Data Visualization On Steroids
Feb 8, 2021
Data Visualization On Steroids
I love data visualization. There are few things more exciting than trying to create something beautiful that shows off data clearly.
Data visualization is widely used in Business Intelligence, CRM, and Marketing. It is a key mechanism for communicating information in a way that the user can understand. If you’re not using data visualization techniques on your website, then you are losing clients to your competitors that are.
SIMPLIFY AND DESCRIBE DATA INTERPRETATION
Data visualization can help describe and simplify data interpretation. It presents information in a visual way that is more appealing for people to study and make business decisions. Data visualization is not just a trend; it’s really an effective and powerful way to communicate data to the public and to other specialists.
For form to follow function, you need to think about who will use it and how they will use it. If the data helps everyone, then make it available for everyone. If it only helps a specific group or is used by a specific group, then make sure it’s presented in a way that those members can easily get the information and use it effectively.
Logical structure. This is the most difficult one! How will you introduce the data? What facts do you want to make sure the reader knows before diving into the rest of your story?
The era of the cog in a wheel is over. We are living in a time where employees are empowered to make decisions and no longer just execute orders. Data must be presented on the terms that your audience needs it. It must guide them toward the actions you want them to take.
Data is like a river; it always flows downstream to the place where it can make the greatest impact. Identify that place, and build your interface around it.
"If you were selling me this information, how would you persuade me that it was worth my time and attention?" This is the question you should be asking as you design a dashboard. You need to understand that when information is presented to someone, they are in control of their attention. If they don't want to pay attention to a part of the dashboard, nothing will force them to do so. Design your data visualization with this in mind. We call this focus, and it's one of the reasons why small multiples work so well. The viewer can get their bearings fast because they aren't lost among too many details at one time.
CLEAR, CONCISE AND APPEALINAG
Data visualization is a vital part of analyzing, representing, and presenting data with the purpose of accomplishing a goal or task. It helps us view and understand the data more easily. We can see a broad data set as a whole, get a better picture of it, and then zero in on the specific details.
Good visualizations are clear, concise, and appealing. They communicate the essential details of data in an easy-to-follow manner that an audience can quickly grasp and use to draw actionable conclusions. While vague or unclear information might leave some people wondering what is actually being said, or perhaps cause them to tune out entirely, a well-designed visualization will have the opposite effect. Instead of getting bogged down in boring statistics and unnecessary facts, viewers will be drawn to the visuals and find them much easier to absorb. Good visualizations also allow audiences to see patterns they might otherwise miss.
TELL THE WHOLE STORY
Telling your story with data is as much about the visualization as it is the data. Visualizing data sets can be difficult. They often involve large datasets and contain relationships between many variables in more than the two dimensions that most people are accustomed to thinking about.
It is crucial to not only tell your company’s story with data but also to explore the story of your data. Visualizations are a great way to do this; they prepare you for understanding and discussion by providing a framework for how your data is represented. Visualizing your data can help people understand it better.
When working with large data sets, the data itself is only part of the story. We get a lot of questions from people about how to tell their data’s story - some much larger than others. Visualizing and presenting data is so important it’s almost a necessary skill before you can analyze your data in any meaningful way, so they’re worth investing in. The right visualization can provide that ‘Aha!’ moment or crucial insight you're looking for.
“There are two goals when presenting data: convey your story and establish credibility.” — Edward Tufte