- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596100167
- ISBN-13: 978-0596100162
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data 1st Edition
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About the Author
Stephen Few is the author of Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten (2004), Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data (2006), and Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis (2009). Stephen is recognized as a world leader in the field of data visualization and he has worked for more than 25 years as an information technology innovator, educator, and consultant. As the principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge, he focuses on practical uses of data visualization to explore, analyze, and present quantitative information. He also teaches in the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley.
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If you have read Few's other work, Show Me The Numbers, then you will notice plenty of overlap in content (I actually prefer that book over this one). Therefore, you wont glean much new information from this work. Overall, I love the detail Few puts into this book since I am intrigued with Data Visualization. It's always good to hear from the experts in the field.
I recommend this for anyone interested in data visualization, dashboards, or design. This book is worth it!
In about 200 pages this book covers every aspect of usable and informative dashboard design. Because of its brevity and readability it's a great recommendation for your manager also!
Before starting any work on a dashboard read this book to learn about: 13 common dashboard mistakes; learning the limits of short-term memory; dashboard usability; and other essential aspects of dashboard design.
This book is worth buying for the four sample dashboard designs at the end of it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Most of the book focuses on the visual aspects of info presentation with some useful forays into areas such as proper requirements/measurements gathering and different user types. Little of the book is on the "back-end" or deep business needs/uses of informational dashboards.
I think the book is well written, wise, and should be required reading for any developer who finds themselves working on an information dashboard or other data presentation project. Readers looking for more business case background or data-wrestling info will need other books but should consider reading this one to make sure all their hardwork doesn't result in a turd of a final presentation/project deliverable.
Stephen Few provides a great overview of dashboard design in this book. Chapter three is particularly good. In it, he lists thirteen common mistakes of dashboard design. Business intelligence software vendors and consultants should definitely read this. Like Edward Tufte before him, Few promotes elegant simplicity as a design goal for visual interfaces. He goes deeper than Tufte, however, and provides many more specific examples.
I have to say this book is a good resource in case you are to design and develop a BI Dashboard.
There are many books out there related to design and to Data Visualization. This book is not about Data Visualization ONLY. I am saying this because I've read some reviews that state this book has somehow too many pages for such a small topic. I personally don't think so. Designing a BI Dashboard is not the same as designing a web board or simply a common dashboard. The topic is deep enough to deserve a whole book, maybe more. And this one is all about the BI Dashboard Interface.
If you plan to develop such a dashboard, you cannot rely only on this book, but you sure will need it to learn how to deal to the basic and more intrincate secrets about how to visualize BI information. You will need to know about how to choose KPIs, how to choose between many visualizations regarding KPIs, and so forth. But you will also need this book.
The book is wonderfully designed. The fonts, the background colors, everything on it makes you think about how much care you can take when editing a book. Highly recommended, but only if you have to deal with BI information, not ANY information that you need to visualize.
I couldn't say whether or not this information is better seen elsewhere (I haven't yet read Tufte) I will say that I did learn much from its presentation here and highly recommend it to anyone working on a dashboard. One could level the same criticisms against Don't Make Me Think, but its brief and quirky presentation elevates it over its sources' typically verbose and dry styles. Perhaps that's the same with Few, I couldn't say.
If you're anywhere near a dashboard, I suggest giving this a quick read.