Business dashboards must communicate enormous amounts of information almost instantaneously. But, cluttered with gauges, meters, and traffic lights, too many of them simply bewilder their users. This is a problem in visual design -- and Stephen Few has solutions.
Few starts by helping you clarify what your dashboard must communicate and more clearly understand your users’ needs. You’ll learn how to align your designs around the strengths and weaknesses of human perception, simplify them, and make them more useful. You’ll also learn how to avoid 13 common pitfalls -- from inadequate context to useless decoration to just-plain ugliness. Few puts his principles to work in four chapter-length case studies: for sales, telesales, marketing, and the IT organization itself.
Your dashboard users will thank you for reading this book -- and taking its advice to heart. Bill Camarda, from the February 2006 Read Only