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Analytics Dispatch 8/2/2021

In defense of simple charts

K.I.S.S.
In Defense of Simple Charts
“Nonstandard” charts are exciting and flashy, but a simple bar chart or line graph can communicate multitudes, especially when they’re well designed and highlighting interesting data. - Datawrapper

HOOKED ON A FEELING
Self-serve Is a Feeling
As data teams, we chase the self-serve experience that we think we’re supposed to build. We should be more critical of that, and chase the self-serve experience that makes us and our customers feel most at home. - benn.substack

LESS PERSONAL CARE, MORE PARENTING
The Pandemic Changed How We Spent Our Time
Most years, the American Time Use Survey reflects the ways in which changes in technology, society, and the economy subtly shift how we spend our days. For 2020, it reflected the sudden rupture of daily life. - The New York Times

TALE AS OLD AS TIME
Building a Data Team at a Mid-stage Startup: A Short Story
Gather round, folks, and hear a tale of fragmented data and unclear expectations, of organizational challenges and data-demotivated culture. - Erik Bernhardsson

BLUE PETER BADGE
BBC Visual and Data Journalism Cookbook for R Graphics
Have you always admired the BBC’s graphics and wanted to snag their style for your own charts? Now you can! - BBC Open Source

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