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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown; 2nd New edition edition (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938377001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938377006
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Become an expert dashboard designer 18 July 2014
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This is a great practical book to help create simple, easy to understand dashboards for data presentation. A lot is common sense but only after you have seen it 1st. I now look at all those car dashboard type displays and sigh - knowing that the authors could have made them so much clearer if only they had bought this book.
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i've been using stephen few books for years and owe a lot of my design ideas at work down to it. would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide 31 Aug 2013
By Daniel G. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been working as a data visualization consultant for over six years and when a client asks me the "one" book to read about dashboard design--this is the book I recommend. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Few encourages us to create "eloquence through simplicity" 28 Aug 2013
By Dallas Marks - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen Few has made significant contributions to the field of data visualization, publishing books like Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis, and Information Dashboard Design. Drawing inspiration from experts like Edward Tufte and Colin Ware, Few has a real talent for bringing theoretical concepts to life in a practical way.

The first edition of Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, published in 2006, completely changed my approach to building dashboards. The second edition of Information Dashboard Design is a significant revision and rewrite of its predecessor, with lots of new material. It is a reflection of how the world of data visualization has changed since 2006. None of the data visualization tools available at that time supported Edward Tufte's sparklines or the author's own bullet charts. Nor were there Apple iPhones (released in 2007) and iPads (released in 2010) to display analytics. The changes are also reflected in the subtitle, which is now "displaying data for at-a-glance monitoring" instead of "the effective visual communication of data."

What has not changed since 2006 is software vendors' pursuit of gaudy impractical visualizations like exploding pie charts. The acknowledgements are classic Stephen Few:

"Without a doubt I owe the greatest debt of gratitude to the many software vendors who have done so much to make this book necessary by failing to address or even contemplate the visual design requirements of dashboards. Their kind disregard for visual design has given me focus, ignited my passion, and guaranteed my livelihood for years to come."

Although Few is well-known for his disdain of pie charts, his advice is grounded in the science of visual perception. He devotes entire chapters to sparklines and bullet charts. And he provides new guidelines for visualizing data on smartphones and tablets. The chapter "Putting it All Together" provides in-depth analysis of real dashboards submitted for a dashboard design competition. It's very instructive to see multiple dashboards attempting to meet the same set of business requirements, with varying degrees of success. And the book concludes with "From Imaging to Unveiling," a short but meaningful chapter about how to design for success. Not only is the content valuable, but the hardcover edition is beautifully rendered in color with high-quality materials.

This is a book about dashboard design- not implementation. It's not written exclusively for dashboard developers, but anyone who has an interest in bringing useful data visualization to life in their organization. Few's goal is "eloquence through simplicity" and he achieves it with this new book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Delicious 18 Sep 2013
By Michael Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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This second edition is a significant rewrite that contains lots of new concepts and examples. Focusing on visualization at a glance, this edition takes into account tools and technologies that have evolved since the first edition more than six years ago.

Stephen guides us through the mechanics of how humans perceive visualizations, and then translates that into guidelines we can use to synthesize data into effective dashboards. Far from being a dry read, his style is so direct and hard-lined I have to smile reading his work. For example, he shows (IN FULL COLOR) real examples of dashboards he's found, publicly flogging them down, telling us what not to do (woe unto him who ends up in a Stephen Few book). He then walks us through some excellent examples of dashboards, giving us clear vision for our own data.

If you build dashboards of any kind, you should definitely consider getting acquainted with Stephen's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for how to communicate data effectively 4 Oct 2013
By Michael R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I work in administration at a college, and purchased this as a reference as we go through the process of creating dashboard indicators for our operations. I found this book to be a great reference for this purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative! 21 Mar 2014
By Midory - Published on Amazon.com
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It helped me a lot when I made my reports at work. It was visually very pretty and easy to follow.
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