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Six Chart Design Lessons from Visualizations of COVID-19

Important reminders for social scientists when creating visualizations

Adapted from a talk for the American Evaluation Association’s Data Visualization and Reporting Technical Interest Group

I remember the first COVID-19 chart that came across my news feed that prompted questions I couldn’t answer. At the time, the charts were double-digit case counts from Singapore with active, recovered, and fatal cases displayed on individual graphs — a simpler time than what…




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Amanda Makulec

Amanda Makulec

Data viz designer and enthusiast for using data for social good and public health. MPH. Operations Director @datavizsociety and Data Viz Lead @excellaco.

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