Is America Turning Purple?

With Hillary Clinton scheduled to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president tonight in Philadelphia, the U.S. general election is officially upon us.

Election Results

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That means we can expect plenty of fireworks, cable news prognostication, and partisan bile in the next three months. Most of that, it’s safe to say, is best ignored. Fortunately, an election year also brings plenty for the history- and data-minded among us.

With Nov. 8 in mind, we took a look at how state-by-state voting results have changed over the last 13 presidential elections. You can find our visualization – made in OnePager for Excel – here, or expand it by clicking the thumbnail on this page. Bright blue means an overwhelming Democratic victory, and red means the same for the Republicans. Shades of purple represent a closer vote; true purple would be a 50-50 tie.

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Visualizing a ‘Brexit’ Project Plan

It’s enough to make any professional project manager’s skin crawl. The United Kingdom’s pending exit from the European Union – the biggest shakeup in Western statecraft since the fall of the Soviet Union – appears to be proceeding essentially without a plan.

David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister, is stepping down before October. He’s said he won’t trigger Article 50 – the EU’s method for a member state resigning – in the near future; that’s up to his successor. And even when (or if) Article 50 is invoked, no one quite knows exactly how the “Brexit” itself will work – the rule has never been used.

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Visualizing Greatness: Muhammad Ali’s Pro Boxing Career

As you surely know by now, boxer, social activist and global icon Muhammad Ali died over the weekend at age 74.

While there was so much more to Ali’s life than just his boxing career, it’s stunning to look at what he accomplished (and what more he could have accomplished) in the ring.

Using Microsoft® Excel and OnePager® plan communication software, we’ve created a visual representation of Ali’s 20-plus year boxing career. Flags represent the location of his fights (the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman, for instance, was contested in Kinshasa, Zaire).

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Are Gantt Charts Data Visualization or Infographics?

Human beings have been using visuals to communicate for some 40,000 years. Whether it’s a cave painting of a deer or a complex, computer-generated chart showing the steps involved in building a rocket, the aim is the same: Get the information across as efficiently as possible, in a universally understandable manner. Visuals rely on language and cultural cues significantly less than spoken or written words; in many ways, they’re simply easier for (most people’s) brains to process.
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Who’s ‘a Head’ in the Presidential Polls?

Ranking of 2016 Republican presidential candidates (click to enlarge).

Ranking of 2016 Republican presidential candidates (click to enlarge).

Just in time for those awkward Thanksgiving dinners where you have to sit next to that uncle whose political views are diametric opposites from yours, here are a pair of infographics (created in OnePager, of course) that show how the US presidential candidates from each party have stacked up against each other month-by-month.

These infographics are based on monthly average polling data from Real Clear Politics.


Ranking of 2016 Democratic presidential candidates (click to enlarge)

The size of each candidate’s head is proportional to their polling numbers relative to the first-place contender at the beginning of each month. For example, on November 1, 2015, RCP reported that Donald Trump polled an average of 26.6% while Ben Carson polled an average of 23.6%. As a result, Carson’s head is 88.7% the size of Trump’s in November.

We realize that almost all of you use OnePager exclusively for work-related purposes, but sometimes it’s a good way to make your relatives squirm, too.

Use Perspective to Get New Meaning from the Same Data

I absolutely love art like this!  The artist is so in touch with the perspective of the camera/viewer that they can trick our eye into making a two-dimensional piece of art seem three-dimensional.  But it’s not a trick, it’s just good use of perspective.

mh922-perspectiveWith OnePager it’s actually very easy to flip your data around to provide a different point of view to your audience, which may bring to light different and important information to be absorbed.
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