Four Cognitive Design Guidelines for Effective Information Dashboards

June 18, 2014Effective data visualization supports cognition in many ways. It reduces cognitive load on the user, aids in problem solving, and facilitates discovery of insights. Poor visualizations, on the other hand, confuse and lead to wrong conclusions.Since cognitive science has given us tremendous understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which we perceive things, comprehend them, and use them for decision-making, it’s reasonable to assume that such findings are very relevant to dashboard design issues. How users interpret data, what demands our designs place on their attention, what knowledge they need for making effective decisions?all these factors need to be considered while designing an information dashboard. Here are four guidelines derived from studies on human cognition that can be applied while designing information dashboards:1. Put an Emphasis...read more By Shilpi Choudhury...

The Future of Information Dashboards

March 5, 2014Last year was an awesome one for the data visualization industry. With more and more businesses realizing the value of data visualization for deriving critical business insights, the year ahead looks very promising, too. IIA (International Institute for Analytics), an independent research firm focusing on the use of analytics, recently issued its nine analytics predictions for 2014.Among other things, it predicted that the use of data visualization will increase both for low and high complexity analytics. However, Thomas H. Davenport, Co-Founder and Research Director at IIA, had a caveat for those trying to use visualization in instances involving highly complex, multivariate statistics: “That...read more By Shilpi Choudhury...