Archive for July, 2008

Winners Announced for MicroCharts’ Dashboard Competition

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

BonaVista Systems (the maker of the Excel add-in product MicroCharts), a subsidiary of XL Cubed, has announced the winners of its 2008 Excel Dashboard Competition. You might be surprised to discover how effectively a dashboard can be designed using Excel, when enriched with MicroCharts, which adds sparklines and bullet graphs to Excel’s library of charts. These [...]

Godin’s Silly Rules for Great Graphs

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Seth Godin invited a reaction last week when he ventured into unfamiliar territory by publishing a blog post entitled “The three laws of great graphs.”

One story
No bar charts
Motion

He was apparently engaging in a bit of hyperbole—a statement that is intentionally exaggerated for the purpose of making a point—when he listed as one of his rules: [...]

Visual Thinking for Design

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

The field of information visualization is still relatively young. The milestones that mark its history can be listed and briefly described with the exhalation of a single deep breath. Only a few information visualization events today can be anticipated with guarantees of significance, including:

IEEE’s annual InfoVis Conference, which always provides glimpses of a few new [...]