Information Dashboard Design

Information Dashboard Design – The Effective Visual Communication of Data, by Stephen Few.

OK, this title included a lot of the information (verbatim) from Few’s Show Me the Numbers. It made sense to review it, given that he was again discussing effective visual communications. If you only want to read one of the books and you have any interest in dashboards, I would just start with this one. It teaches the same information on how and when to use tables and charts, plus it teaches you the specific design guidelines you need when working on dashboards. I haven’t read all of Tufte’s work yet, but it’s nice to see some of his guidelines applied more specifically to electronic presentation.

Having read the book, I know a lot more about what works and doesn’t work in dashboards. I have no idea how to build one though, as the book does not cover any construction methods in any software applications.


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