Archive by Author

The Right Visualization for the Job

Some people seem to think that data visualization has to be extreme, fancy, complicated and dense. I’ve seen visualizations that are incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring as a design or programming portfolio piece. But they do little to illuminate the subject at hand. The other end of the spectrum is the lowly bar chart or pie […]

To Interact or Not to Interact?

The world is getting more visual every day. See the meteoric rise of Instagram and Pinterest and the explosion of infographics as recent proof points. People want to see information, not simply read about it. This is, in part, due to the ever-expanding amount of information we are processing on a daily basis. We have […]

The Best Hockey Team Ever

So it turns out the best hockey team ever…was the 1929-1930 Boston Bruins. Yep. That’s right. Data visualization is great. It lets you take the numbers, play with them for awhile, and find a way to make sure that the Boston Bruins come out on top! But seriously, there are a lot of interesting stories […]

ASK… What Makes a Good Data Visualization

There’s good data visualization and there’s bad data visualization. Rather than quote Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of porn (read Jacobellis v. Ohio), I think there is actually a very specific answer to the question what makes a good data visualization? It can be summarized in the acronym ASK. A = Accuracy First, a […]


We’re listening! Listen. It is the most important thing I do…for my clients, my friends, my family, etc. Rather than getting too Oprah about its importance for life in general, which it is, I’ll focus here on how listening applies to my world at Beehive Media. Any engagement begins with a “sales” process. I put […]

4X4 Model for Knowledge Content

No one reads any more. The long form is dead. The written word?  That’s for grandpa! It’s all about video, baby! Everything I just said  is entirely accurate. And yet it’s all wrong. The King is Dead. Long  Live the King. The fact is that the web and its associated information overload has  given us […]