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Benefits of Interactive Data Visualizations

Some companies choose to ignore the growing stacks of data and continue to rely on standard methods like spreadsheets that offer little customer insight. Others take a leap and bring in software that helps [more…]

Guidelines for Using Infographics

Infographics have gained great favor of late. If done well, they can illuminate a problem and tell an interesting story. Infographics use design rules to artfully display text, numbers, metaphors, and [more…]

Examining Different Types of Infographics

Infographics have generated great interest on the Internet because of their ability to entertain as well as enlighten. Several types of infographics are currently popular. The following list can help you [more…]

5 Online Infographic Tools

If you want to try your hand at infographics, lots of great online tools are available. Many of them supply graphic and design templates that simplify things for do-it-yourselfers. [more…]

Defining Big Data

Suddenly, everyone is talking about the presence of Big Data and its impact. Hasn't there always been a steady stream of data that companies can employ? What makes the data so [more…]

Using Big Data to Understand Customers

With Big Data, you can become customer-centric in ways you never could before. You can go beyond transactional reports about customer buying habits and drill down to customer sentiment and motivation. [more…]

Challenges of Big Data

You can probably see the value Big Data brings to any organization that makes an effort to use it. You get not only productivity gains, but also faster insight into your problems. However, anyone who spends [more…]

Collecting Structured and Unstructured Data

Data collected in the past was structured and could fit into neat rows and columns. An example of this would be an Excel spreadsheet with delimited data [more…]

Ensuring the Use of Quality Data

The quality of your data, not your choice of tool, determines the value of your visualization. In a 2013 article in the Harvard Business Review titled [more…]

Choosing Tools for Data Visualization

When creating data visualizations, the most important thing to focus on is data preparation, not tools. That said, it's easy to be distracted by the variety of tools that are available for creating visualization [more…]

Data Visualization: Charts for Beginners

When you're new to a subject, you seek guidelines that help you master the content. Creating charts is no exception. The purpose of a chart is to package information in a way that makes it quickly understandable [more…]

Data Visualization: Choosing Simple and Effective Charts

Although you have many chart types to choose among when presenting data, it's good to start with some of the simple and most commonly used charts for the most chance for success: bar and column charts, [more…]

Using Gauges and Scorecards to Monitor Data

Do you always need to create a chart for your data? The answer is "Not always." You can use other devices instead, such as a gauge or scorecard. People are familiar with gauges because we use them in everyday [more…]

Data Visualization: Using Less-Common Charts

When you're trying to find visually appealing charts to display your data, it's important to keep in mind that the ultimate goal of any data visualization is to take a huge data set and display intelligence [more…]

Rules for Adding Text to Your Data Visualization

Adding any form of text to data visualizations may seem to be counterintuitive, but with the right application, text can be a powerful addition to any data visualization. Before you go crazy adding text [more…]

Adding Text Labeling to Data Visualizations

One of the quickest ways to apply text to any data visualization is to add labels. Labels describe what the user is seeing. They're easy to use, easy to read, and easy to apply. [more…]

Tips for Text Positioning on Data Visualizations

You may have heard the saying "It's all about where you place it," which could not be truer when it comes to adding text to data visualizations. Wrongly placed text can lead to misinterpretation of the [more…]

Choosing Text Fonts for Data Visualizations

Choosing the perfect text font for any given data visualization can be a tricky process. Although increasing the size of a word may convey emphasis or importance, it's not always the best route as it may [more…]

Choosing Text Colors for Data Visualizations

In your data visualizations, you should choose a font color that's easy to read, such as black, gray, or dark blue. You should use this consistent color scheme throughout your data visualizations. The [more…]

Adding Text Analysis to Data Visualizations

One of the most powerful ways to add context to your data visualizations is to include text analysis. In the Business Intelligence Dashboard Formula world, text analysis is defined as a short sentence [more…]

Applying Gestalt Theory to Data Visualization

You may think that web designers create user experiences based solely on intuition and imagination. But believe it or not, today's designers adhere to Gestalt theory, which are principles uncovered by [more…]

Data Visualization: Common Visual Patterns

When you begin to create visualizations, you may be concerned about the placement of your charts, graphs, and other key data. Because you are new to data visualization, you may feel that you don't have [more…]

Creating Data Visualizations with Templates

When creating data visualizations, templates have become popular because they help novice designers use the expertise of more experienced designers. A template is a guide that helps you to create something [more…]

Data Visualization: Designing for Mobile Devices

Until a few years ago, when a designer created a paper-based ad or brochure, she could plan exactly how it would look after it was printed. The designer knew the format and how customers would view it. [more…]

Data Visualization: Why Business Intelligence is Important

Did you know that there is an entire multi-billion-dollar industry that focuses on the practice of building and using analytics reports and data visualizations [more…]

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