I'm reading Stephen Few's Information Dashboard Design, and he makes the most elegant points:
Reduce the non-data pixels:
- Eliminate all unnecessary non-data pixels
- De-emphasize and regularize the non-data pixels that remain
- Eliminate all unnecessary data pixels
- Highlight the most important data pixels that remain
So I'm trying a little experiment on myself. I keep a time sheet in Excel so I can track where my time goes (plus I find that recording my activities makes me way more productive--try it some time). I've been keeping a little pie chart dashboard on the sheet so I can see how my time gets allocated. It seemed useful to me.
So as an experiment, I've added a bar chart of the same data.
Here is the pie:
Here is the bar:
Jury of one is out on this. What's your opinion?