»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, September 4th, 2009

Needless needles

Design aid: We can use analog displays to synchronize some very sophisticated actions. And we can learn them more easily than robots can. But can gauges point managers in the right direction?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

May you chop axes? No…you must!

Today we’ll discuss another important rule in designing graphics. You CAN chop line charts because they should visualize the largest possible differences.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Test: Are you a good manager?

To read management information correctly, you often need good visual judgment. Take the test and see how you rate!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers? Part II

In Part I, we reviewed Bella’s law of proportionality, measured it with the lie factor, and tried to save the world through standardization. Today, we will tame the tiger for good.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Killing the sacred cow of information

Do we really live in an information society? I don’t think so. Information is as rare – and disinformation, lies and overall sloppiness are more rampant – than ever before!

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Can we steer cars like businesses?

We have already discussed the fact that no one in their right mind should steer a company (or a bank in particular!) like an automobile. But what about the other way around? Porsche’s Sport Chrono package has similarities with management reports. That, indeed, could be useful.

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Information Design from Gaudi and Cocteau

The nice thing about Information Design is that there are so many role models for us to admire. Although we rarely see them in the office, we can at least view them in beautiful venues such as Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonian region of Spain.

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Beautiful evidence for debating executive salaries

Management salaries are a hot topic nowadays. The usual “evidence”, however, is either manipulated in one direction or the other. Good information design can help make the discussion more objective. The New York Times shows how.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Can we steer banks like cars?

Sachsen LB could have at least tried to. Their board of directors trusted a few traffic lights. They were usually green, but now all German taxpayers see is red.

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Galileo, the world’s first information designer (Art and data analysis, Part II)

In the days of modern, high-resolution photography, it’s sometimes hard to believe that Galileo’s tools were limited to pen and paper. His observations of the moon are sketched with the precision of a scientist and the artistic prowess of a Michelangelo. His drawings are the data material for his analysis. It’s the artistic prowess of the reproduction – and not the mere ornamentation – that distinguishes first-class information graphics.

Essays

Death to business charts!
Why business charts must die

Graphic tables
Lay back and control

Industrial reporting
Production-like efficiency for management reporting

Can we drive companies
like we do cars?

Against dashboards, speedometers and traffic lights in Controlling

Business Intelligence 2.0
modest, serious, sincere

Rediscovering slowness
Sparklines make us John Franklins in management information.

Good reporting is boring
Looking for excitement?
Try a night on the town instead.

Are sports fans smarter
than managers?

Management reports need to become more dense and dashboards more rare

The myth of data mining
Why men don't buy beer and diapers at the same time.

Numerical blindness?
I wouldn't see a doctor, if I were you.