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Designing Dashboards: Sending Your Style Vibe

2017-01-21 – 12:24 PM
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OK I admit it, I’m a font geek.If I visit a website with a gross font, I don’t go back. It’s true. Want me to adore you?  Send me an email in my favorite font – it will impress me. It communicates your style vibe and if we are on the same wavelength, then you must be adorable!!
Style is what makes users want to look …

SAS Visual Analytics: Design Versus Reality

2016-10-05 – 7:12 AM
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Recently, Alan Hjemsted Muller from Denmark contacted me with some additional ideas about he had with solving dashboard issues. He provided a gorgeous dashboard that is used in the Elsinore Municipality.

This dashboard (in Danish) – it is about a kindergarten.  He offered to send it in English but I like it in Danish. It allows you to focus more on the design because your eyes are …

Need a Dynamic X-Axis with Your SAS Visual Analytics Report?

2016-07-31 – 11:52 AM
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I like to read the SAS Visual Analytics area of SAS Communities site. From the site I have overcome issues I had as well as learned other ways to think how you can solve common issues. As many long time SAS users know – there’s always more than one way to accomplish something with SAS! Recently, as user was asking how to expand parameters to create a …

Planning Your SAS Visual Analytics Dashboard

2016-06-06 – 6:41 AM
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A dashboard starts with planning. In my last post, we talked about gauges and when you want to use them. In this post, we will apply the gauges to a dashboard. Gauges cannot live by themselves – they need supporting information. It must be clear how the information supports the gauges. I’ll use the same dashboard but with some different gauges. You can determine what worked …

Why Dashboard Gauges Aren’t as Bad as You Think

2016-05-22 – 2:57 PM
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Dashboard gauges were once the darling of the executive suite. Some designer took inspiration from a car dashboard and its gauges. A gauge is useful because it tells us how fast we are going or how much gas is in the tank. My newer model dashboard still has gauges but it also states how many miles until empty. That information is more useful than knowing how much gas is in the …