Dona Wong

Dona Wong believes that the ability to communicate clearly through effective charts and graphs is as indispensable a skill as good writing.

At Yale, Dona studied information design with renowned professor and author Edward Tufte. After eight years as business graphics editor at The New York Times, she headed the information graphics department at the The Wall Street Journal, where she was responsible for setting the graphics standard for the newspaper, making visual sense of complex data for millions of readers.

Today, Dona is a communications consultant who specializes in data visualization and presentation graphics. She speaks at major corporations, government agencies, and conferences on the topic of presentation graphics and information design. Learn more

“Dona Wong’s outstanding new book artfully blends lessons on data analysis and graphic design. She shows us how to make our complex, confusing graphs and presentations both simple and powerful.”

  • — Peter Tufano, Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management, Harvard Business School

“I had the great pleasure of hearing Dona Wong speak at a National Press Club event in October 2009. Afterward I couldn’t decide whether to try to hire her to counsel our clients on effective, state-of-the-art information design, book her at the Improv, or ask her to headline my kid’s birthday party. I laughed, I cried, it was better than ‘Cats.’ This woman knows how to educate and entertain at the same time. Talk about energy and charisma. Wow.”

  • — David Marin, Principal, The Podesta Group

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures

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About the book

“The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics” is a step-by-step guide to effective visual communications. Whether you work in marketing, finance, government or health care, the ability to express yourself in the language of graphics is becoming a critical job skill. In our increasingly data-driven world, you have to convey your message visually, whether it is a PowerPoint show, charts and graphs in an annual report, or a budget illustration. Read the WSJ Guide to learn how to analyze data, use colors to your advantage and choose the right chart form. Ultimately, the book gives professionals the tools – and the confidence – to control the message and communicate with decision makers in the most effective way.

Dona on graphics

Great Presentations Are Your Best Calling Cards
Powerful visual presentations with great charts and graphics can make all the difference. They are critical to winning new business. They reinforce your brand and build your reputation. An effective chart can drive home to decisionmakers the breadth and depth of your customer base, your leading performance records, and the competitive growth outlook for your company. Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek

Info Graphics Graphically Defined
Can all information be communicated visually? Yes, all information can be communicated visually, but not all words or data should be replaced by visuals. A successful communicator uses the right combination of graphics, photos, words, gestures, voice—you name it. All information graphics have one common goal—to communicate the intended message. Read more at Print magazine

Speaking Engagements

Dona Wong speaks at major corporations, government agencies, and conferences on the topic of presentation graphics and information design. Ask Dona