- 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: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
This book, however, would've been excellent if for one significant literary flaw -- and that is the manner by which Stephen Few kinda whines through the whole book. While I appreciate the method by which ineffective dashboard designs are illustrated to give the reader an idea of how common flawed dashboard designs are, a good chunk of chapter 1, the whole of chapter 3, a few bits of chapters 5 and 7, and just when I thought it was over -- the first half of chapter 8, had been used illustrating bad dashboard design and why things went wrong.
While I do appreciate that there is a concerted effort here in terms of education via repetition, you do get that feeling that the book is also quite repetitive ugly dashboard design.
That being said it remains to be an excellent book, and is an invaluable resource for the study of effective data visualization and communication.
I'm glad I got this book because, although most of the principles introduced are similar to those found in Tufte's Envisioning Information, this book applies these principles in possibly the most challenging situation imaginable.
Information dashboards are incredibly complex and the challenge of creating one is fascinating. Imagine pulling together a dozen (or several dozen) very different daily business performance indicators all onto a single screen that doesn't immediately make you cringe, scratch your head, feel dizzy or desire to close the window as quickly as possible.
And the real trick? The charts on information dashboards, unlike their print and PDF cousins, update in real time. Think jumping line charts, blinking lights, popup alerts.
Discussing how to create an effective graph or diagram is one thing, but in my opinion managing a menagerie of performance indicators for some of the most time-pressed (and not always the most tech-loving) people on the planet - senior managers of large corporations - is a very unique challenge.
Most valuable part of the book in my opinion is the sample dashboards at the end - engaging and pleasant to the eye.
Kudos to this author! This book is definitely in the top 3 of the ones I've read so far on this topic.