The problem We have a need to show the status of a daily ingest of thousands of files coming from different senders. A quick mockup is this:
The problem is that Ipsum and Dalore are just sub-views of the raw file count. The reason they are there are to help track the progress across those two elements to give more detail at a glance and make the dashboard more useful than "ohhh pretty progress bar that says 60%"
The question in one sentence How can the visual design help indicate to the user that Ipsum and Dalore or different ways of looking at the Lorem Files "raw" data.
Feel free to expand past the progress bar metaphor.
How about a for-instance So you want a use case eh? Well I can't share the real one, so lets come up with a contrived example that hopefully will hold some water.
Lets say you are in charge of making sure that at the end of each day all these thousands of files were uploaded and that all of them got ingested without errors. If they are missing or errored out, you have to track down the right person to upload the file(s) to fix the problem.
The whole point of the files is to give each employee access to the floors in the buildings they need for the day. Each file represents and employee - building pair for a specific day that contains lines for each floor in that building that they have access to for the day. (Remembered this is a contrived example so don't try to solve for the, why are you setting the system that way, lets just focus on the visualization please)
So lets update our screenshot for out theoretical example:
So whats the problem? Giving you a view of X of 44,000 files doesn't give you the full picture at a glance. How many buildings are ready to go? How many people are ready. Having each view gives a better view into what is going on. And also allows each client to potential approach from one variable or the other without me assuming which is more important.
In the end this mockup isn't doing a good job of connecting the data visually to indicate that they are views or perspectives of the same data.
So In Summary How would you help solve the problem so that these items don't look like three seperate data sets. Feel free to expand out of the progress bar metaphore, or stick with it and describe how the visual design (or something else) can help the user understand the connection.