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Hospital Pricing Visualization Challenge

I recently submitted an entry to a data visualization contest sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health 2.0 and The challenge was to create a static or interactive visualization of data on hospital pricing provided by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I’ll find out in mid-September whether I won, which could mean […]

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 […]