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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (Feb. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100162
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stephen Few has over 20 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence (a.k.a. data warehousing and decision support) and information design. Through his company, Perceptual Edge, he focuses on the effective analysis and presentation quantitative business information. Stephen is recognized as a world leader in the field of data visualization. He teaches regularly at conferences such as those presented by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and DCI, and also in the MBA program at the Haas School of Business at U. C. Berkeley. He is also the author of the book "Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten" (Analytics Press).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Doiron on Sept. 12 2010
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Everyone knows about PSE (Picture Superiority Effect) and the Ink-to-data ratio. What few of us understand is the sheer computing power of the human eye. In terms of bandwidth, it is comparable to a computer network. (Hearing and nose have that of a hard disk and taste, the bandwidth of a mere pocket calculator)

When I read a report, I always look at the graphs first. If they do not talk to me, I do not dig for additional insight. The communication ends here.

I love books that give me actionable knowledge. Now, I will never endorse nor tolerate a dashboard that will look like a radar, smell like a gauge, act like a thermometer or taste like a pie chart with bright colors and special 3D effects. Why? Read this book!

Stephen Few also claims intellectual ownership of the powerful bullet graph. I have adopted it as such. The book is well illustrated and tackles the 'no-nos' before moving on to the craft of designing dashboards. The section on visual perception and Gestalt theory pleases both the heart and the mind.

As a manager, this book will show you how numbers take form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet S. on Nov. 13 2012
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This book is a really great read. Not only does it help you understand what to do to design a great dashboard, it also tells you and shows you what not to do. Stephen Few's sense of humour is terrific, and he had me laughing throughout the book. I am currently designing a new dashboard for our area, and the tips I learned in this book have already been put to practical use. I know that our dashboard will be better off because of what I learned in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Faguy on Aug. 15 2010
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Ce livre est une bonne introduction au sujet. Mais vous voudrez probablement posséder aussi un ou deux autres livres allant plus en profondeur.
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Stephen Few bring you in the journey of visual perception in the Dashboard world, it covers the topic very effectively and wisely. He adopt the approach of "let see what doesn't work" instead of always showing only what works ( what works in some situation may not be working in other context anyway). Highly recommended.
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By Philippe Asselin on Dec 13 2011
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This book is dense, effective, loaded with easy to use tips and tricks, and provide usefull examples of dos and donts. Ideal for people designing a dashboard for the first time
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