I am looking for inspiration to help me break out of my rut of
generating wire frames and charts that are functional, but visually boring. Some individuals just have the knack to see and present data that doesn't put you to sleep. Datavisualization Yodas' if you will. Can you recommend some
web sites, books or whatever that show examples of information relationships
depicted in a visually appealing way. I have completely enjoyed the pattern libraries
and I am hoping for the same when it comes to data.
I searched through the threads and did not find anything on the topic.
Our application, a web-based CRM, offers a number of reports. When designing
the report, I formatted the reports so that field labels appear smaller and
paler than values. The rationale: focus the attention of people to the data
not to the labels.
Some colleagues of mine strongly oppose this approach and want field labels
to be bold and the same font size as values, claiming that this is a
standard way of doing it.
For those so inclined, I recently (last week) got a copy of "Data Flow:
Visualizing Information in Graphic Design" which is all about data
visualization in graphic design - but since many here at one point or
another are asked to do something related to visualizing complex data sets -
you may find some of examples are innovative and effective ways of
communicating and could be useful in your work.
We have a thick desktop app that uses a checkbox treeview to show data
layers that are available to display in a separate window. However,
although Checkboxes look nice and consistent in this display they are
the wrong control to use in some cases. A checkbox implies that more
than one data layer can be chosen, however some data layers are mutually
exclusive, others are not. On first pass it struck me that either the
checkboxes should only appear next to those data layers that are
inclusive and disappear when a mutually exclusive one is chosen.