Just a guess here, but I don’t think smart phones are going away anytime soon.
I think it’s time to really start focusing on how we can use the technology as a reporting tool. And stop pretending that it’s not the place where a large number of our stakeholders engage with our programs on a daily basis.
Report using email applications.
What better place to start out your mobile-responsive reporting than with email?
Tell me the last time you read a report on your phone. Now how about the last time you read your email?
By using a tool like Mailchimp, you can create custom report templates. Just try to keep it simple. And as a bonus, you also get some powerful analytics like open rates and click rates. You’re not getting that from your PDF.
Report using blogging software.
WordPress and Square Space make really nice web-based reporting tools. And you won’t have to hire some amazing designer to make your site mobile-responsive. Instead, you’ll have tons of responsive template options to choose from.
Create mobile-friendly charts, visuals, and infographics.
This story sparked today’s post. Don’t Teach Data Journalism Without Teaching Mobile-First Design.
The lack of mobile-design thinking among data visualization experts and software companies is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Far too many professional tools put a lot of focus on desktop dashboard systems, large image infographics, or high resolution visualizations. But panning and zooming is not my idea of engaging mobile design.
The alternative mobile-friendly way to visualize is to create smaller resolution images AND larger text charts, visuals, and infographics. You know, the kind that would actually be readable on a smart phone.
Think small multiples just in separate image files.
Test on multiple devices.
Try out your report using chrome, firefox, internet explorer, safari, mac, pc, laptops, desktops, ios, android, tablets and phones.
Any number of factors can change the look of your report. Don’t wait until after you deliver when you start hearing complaints.
What did I miss?
Anyone else trying out a mobile-responsive reporting approach? Would love to hear some additional tips.