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Why do histograms not have spaces in between bars (as opposed to a bar graph)?

Lets say one wants a histogram . Say how many trades for a stock occurred on that day. And they are dead set on a histogram/bar graph. (as opposed to other representations why are histograms ...
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Visualization ideas for progress on a project with thousands of steps?

I'm working on an interface to do transcription of a collection of handwritten index cards... a lot of index cards, something like tens of thousands of them. I'm building a site where several people ...
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What's the best way to graph results of a matrix ranking question?

I'm reworking an existing module which graphs results from a live survey with several different question types. I discovered that the results of matrix-type ranking questions are graphed as a single ...
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Is it appropriate to use a donut chart to show a User's score?

I'm presenting my users with a test. When they reach the end of the test, I want to show their score in a donut chart like this (in this case, 80%): Note that there will be other information on ...
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How to handle daylight savings time when displaying logged data

If we have a system that measures and logs a users energy consumption, and then displays this data on an hourly basis, how should you display the anomalies that occur when shifting to/from daylight ...
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How can I communicate linear progress through a series of states with color?

I'm trying to help visualize a portfolio of projects. They start off in the first state with some basic details, then they're reviewed, fully defined, and finally, work is begun. Right now, the ...
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Feedback wanted - pagination design on data-heavy site

My site is a sports pick'em social game. Given the nature of sports and pick'em, it tends to be a data-intensive site. I'm very wary of any new features or designs that might cause the user to be ...
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How to handle overlapping elements?

I'm doing a very simple video editing solution. User has a timeline (horizontal 100px line) which represents start and end of the video. User can add overlay images and texts, and all of them appear ...
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Innovative pie chart? Is there any graph that can be used instead of pie chart?

I have been trying to find solution for coming up with a better pie chart for couple of reasons. Overlaying #% (text) on top of tiny portion of piechart wasn't really working in my opinion. Also, ...
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Allow users to choose visualisation type?

Wondering if anyone has any recommendations or articles on this. Basically we conducted research into the best methods of visualisation are for particular datasets. Basic example, data plotted over ...
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Interaction model for hierarchical selection

For a line chart, I would like the user to be able to drill-down and look at how specific groups are fairing over time. First, there is the selection of dimension and then groups within that ...
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How should locations without exact addresses be represented on a city map alongside locations with exact addresses?

I have a dataset of items I'm interested in mapping over a greater metropolitan area, with multi-item cluster markers at a zoomed-out scale and single-item point markers when zoomed in. Users would be ...
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A portfolio of … text? (Information Visualization Challenge)

I'm trying to build a portfolio template for a writer's portfolio, and I'm having trouble finding an effective way to present so much text. Most portfolio sites have the benefit of (hopefully) ...
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Data Visualisation For Scheduling

What is the best method for defining a scheduler visualisation (and editor)? Basically I think I am looking for something similar to a Gantt chart (not quite the same) where I have a start and end ...
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How to show the relationship between two input fields with different units

In an internal retirement site, I am working on improving the flow that employees go through to change their contribution amounts. One challenge is that users can contribute both pre-tax and ...
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How to find later parts of a multi-part article

Consider the very common scenario where someone writes a series of articles (Parts 1 through n). With my publisher, Simple-Talk.com, for example, independent of whether I send them one at a time or ...
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How would you design a two stage bar chart drill down?

A common design pattern I've used is using a horizontal bar chart to visualize numeric data about a series, and a click through drilldown that discloses a pane with more detailed information about the ...
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How to visualize similarity of one file to another?

Problem My file-system is a mess, over the years I've been accumulating way too many downloads I didn't care to uncompress and organize, code that was subject to endless copy+pastes and improvements ...
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Usability of Web Analytics Applications

Are there any usability resources out there that specifically deal with the design of an analytics web application? I've been tasked to design a web app with a strong analytics component and I've ...
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Comparing data with two sets of dates

Has anyone seen an interface that allows users to select two different sets of dates to compare data? And then the corresponding data in tables and/or graph form?
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Best flow to represent, browse and edit complex graph network

It seems that more and more, data is going to be network-based. A graph with related nodes. Something like http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/950642 , or pick one from a gallery here: ...
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Graph overlay that doesn't obscure the data

I'm building an app that renders a line graph of the user's wellness over time. (For example:) It also needs to mark the days they took medication. Originally, I wanted to place a dot at the ...
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Best way to display a date range

I'm looking for the best way to display a date range in text that could potentially span across 2 lines. Currently I simply have something like "01-Jan-2013 -> 05-Jan-2013" with the arrow being an ...
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Using JQuery DataTables to display many columns

We have a large document archive. It is built similarly to how a Cassandra Database would store items having column names and column values stored for each item. This can lead to having way to many ...
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How should I visualize the frequency of events?

I have a series of events during the day. If I group them in hours I might have something like this: 20 events from 10:00:00 to 10:59:59 30 events from 11:00:00 to 11:59:59 10 events from 12:00:00 ...
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When and how can a floating column chart be useful?

Box plots are sometimes used to represent a range in a single value, but I am curious if a similar presentation would be useful in representing an overlaid column chart. By using the same color as the ...
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Honest way to show your skills in Portfolio

So i have started seeing this a lot in portfolios of designers. This person has a title that says "My Skills", and at the bottom are bar graphs that are in percentages. So I asked this question ...
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How to display the hierarchical data [closed]

Some real ui javascript library wanted! I have to display some hierarchical data on the web page. It should not be a classical tree view with the text items. I am looking for a graphical ...
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Your experiences with call centre wallboard UX [closed]

As I'll be getting started on a project involving displaying dashboard data on call centre wallboards I thought I'd solicit your experience as part of my preparatory research. If you've been involved ...
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Cards View Vs Tabular View

I am in the process of redesigning an interface with a lot of Tabular data that is previously simply used as tables that look like the 19th century. I was a bit confused whether to switch it to a Card ...
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Which design pattern to use for showing users task completeness?

For instance I have some data like this: I have multiple users, every users has tasks which could be: not started completed in progress done When I want to achieve clear separation of users, ...
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Best Type of Chart for Numbers inside Matrix?

I have a matrix that looks like the following, and I want to make a chart out of it because the numbers are just too much to look at. What is the easiest way to digest this information? We are trying ...
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Charts or Tables

I have been working on a dashboard where a chart and a table are requested. However, both would contain the same data. For instance, it is required that a country map is shown, with the values of ...
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How to display large amounts of data compactly?

I have a database driven asp.net mvc3 web application. In it, a user can go to a page and enter data based on the completion of a task. I bolded the task because it is hugely weighted in this ...
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Force Directed graph for visualizing hierarchical forms Bad Idea?

Currently we got lots of forms which we realize using Tree-view. Person clicks the tree node and a forms we designed for that opens in page aside the tree-view(Using the tree-view because there is ...
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Graphing Uptime

I am trying to find a way to graph uptime. What is the traditional way to graph the uptime of a device? If the device provides an uptime statistic, how should that be used to graph it. I know how a ...
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Spacing of items inside a panel (WrapPanel)

Many sites and applications using WrapPanel to display your items. Items are queued from left to right and when there is no more space tend to skip to the next line. For Example: What is the ...
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How to present boring facts that aren't really suitable for an infographic in an interesting way?

For an internal company wiki I want to write down/present some basic information regarding web development/design/UI & UX. For example have I collected some studies and opinions on how links ...
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Appropriate color for updated row data

I have a digital signage app that displays flight information. In shows data in rows like you see at pretty much every airport in the world. Text is white on black, row background alternates ...
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Comparing/merging two records using Material Design

Problem: We are working on a medical scheduling application. A common problem are duplicated patient records, stemming from legacy data or from careless inputting under pressure, without consulting ...
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Price ranges vs concrete price for 3rd party vendors

I'm building a website for a consulting firm that creates websites for its customers. In the website there is a small section that mentions a few hosting services as well as their prices (just for the ...
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How to indicate that part of a chart can be re-scaled or redefined visually to present a clearer, and/or more specific representation of the data?

I'm wondering about several issues I have with drill down behavior on graphs: How can we visibly show that a certain graph is "drillable" (affordance issue). In more details: On a single chart, how ...
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Visualizing a positive to negative metric

I'm looking for a way to visualize (and hopefully simplify) a metric that can have one of the following values: High positive Medium positive Low positive Zero Low negative Medium negative High ...
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Visualizing version-controlled hierarchical data

What would be the best way to visualize versioned hierarchical data in an interactive application? Let's say we have the following hierarchical data, where the capital letters identify the objects, ...
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How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?

I am working with a data-visualization application where users can view individual data items and aggregate values. Users can also "mark" individual data items; the semantics of marking are simply ...
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What kind of UI metaphors can I use for this game-like community map interface?

I'm developing an interactive map for a local community WiFi network, where upcoming groups/meetings/alerts/etc. can be "dropped" onto the map, based on location. Through user engagement over time, ...
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Programs or markup viewers for legal or logical content?

I am interested in user interfaces that represent legal argumentation and/or logical reasoning. For professionals dealing with complex reasoning and argumentation that is mainly language-based, what ...
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Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline

I am designing an interactive timeline that shows the durations of events visually categorized into a small set (<8 categories). This timeline is very long compared to the length of events: events ...
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How to obscure data in a screen captured image?

Many people I work with need to share a report with sensitive data. This is usually a multistep process where the user takes a screenshot of a chart or graph with numbers and then manually removes, ...
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What is the best way to visually indicate correct plug alignment with socket (hardware)?

I currently have a problem where users are not correctly aligning a plug with a socket on an electrical device, leading to the plug being forced and the pins breaking. Users have suggested putting ...