Critical Thinking for Data Storytelling

Introduction Most forms of storytelling follow a narrative arc. The most common narrative arc is structured in three parts. First comes the setup, which helps put the issue in context. Then comes the conflict or tension and finally, there is the resolution. When looking to create a data story you want to be able to… Read more »

5 Things You Can Do in Quadrigram

Intro With the explosion of data, it is becoming critical to have tools that help interpret information in new and novel ways. There are plenty of tools that help to do this. However, some have steep learning curves and require development skills and practices.  Quadrigram requires no programming skills and it’s aim is to get… Read more »

Design Tips: Typography

Choosing Typeface Quadrigram editor offers twenty different typefaces. Whether it is for a web article or a slide presentation, the shape and structure of your text is important. While there are many categories for typefaces, there are two which stand out, serif and sans-serif. Serif typefaces are recognized by the vertical and horizontal lines at… Read more »

Chart Selection Basics: Using Scatter Plots

Understanding the Type of Data As covered in a previous blog post, identifying the type and amount of variables in a dataset is key to choosing the right chart type. Scatter plots are useful for exploring relationships through use of two or three variables.  Lets begin by exploring the following dataset: The dataset above looks at different… Read more »

Chart Selection Basics

Chart Selection Basics Data Visualization is its own art form. But like any art form, the difference between novice and a master lies in having a deep understanding of the fundamentals. In this section, we will cover the basics of data visualization by looking at the mechanics and individual elements needed to visualize data. Having… Read more »

The mise en place (links!) for Data Visualization

Every chef has their mise en place, the necessary ingredients needed to make an incredible meal. The process for visualizing data is no different. To make a great “meal” you need the freshest ingredients, and the elements laid out to begin “cooking”. Here we’ve made a list of some of our favorite resources to help you get… Read more »

Designing for Interaction

Designing for Interaction One of the advantages of Quadrigram is its built-in interactive features that give your audience greater control over the story you are presenting. Clicking on the data points allows your users to see more closely whats happening. When making an interactive data story, the question then becomes, how do you know when… Read more »