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Data at Work: Best practices for creating effective charts and information graphics in Microsoft® Excel® by Jorge Camões

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16. Conclusion

A data analyst and former coworker once asked me, with an ironic smile and half incredulously, whether data visualization was really a thing. It seemed strange to him that something as obvious as chart making could be a subject of study outside of learning how to make charts in an Excel training course.

For our business organization, trusting the numbers (the data) and having an intelligent discourse about them were essential qualities, and rightly so. As for charts, most people have never been required to present more than a few colorful slides in PowerPoint presentations. Some business organization rituals are like that.

It’s All About Pragmatism, Not Aesthetics

I wrote this book thinking of those for whom charts represent the ...

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