Evil Datagrids! ( was Thoughts on Alan Cooper's Keynote )

13 Feb 2008 - 11:45am
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Gregor Kiddie
2008

" Datagrids are the evil demonic spawn of feable minds and people of
small souls!!!"

As a part-time UI dev on a Datagrid (and form) heavy Flex app, what
exactly is it you guys find so objectionable about Datagrids? What other
means would you use to display a potentially massive amount of data in a
summarised way?

Not being funny, just looking to learn something from folks with way
more experience than myself!

Gk.

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13 Feb 2008 - 4:20pm
Todd Roberts
2005

It depends on the purpose of the display, but some things to watch out for:

Low information density
High perceptual/cognitive load to parse the data
Data too detailed

Sometimes (often?) an alternate view of data, e.g. a graph, conveys more
information in less space in a pre-digested format that allows for patterns
to be more easily detected. Alternate layouts of data can also reveal
relationships between pieces of data that aren't always readily apparent in
a grid layout - importance, hierarchy, groupings, etc.

On Feb 13, 2008 11:45 AM, Gregor Kiddie <gkiddie at inpses.co.uk> wrote:

> " Datagrids are the evil demonic spawn of feable minds and people of
> small souls!!!"
>
> As a part-time UI dev on a Datagrid (and form) heavy Flex app, what
> exactly is it you guys find so objectionable about Datagrids? What other
> means would you use to display a potentially massive amount of data in a
> summarised way?
>
> Not being funny, just looking to learn something from folks with way
> more experience than myself!
>
> Gk.
>
> Gregor Kiddie
> Senior Developer
> INPS
>
>
>

13 Feb 2008 - 4:32pm
dmitryn
2004

Gregor,

There is a whole field of research and design called "information
visualization" or "data visualization" that investigates ways of
displaying and interacting with large amounts of data, typically
involving various kinds of information graphics coupled with
interaction techniques.

Here are a couple of good introductory articles:

http://kosara.net/research/infovis/index.html
http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/contentnr/introvisualization

I would also highly recommend trying out the examples in Jared Spool's
recent articles on the subject:

http://www.uie.com/articles/nytimes_interactives/
http://www.uie.com/articles/inspiring_applications/

Dmitry

On Feb 13, 2008 8:45 AM, Gregor Kiddie <gkiddie at inpses.co.uk> wrote:
> What other
> means would you use to display a potentially massive amount of data in a
> summarised way?
>
> Not being funny, just looking to learn something from folks with way
> more experience than myself!
>
> Gk.
>
> Gregor Kiddie
> Senior Developer
> INPS
>
> Tel: 01382 564343
>
> Registered address: The Bread Factory, 1a Broughton Street, London SW8
> 3QJ
>
> Registered Number: 1788577
>
> Registered in the UK
>
> Visit our Internet Web site at www.inps.co.uk
>
> The information in this internet email is confidential and is intended
> solely for the addressee. Access, copying or re-use of information in it
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> INPS or any of its affiliates. If you are not the intended recipient
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