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Dashboarding Rule No.2: Use Appropriate Diagrams

When it comes to the interactive use of diagrams for dashboards, many people stick to the classic diagrams. But the majority are unaware that there are alternatives that are particularly suitable for interactive environments. The treemap, for example, offers a good overview of the entire company and is always well received. Or how about the bullet graph? It integrates the popular traffic light logic but is made more complex and informative by adding a current value and a reference value. There are other good alternatives! Take a look at what the tool has to offer.

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Information Design Rule No.8: Select Diagrams Supporting Your Message

Why do we create diagrams? To deliver a specific message. This goal is achieved even better if you choose a diagram that supports the information. For example, the pie chart is the best way to display parts of a whole. We recommend that you display only two elements and distinguish them in color. Although bar charts and column charts are similar, their application is different: the former can show good structures and the latter is better suited to time histories. Line graphs show trends and correlations can be represented by scatter plots, for example. And this is only the beginning to visualize information smartly.

This rule and others are explained in detail in the reportingimpulse Academy. Get your Visual Data Analytics Beginner’s Package here! In addition to our most important rules for dashboarding, it includes learning videos on the corresponding topic, book recommendations, reportingimpulse SharePics and much more.


The poster with all Information Design and Dashboarding rules is available in our shop.