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Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    Great material with great visuals on quality paper.

    The reason why title mentions the paper is because this book is a joy to flip through and read (visually). The colors stand out and make their point, which reinforces the meaning of the book about use of colors for accurate representation of data meaning and relevancy (among other things). The only negative to the entire book experience is that it could have used a better editor, if there even was an editor. the book is filled with first person references. I this... I that... I me mine... Which can be a bit distracting, in an otherwise very professionally written book. While the book hits all the right notes, the flow is sometimes abruptly stopped on phrases like "this dashboard doesn't work for obvious reasons" or "this chart misrepresents relevancy of data". To a professional reading this, the mening of those phrases is obvious and there are certainly enough ideas for solving these problems with more compelling presentation. But not every reader is a professional with experience, and the less experienced reader will have to settle for taking authors word for the fact that this doesn't work, and this is a better way. You can take my word for it too. Stephen's ideas are good, and frequently great, but a good editor would have helped make the content flow a bit better, and make it more accessible to a broader audience.

    Cons aside, the main Pro of the book is that the material is very good. It doesn't bash mainstream designs like the other reviewer said. Instead it picks on the main flaw in mainstream data representation. Too often the designer is woried less about the decisions that the presentation will lend to making, and far more about the first-time-wow appeal, so that the board room full of big wigs that paid for the darn thing could say "NICE! We like all the pretty fluff." Of course once they get to making decisions, they won't have enough data or be lost in organization to make meaningful interpretations and be left with having to make additional discoveries on their own to implement enterprise change. This happens all the time all over today's businesses. So in fact, the bad design IS mainstream, and any self-respecting designer, developer, architect, UI professional, UX professional, statistician, manager, executive, or anyone whose hands touch any of the data presenting materials ought to read this book or a book like this one, and say no to irrelevant ink and useless fluff, and know for a fact, not by a gut feel, the reasons, methods, and principles which make good presentation and cause data to translate to action. BE GONE DATA PUKES!

    Do yourself a favor. Read the book.

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