I get it. You already know Excel. Tableau is just plain confusing (and annoying, and expensive). I’ve been there. But Tableau can do things that Excel cannot. Like directly weave a bunch of different data sources, living in different databases and on different servers, into the same dashboard. All with automated updates. Or creating a […]
Most “qualitative data visualization” is really just quantitative data visualization. There are tons of qualitative researchers and evaluators who have spent careers fighting the notion that their data should be presented numerically in summary tables. Using words like most and few instead of something that would be artificially precise. Down with word clouds (a.k.a. visualized […]
My preferred way to create a dashboard is to start with something simple, crude even. Then over time, adapt. The faster the dashboard goes live, the better. This is the way most web software is built. Always in beta, changes are then made based on the needs of the users. Many organizations put in most […]
A lot of organizations get tied up with the whole “car dashboard look.” That’s all surface area stuff. Real dashboards give us access to information we can use to make decisions. Our actions should also be able to influence the data. Fuel gauges and speedometers give us data we can influence through our actions. Do […]
I’m pulling from my archive this week. Cartoons will be all about data visualization.
During this week’s Thursday discussions over at diydatadesign we’ll be talking about different strategies for visualizing survey data. Preparing for that call inspired this post. The Problem Surveys are not setup in a narrative format. So after the results roll in and it’s time to sit down in a meeting to go over the results, you could be […]