Thank you to everyone who attended my SQLPass Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter webinar! I have lots of questions to follow up, from both during and after the event. Please watch this space for more responses to questions over the next few days, and I will try to ensure that I answer every question. The slides are at the bottom of this blog post.
I've provided references below to some of the Data Visualisation people and material that I mentioned today. I hope that these are useful to you.
Ben Schneiderman - Ben's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design is an interesting read. In the presentation, I refer to one of Schneiderman's essays, "The Eyes have it." The guideline is summarise -> zoom and filter -> details-on-demand, and is known as the 'Visual Information-Seeking Mantra'.
Stephen Few - Stephen has written a number of books, which you can find at his site - there is a wealth of information there! If you're a fan of data visualisation, then you should consider his blog, Perceptual Edge, a must-read. In particular, I'd like to shout out the following books:
- Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
- Information Dashboard Design
Malcolm Gladwell - Malcolm has a great deal of interesting things to say on a whole range of topics, and I'm never going to be able to introduce him properly.
Hans Rosling - What I love about Rosling's work, is that he highlights health and social factors, poverty and health. This is data visualisation in action, to help people in poor circumstances - the sort of people who cannot always read what is written about them. He promotes a 'fact-based' world view on these issues. The YouTube video of Rosling's data visualisation is below, which was made by BBC4.
I should add that I'm not in any way associated with this video - but I get asked about it a lot, so I've embedded it here from YouTube.
Here are the slides from today. I look forward to your comments, and I will answer the remaining questions in due course.