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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…]

Data Visualization Storyboard: Documenting Goals

Gaining a clear understanding of your audience's goals and existing pain points will help you determine what to include and — more importantly — what not to include in the storyboard. The easiest way to [more…]

Data Visualization Storyboard: Documenting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Understanding the key measurements that your audience must view, monitor, or track is the last step in developing your story. In simple terms, a key performance indicator [more…]

Building Data Visualization for Mobile

Let's face it: If you're not thinking mobile, you're probably in the wrong industry. Smartphones and tablets have forever changed the way that humans expect to interact with applications. The iTunes and [more…]

Important Statistical Formulas for Big Data

The word statistics may evoke fear in some beginners to data visualization, but if you ignore this topic, you overlook one of the most powerful ways to derive true insight and value from Big Data. [more…]

Understanding the Difference between Data Visualization and Infographics

To simplify the process of understanding visualizations, you should know the two most popular types: data visualizations and infographics. Because the use of graphical data visualizations is growing quickly [more…]

Data Visualization Storyboard: Identifying Your Audience

The first step in developing a clear storyboard for you data visualization is identifying your audience. Who you're building your data visualization for ultimately determines what kind of storyboard you [more…]

Top 10 Data Visualization Resources

To help you use data visualizations to help your data tell interesting stories and provide a competitive advantage, here are ten examples to look at for inspiration. You may want to bookmark the sites [more…]

User Engagement in the Data Visualization Development Process

If you build a data visualization, but it doesn't engage the interest of your audience, all your work is for naught. User engagement throughout the development process is the key to success. [more…]

Data Visualization: Examples of the Good and the Bad

It's easy to look at data visualizations in a superficial way and just enjoy the effect of the visuals. Some visualizations are dazzlingly interactive; others are funny or clever. But when it comes to [more…]

Data Visualization: Developing a Simple Black-and-White Mock-Up

After you've done the hard work of defining and outlining your storyboard, it's time to develop your mock-up. Mock-ups are also referred to as wireframes [more…]

Data Visualization: Developing Your Mock-Up Using Pencil and Paper

Although software is available for doing just about everything, including drawing your data visualization mock-ups, don't overlook the good old pencil-and-paper approach. It's as good now as it was in [more…]

Data Visualization: Building Template Layouts for Your Mock-Up

Whether you've chosen to use pencil and paper or a software mock-up tool, the good news is that you don't need to reinvent the wheel. Building and using templates is the quickest and smartest way to approach [more…]

Recognizing the Three Traits of an Effective Visual

When your black-and-white mock-up is complete, you're ready to add the oh-so-powerful visuals that will make it pop. That's why you started this journey to begin with, right? When adding visuals to your [more…]

Data Visualization: Developing Your Mock-Up with Web-Based or Desktop Tools

Although this market is still maturing, using a software-based tool to do your mock-up can be quite beneficial for several reasons: [more…]

Recognizing the Human Components of Data Visualization

Adding a component such as easy-to-use navigation, or choosing and applying an effective color scheme to data visualization is referred to as the human side of data viz. Humanizing your data viz a critical [more…]

Data Visualization: Adding Functionality

It's important to understand functionality in the data-viz world: a series of actions that you expect users to take, usually in a sequential manner, that helps them have the most optimal experience with [more…]

Data Visualization: Choosing Navigation by Using Rules

Imagine having a business that can't be found using one of the popular GPS systems, such as Google Maps. Revenue will suffer, and the business could fail. The same applies to a data visualization that [more…]

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