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Mekko Graphics: Betsy Johnson
I'm a Mekko Graphics specialist working at Knowledge Management Associates, LLC
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We'd like to introduce what we hope will be a useful tool for you! Here's a presentation that provides working examples of different uses of Marimekko Charts. The charts were all built with Mekko Graphics software. Feel free to let... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Telling the Story
Charts are a great way to show changes over time. Line charts are particularly effective in displaying and comparing trends (changes over time). Stacked Bar charts are most often used to demonstrate a mix within the data, i.e. the relationship... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Telling the Story
Six Sigma is a methodology and a business philosophy that is aimed at enhancing the efficiency and productivity of a business to increase turnover and profits. Introduced in 1986, Motorola initiated this effort as a strategy for businesses to try... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Telling the Story
Recently, during the Q&A portion of our Mekko Graphics webinar, I was asked how to know when to use a line chart versus when to use a scatter chart. This is a great question, as scatter charts and line charts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Telling the Story
One of the huge enhancements to Mekko Graphics 5 is the new and improved Preference Manager. We’ve given the Preference Manager a face lift, and the result is that creating and customizing your Mekko Graphics charts is now even faster... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Telling the Story
We've taken Mekko Graphics to the next level. Mekko Graphics 5 is now available and includes new features in direct response to your requests. And we've added some surprises that we think you'll appreciate and enjoy. Fully compatible with MS... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Telling the Story
Technological “State of the Union” history was made this week by President Obama on Here’s a brief history of the State of the Union address. In 1790, George Washington gave the first State of the Union address. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Telling the Story
Today, we have a guest writer, David Goldstein, Ph.D., Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Knowledge Management Associates, LLC. Thanks for this great post David! Communicating IT Value to the Business George Westerman gave an excellent talk at last week's Boston... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Telling the Story
Our FREE Mekko Graphics 2.0 Webinar has been a huge success! This more advanced training session takes it to the next level, going beyond the basics by introducing some of the more advanced features that truly distinguish Mekko Graphics to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Telling the Story
I’d like to highlight a chart that doesn’t get too much attention: the Growth/Share chart. This chart examines two variables, relative market share and market growth. Highlighting product categories in relatively strong and weak market positions, it is a four-cell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Telling the Story
Thank you Mike! I appreciate the comment, and in fact, my plan is to expand upon this initial post and highlight specific charts in the matrix for each type of comparison identified by Zelazny. Stay tuned for future posts that get more specific, highlighting example charts displaying these different types of comparisons.
“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.” – Kahlil Gibran Mekko Graphics offers dozens of chart types from which to choose. But how to do you know which chart is the right one for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Telling the Story
A start-up home furnishing company wishes to examine the home furnishing industry to determine where they should invest their resources for the biggest payoff. Their goal is to make decisions about which markets to inject themselves into, that will give... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Telling the Story
Want to get more into the science of charting, design and visual communication? Here's 10 great books on the subject. Some of my suggestions are more chart-specific; others are excellent reference books for displaying information visually. 1. The Wall Street... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Telling the Story
Did you know that there’s a strong, positive correlation between ice cream purchases and murder rates? When ice cream purchases increase, murder rates increase. When ice cream purchases decrease, murder rates decrease. Does ice cream cause murder? Two relationships between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Telling the Story
You spoke and we listened! Announcing our FREE Mekko Graphics 2.0 Webinar - to premiere later this summer. We’re in the process of developing content right now and we'd love your feedback. We plan to include some charts and functions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Telling the Story
Last week, the Obama administration revamped its site with features that allow visitors to do more in-depth analysis about how their tax dollars are spent. The site was originally launched as a part of the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at Telling the Story
A recent New York Times article about how PowerPoint presentations are a major problem in the military contains an example of an actual PowerPoint slide used last summer in Kabul meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy. The... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Telling the Story
We all know the use of different media has drastically shifted over time. The Atlantic recently had an interesting article on how we consume information and how our sources of information have changed. Clearly, the big losers here are print... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Telling the Story
Ya gotta love Twitter. Our CEO came across this blog post through a TweetBeep Alert on the word "Mekko". It's a bar-mekko chart (sometimes referred to as a variwide chart) of U.S. CO2 emissions by state. Here's the chart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Telling the Story
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Mar 15, 2010
A recent article in the Business section of the New York Times referenced a chart which compared recommended nutrition servings to federal subsidies. (PCRM) At first glance this chart appears to show a severe imbalance between nutritional needs and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Telling the Story
“The ability to communicate clearly through effective charts and graphs is as indispensable a skill as good writing.” So says, Dona Wong, author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don'ts of Presenting Data, Facts,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Telling the Story
A recent article in the NY Times "Paying for the Olympics: The Toughest Course" displays both the revenue and expenses of the governing International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee (which receives funding from the IOC) in an impressive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at Telling the Story
Planning to upgrade or change your version Microsoft Office? Since upgrading or downgrading your Office version can lead to changes that prevent Mekko from running properly, our recommendation is that you uninstall Mekko Graphics from your computer prior to your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Telling the Story