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Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dadaxism

The trilogy is complete: We have published sparklines in three different ways on newspaper. That’s reason enough to take a breather – and take stock of our efforts. We now understand why newspapers have to gather up their courage before they follow in our footsteps.

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Sportlines: The first sparklines in a German newspaper

Sparklines are a breathtaking intellectual delight. Especially on paper. Now we have also tried it on newsprint. In Traffic News-to-go.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The ‘moving’ means to an end

Hans Rosling wanted to show the best statistics ever seen at a TED conference. In my opinion, it was only one of the best presentations of statistics. Here are the pros and cons for using animation in data analysis.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

More pie, anyone?

This blog is for the pie haters out there. If you have a sensitive stomach, please read with caution! Nothing but pies and one is worse than the next. This time, with examples from FTD, Handelsblatt, WamS and SZ…

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, September 19th, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers?

Some people place logarithmic scales on the same level as rabid tigers. Without them, however, every second chart would have the wrong scale. In part one of this two-part series, we will show how you can tame the beast.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The demise of decograms

We have already bid our farewell to business charts. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to “decograms”. Why? Some recent examples from publications like Spiegel and Focus give us enough good reasons.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The seventh dan: Put it in writing

If you are comfortable enough with presenting data in tables and charts, the next challenge is putting that information into words. The way that Peter Singer backs his positions is an excellent example.

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Numbers are good. (But sometimes none are better.)

Numbers are an aspect of reports. If you don’t understand the background, however, they fall short of their purpose. For Audi and Peugeot, it’s the same story tomorrow in Le Mans.

Friday, April 25th, 2008

BI, Robot

Automation is the key to efficient reporting. Forget control robots or Artificial Intelligence – all you need is common sense and just a bit of programming.

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.