My Favorite Pie (Chart): Simple Rules for Clear Visualizations

Dataviz guru Stephen Few once stated that we should “save the pies for dessert”. What he meant is that pie charts are good in some specific use cases, but they should not be used in others. The same is true for other chart types. Using the wrong type of chart will make it harder for report users to understand the story behind the data. To enable insights, information must be presented in the most intuitive way possible. You will leave this session with five easy-to-implement rules, which will guide you through the process of creating clear and attractive visualizations. Every rule will be applied through live demos in Power BI Desktop, where you will learn how to avoid pitfalls from the defaults and turn the right knobs to build clear and helpful visualizations.

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Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

Markus Ehrenmüller-Jensen is the founder of Savory Data and works as a project leader, trainer & consultant for data engineering, business intelligence, and data science since 1994. He is an educated software-engineer, graduated business educator and professor for databases and project engineering at HTL Leonding (technical college) and certified as MCSE Data Platform, MCSE Business Intelligence, and MCT. Markus speaks regularly on international conferences (eg. PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Saturdays, SQL Days, Power BI World Tour, ...) and writes articles for well-known journals. In 2013 he co-founded SQL PASS Austria and in 2015 Austria PUG and organizes SQL Saturdays in Austria since 2014. For his technical leadership in the community he was awarded as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP since 2017.