Friday, July 6th, 2012
Animating statistical data can be tricky. Nevertheless, motion pictures are a step up from photos. We want to get closer to the action. We don’t want to just see results; we want to see how we got there. Here’s an idea – straight from Hollywood.
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Companies are managed using numbers and words. The clearer they are, the better. That is why we recommend banning words that don’t have a clear message. We’ve done it – and don’t regret it.
Friday, May 11th, 2012
Colors are supposed to make reports easier to read and understand. We’ve given some thought as to how that works best – and have realized: “easier” is hard with colors. So before we add to much color to your life, here are our thoughts about red, blue, and gray.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
When you look at many management reports, you could think that you were standing in front of a photograph or painting that doesn’t have a main motif. If all image components are treated equally, it is hard to see the message. Today, we’ll talk about the punctum – in short, the point – and how to get to it.
Friday, March 16th, 2012
We have to turn our databases inside out. As long as we are only saving (and not using) information, the time and effort we have spent producing and storing it was all for nothing. Read more about these and other findings from our large-screen monitor projects…
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Last time, we unveiled the secret of our monitor wall. Today, we’ll go one room further and show you what else you can do with a wall full of on-screen parameters – besides, of course, stealing the show from the PowerPoint people.
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Actually, we wanted to keep this to ourselves a bit longer. But before someone else copies it and takes all the credit, we’re announcing it now: Peeking through the keyhole is out. Panoramic views are the future way of working in financial controlling…and elsewhere.
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Our August post on a botched-up scale in a “Spiegel” graphic has made some waves. A magazine for infographic designers picked up on our arguments and dedicated a two-page spread to the topic – with a certain finesse that you could even apply to management reporting.
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Controllers are supposed to be consultants. Their reports are supposed to have a message – ideally, in the title as well as in the comments and summaries. Today, we’ll learn how to formulate messages appositely with some tips from Wolf Schneider.
Friday, November 11th, 2011
Managers receive more information than they can take in. In fact, their information absorption capacity is the main bottleneck in Business Intelligence. Here are a few ways we can increase it.