About Me

Welcome to my Data Visualization blog. I have been blogging about data visualization for over five years now. I owe any success I have with this blog to the people who are consistently following and visiting it; offering their opinions and feedback. For that, I thank you for taking a look and supporting my blog.

I primarily have been focusing on several topic areas:

  • Data Visualization
  • Infographics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Historical Aspects of Data Visualization (e.g., John Snow’s Cholera Map)
  • Storytelling
  • Data Prep
  • Interviews with interesting people in the BI & Analytic profession
  • Datavizzes related to social issues as well as social good
  • Cartography (I love maps!)
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • …and the list could keep going

Right now, my main work-related areas of interest are in trying to find the best ways to convey information quickly to my business partners that allow them to make actionable decisions. I am also very interested in tools and techniques to improve the sometimes difficult task of prepping data.

I currently use Tableau and Alteryx in my work environment.

I have an exciting, challenging job that excites me every day. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love on a daily basis.

On a personal note, I decided when I originally started my blog to not allow sponsorship of my site so I can be objective about my views on all topics, particularly those related to BI and Analytics (BI&A). You will not see me beating up on the various BI and Analytics platforms or any of their executive leadership (well, maybe some scolding).

TheData Archaeology, Inc. mantra that I  preach to everyone (or anyone who will listen) is to get our business partners or clients excited about their data. Now the way to do that could come in many different forms: understanding what the business wants and not assuming IT knows best, being partners and collaborating with our business partners versus having an Us vs. Them mentality, great data visualization, self-service BI and what does that really mean, data anywhere (e.g., multiple devices), properly organized data that is easy to access, asking questions, making mistakes AND learning from it, and providing actionable insights.

If you want to contact me directly, please drop me an e-mail at tableau@cox.net.  I can also be found on Twitter at @michaelangeles.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you visit often.

Best regards,

Last Updated: May 20, 2018

Copyright (c) 2013-2018, Michael S. Sandberg. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Hi Michael –

    Really like your blog and your approach. I’m a big fan of data visualization, and making it easier for others to enjoy.

    I am very interested to know your thoughts on the approach we’re taking with http://www.datacopia.com … where we’ve reversed the charting process, so you no longer need to know up front how you want to represent your data – you just plug it in and let the system suggest the best fit visualizations.

    many thanks!

  2. Putting lipstick on pig….what good is visualization when your underlying data is flawed? Selling kool-aid to the suckers, not for me.

  3. Hello Michael,
    Relative to your much talked about Chat of Political Liars . I know it would be a huge undertaking, but could you publish a similar chart for all of Congress (house and senate)?


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