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Dashboard Trifecta: Combining Beauty and Brains — An Illustration

January 22, 2011

Before going into Usability, I want to share this.  It is a phenomenal demonstration on turning data into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out patterns and connections–powerful enough to change perspectives.  While the speaker focuses specifically on visualizing data, many elements of his work can be applied to dashboarding.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Neal permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:43 pm

    Hello Nancy, Thank you very much for an excellent post! Cool.
    I am working up a methodology that will provide a dashboard for financial operations – so this is and your website is very interesting to me.

    Also, RE the eyes as dominate the sense – here is the great teacher – Aristotle’s comments on this – you and other may find interesting.

    Aristotle’s Metaphysica Translated by W. D. Ross
    Book I (Alpha) Chapters 1-10, Passages 980a-993b;
    Book I Chapter 1
    ALL men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view
    to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing (one might say) to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.

    • January 26, 2011 11:13 am

      Neal, Wow. I have never been referred to Aristotle when talking about work, that that’s so relevant! Thank you for publishing this.

  2. Neal permalink
    January 28, 2011 5:03 pm

    Hello Nancy,

    Timely subject – Excel dashboards are an article in this month’s Journal of Accountancy, Feb. 2011 – See Dashboard Your Scorecard, pg 20.

    • January 29, 2011 8:50 pm

      Neal — How uncanny. I am reading through the article now and am going to use it in my next post. VERY timely indeed, as I have been thinking about posting some live examples.

  3. Matt permalink
    February 16, 2011 12:58 pm

    Awesome Facebook chart!

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