»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

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, October 2nd, 2009

No peaceful peaks

Not every summit is a reason for optimism. And that’s exactly the problem when people are careless with line charts, which is generally the case. Here is an exception.

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Vis‑à-vis is not yet visualization

Analyzing means comparing. That is the central rule here. Placing objects next to each other, however, rarely suffices as a comparison. In order to see what there is to see, you usually you have to do some subtracting first.

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, 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, September 5th, 2008

Do time series charts really compare time series?

You can find time series comparisons in almost every newspaper, business journal and political magazine. Although they are frequently used in the media, these charts can be very misleading. What you should know about developments over time so that you don’t jump to the wrong conclusions.

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Stacking is out

People often use stacked charts to compare components – but the effect rarely works. Learn why that is and what alternatives are available.

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, 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.


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.