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How to Avoid Some Common Graphical Mistakes

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For our January event, we have a fantastic opportunity to catch Naomi Robbins (Author of “Creating More Effective Graphs”) while she is visiting Texas!

DESCRIPTION: The idea for this session came from a question asked at a New York DataViz Meetup. An audience member asked “What is wrong with pie charts?” Naomi decided to develop a program that is more basic than their usual events. Although this talk will be elementary, I suspect that most attendees will identify with many of the mistakes shown.

Good graphs are extremely powerful tools for communicating quantitative information clearly and accurately. Unfortunately, many of the graphs we see today are poor graphs that confuse, mislead or deceive the reader. These poor graphs often occur because the graph designer is not familiar with the principles of effective graphs or because the software used has a poor choice of default settings. We point out some of these graphical mistakes. In most cases, very simple changes make the resulting graphs easier for the reader to understand. In addition, we show some common mistakes with tables. We end with some useful little-known graph forms that communicate the data more clearly than the everyday graphs that are more commonly used.

NEW FOOD SPONSOR: Ericsson will be sponsoring the Food & Drinks for the event!

NEW LOCATION: Serendipity Labs (in the Dallas HALL Arts building)
2323 Ross Avenue, 1st Floor, Dallas, TX 75201

PARKING: There is a parking garage under the HALL Arts building for $5/hour (Enter from Ross Avenue between Leonard and Crockett Streets), or there is additional parking around the building.

6:30 – Doors Open for Networking & Food
6:50 – Group Announcements
7:00 – How to Avoid Some Common Graphical Mistakes – Naomi Robbins
7:50 – Q&A and Open Discussion

Speaker Bio:
Naomi Robbins is a consultant and seminar leader who specializes in the graphical display of data. She offers keynotes, lunch and learns, short courses and workshops to train employees of corporations and organizations on the effective presentation of data. She also reviews documents and presentations for clients, suggesting improvements or alternative presentations as appropriate. She is the author of “Creating More Effective Graphs.” Naomi is a Past-chair of the Statistical Graphics Section of the American Statistical Association and is the Organizer of the Data Visualization New York Meetup.


January 16
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Serendipity Labs
2323 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201 us
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