Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data 1st Edition
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Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data 1st Edition  (English, Paperback, Stephen Few, Colleen Wheeler)

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Shroff/o'reilly Exclusive
  • ISBN: 9780596100162, 0596100167
  • Edition: 1st, 2006
  • Pages: 224
Description
Dashboards have become popular in recent years as uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance. Although dashboards are potentially powerful, this potential is rarely realized. The greatest display technology in the world won't solve this if you fail to use effective visual design. And if a dashboard fails to tell you precisely what you need to know in an instant, you'll never use it, even if it's filled with cute gauges, meters, and traffic lights. Don't let your investment in dashboard technology go to waste.

This book will teach you the visual design skills you need to create dashboards that communicate clearly, rapidly, and compellingly. Information Dashboard Design will explain how to:

  • Avoid the thirteen mistakes common to dashboard design
  • Provide viewers with the information they need quickly and clearly
  • Apply what we now know about visual perception to the visual presentation of information
  • Minimize distractions, cliches, and unnecessary embellishments that create confusion
  • Organize business information to support meaning and usability
  • Create an aesthetically pleasing viewing experience
  • Maintain consistency of design to provide accurate interpretation
  • Optimize the power of dashboard technology by pairing it with visual effectiveness

About The Author
Stephen Few has over 20 years of experience as an IT innovator, consultant, and educator. As Principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge, Stephen focuses on data visualization for analyzing and communicating quantitative business information. He provides consulting and training services, speaks frequently at conferences, and teaches in the MBA program at the University of California in Berkeley. He is also the author of Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten.

Table Of Contents
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Clarifying the Vision
    • All That Glitters is Not Gold
    • Even Dashboards have a History
    • Dispelling the Confusion
    • A 'Timely Opportunity
Chapter 2 Variations in Dashboards Uses and Data Categorizing Dashboards
    • Typical Dashboards Data
Chapter 3 Thirteen Common Mistakes in Dashboard Design
    • Exceeding the Boundaries of a Single Scree
    • Supplying Inadequate Context for the Data
    • Displaying Excessive Detail Precision
    • Choosing a Deficient Measure
    • Choosing Inappropriate Display Media
    • Introducing Meaningless Variety
    • Using Poorly Designed Display Media
    • Encoding Quantitative Data Inaccurately
    • Arranging the Data Poorly
    • Highlighting Important Data Ineffectively or Not at All
    • Cluttering the Display with Useless Decoration
    • Misusing or Overusing Color
    • Designing an Unattractive Visual Display
Chapter 4 Tapping into The Power of Visual Perception
    • Understanding the Limits of Short-Term Memory
    • Visually Encoding Data for Rapid Perception
    • Gestalt Principles of Visual Perception
    • Applying the Principles of Visual Perception to Dashboard Design
Chapter 5 Eloquence Through Simplicity
    • Characteristics of a Well-Designed Dashboard
    • Key Goals in the Visual Design Process
Chapter 6 Effective Dashboard Display Media
    • Select the Best Display Medium
    • An Ideal Library of Dashboard Display Media
    • Summary
Chapter 7 Designing Dashboards for Usability
    • Organize the Information to Support Its Meaning and Use
    • Maintain Consistency for Quick and Accurate Interpretation
    • Make the Viewing Experience Aesthetically Pleasing
    • Design for Use as a Launch Pad
    • Test Your Design for Usability
Chapter 8 Putting It All Together
    • Sample Sale Dashboard
    • Sample CIO Dashboard
    • Sample Telesales Dashboard
    • Sample Marketing Analysis Dashboard
    • A Final Word
Appendix
Index
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Book Details
Publication Year
  • 2006
Contributors
Author
  • Stephen Few
Dimensions
Width
  • 8.58 inch
Height
  • 10.00 inch
Weight
  • 842 g
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