Visualization

This chapter will provide information about general methods in presentation of data, objects which are used in best-practice and concepts for standardization.

Part 09: Notation Guideline

A notation guideline is a document with rules for information visualization and describes the requirements dashboards and reports have to fulfill. The creation of such a guideline is highly recommended when you start a business intelligence project or if it is running. It is the only way to standardize the visualization of your applications in […]

Tableau - New Design Approach

Part 01: Basics in Visualization

The reason why we visualize data is that we communicate. For the purpose of Business Communication, it means the materialization (e.g. paper, screen views) of quantitative information for analytical and reporting objectives. In this sense, business communication is organized into products (e.g. reports and presentations), consisting of one or more pages (e.g. PowerPoint slides) comprised of objects (e.g. charts and tables) with both specific elements (e.g. […]

Rolf Hichert Himself

Part 02: Visualization objects

This part is a summary of the most important descriptions of the International Business Communication Standards Association (IBCS-A). The Association describes the Basic visualization principles in the chapter “Express”. As a HICHERT(R)IBCS CERTIFIED CONSULTANT, I do follow this rules because they improve tremendously business communication. EXPRESS – Choose proper visualization EXPRESS covers all aspects of […]

Part 04: Standardization

This part is a summary of the most important descriptions of the International Business Communication Standards Association (IBCS-A). The Association describes the Basic visualization principles in the chapter “Express”. After that, the Association describes the possibility to standardize the visualization of Information in the chapter “Unify” in “Semantic Rules”.  As a HICHERT(R)IBCS CERTIFIED CONSULTANT, I […]

Part 03: Presentation Products

Business communication For our purposes, Business Communication means the materialization (e.g. paper, screen views) of quantitative information for analytical and reporting objectives. In this sense, we organize business communication into products (e.g. reports and presentations), consisting of one or more pages (e.g. PowerPoint slides) comprised of objects (e.g. charts and tables) with both specific elements […]

Part 05: Objects – Charts

A chart is a graphical object, in which visualization elements such as columns, bars, and lines represent data. The most important groups of business charts are those showing development over time (charts with horizontal category axes), those showing structural relationships (charts with vertical category axes), and those showing x‑y charts, scatter plots, and bubble charts […]

Part 06: Objects – Tables

A table is a communication object in which data is arranged in two dimensions, i.e. (vertical) columns and (horizontal) rows. The row header (row name) describes the content of a row, the column header (column name) the content of a column. The data are positioned at the intersections of rows and columns called table cells. […]

Part 07: Edward Tufte, Stephen Few, Rolf Hichert

This blog is influenced by a blog from Jorge Camoes, an expert in data visualization. He lives in Oeiras a suburb by the sea near Lisbon, Portugal. He came in touch with the design approaches of Stephen Few and Edward Tufte. I want to make shure, that I added my points about the guys and […]

Part 10: Color blinds – how to avoid problems

A lot of companies steer their business on deviations. It is no surprise that deviation diagrams are part of a daily or monthly reporting. Sometimes, there is the question on “how do we proceed with employees with amblyopia (debility of sight) in colors like a red green weakness?” High share of color blinds The question […]

Part 08: Top Ten Recommendations

1 Messages Reports and presentations have messages. Present them at the top of each slide or report page.   2 Titles Titles identify pages, charts, and tables. Name the organizational unit, the measures, time periods and scenarios.   3 Time & structure Time and structure are the most important analysis types. Arrange time series horizontally […]