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Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Databy Stephen Few
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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:
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. Visit his website at www.perceptualedge.com.
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To facilitate the proper use of this single-screen method of displaying vital data, an Information Technology expert introduces dashboards as a new incarnation of the Executive Information Systems (EISs) of the 1980s. Few (MBA program, U. of California, Berkeley) presents this tool's popularity as due to the growing attention on closely monitoring data prompted by recent corporate scandals. With sample dashboards, he covers good and poor design. The guide includes color graphics and a brief annotated recommended reading list.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
To facilitate the proper use of this single-screen method of displaying vital data, an Information Technology expert introduces dashboards as a new incarnation of the Executive Information Systems (EISs) of the 1980s. Few (MBA program, U. of California, Berkeley) presents this tool's popularity as due to the growing attention on closely monitoring data prompted by recent corporate scandals. With sample dashboards, he covers good and poor design. The guide includes color graphics and a brief annotated recommended reading list. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An information dashboard is a user interface that presents summarized information from several sources in one display. Perfect for business managers who need to monitor different business sectors or activities, dashboards are interactive front ends that make it easy for users to get meaningful information at a glance from large databases. (They're not to be confused with Apple's Dashboard utility in Mac OS X Tiger that features mini-applications such as stock-quote tickers, web-cam displays, calculators, etc.).
Information Dashboard Design explains what dashboards can do, and how to design them to achieve their potential as powerful presentations of important and timely information. A dashboard must be designed according to a tailored set of design principles and practices that are rooted in an understanding of human visual perception. Author Stephen Few, an information design educator and consultant, is one of a handful of people truly qualified to write a book on this subject. He focuses on design principles and hands-on, exercise-based learning. A companion web site is available to support and extend materials in the book.
About the Author
<div><b>Stephen Few</b> is the founder of the consulting firm Perceptual Edge. He has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and educator in the fields of data warehousing and information design. He lives in Berkeley, California.<br></div>
Table of Contents
CopyrightDedicationAbout the AuthorIntroductionAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: Clarifying the VisionChapter 2: Variations in Dashboard Uses and DataChapter 3: Thirteen Common Mistakes in Dashboard DesignChapter 4: Tapping into the Power of Visual PerceptionChapter 5: Eloquence Through SimplicityChapter 6: Effective Dashboard Display MediaChapter 7: Designing Dashboards for UsabilityChapter 8: Putting It All TogetherAppendix A: Recommended ReadingColophon
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