»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Rough cut bars may hurt

Stacked, pie and area charts are very common, yet very useless in management reports, presentations and mass media alike. Bars can add meaning…but only if they show variances instead of raw data.

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, September 7th, 2007

Sure-fire ways to spoil data, Part I

If you want to make the consumers of charts truly unhappy, just follow these simple rules from the statistician Howard Wainer.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Do we have to falsify data?

The map of the London Underground (”Tube Map”) runner-up in the competition to determine Britain’s greatest design icon. Between Concorde in first place and the Spitfire in third, we have an example of groundbreaking information design. Read more about it in this column.


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.