Data Visualization

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Data Visualization

Designing Dashboards: Finding the Fantastic Five Colors

Color may have the most impact on your design. People react strongly to color either through culture values or personal choices. As with fonts, color is another element of style. And just like fonts, colors communicate meaning as well. [Read: Understanding the Importance of Color in Reporting] SAS offers many pre-chosen styles or palettes that […]

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Data Visualization
SAS Visual Analytics

Creating a Web Analytics Report in SAS Visual Analytics 8.1

Recently I was asked to create a Web Analytics dashboard on spec. I decided to use the latest version SAS Visual Analytics 8.1 so I could review the new features. When we wrote the Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics book, we were using beta versions of the application. Here’s some of the process I used […]

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Dashboards
Data Visualization
Visual Analytics

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

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 […]

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Dashboards
Data Visualization

Planning Your SAS Visual Analytics Dashboard

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 […]

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Data Visualization
Visual Analytics

Why Dashboard Gauges Aren’t as Bad as You Think

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 […]

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