Any technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message.

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How to represent an X/Y mood data to a user within a very small space (32x32)?

I'm building a mood tracker app for iPhone and am running into a user experience issue - I would like users to be able to track their moods, along with other events in a vertical "history". The mood ...
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How to let the user know that we have not enough data to render chart?

...in various charts like line, pie and column charts. What a message to show? In what place?
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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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Are there any resources about connotations related to visual elements from a cultural perspective?

I've been wondering about this for some time, are there any libraries or resources online that show what connotations are attached to any given design element from a cultural perspective? I am aware ...
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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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Indicating relationships between multiple gauges or charts representing different views of the same data

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 ...
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Graphic design critique parameters

I am working at a consulting company these days and I am having some issues with graphic designers I work with. Basically I have tested the graphic designers in various short projects for the ...
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Reference books for data visualisation and dashboard design [closed]

Please could you recommend some reference texts or other resources concerned with business data visualisation and dashboard design. There's Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few on Amazon but ...
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Alternative graphical representation of a goal achievement?

The client has a set goal X that he wants to achieve every month and he wants this represented graphically and I agree that it would be a good way for people to easily see how far along they are. The ...
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Can I get some inspiration on displaying visualization for a tabular data in addition to displaying it in a table? [closed]

I need to display a report on back end data. The report is basically the distribution of Vendors by devices on the network. I am using jquery datatables for my tabular data and google charts treemap ...
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How to display ranges in a map legend

We need to display a map legend that shows ranges of pipe diameters. Currently we have something like this: The problem with this is that the edge cases are ambiguous. Does 50mm fall in the first ...
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One page websites - do and don't

I'm about to develop one-page website. But suddenly I'm not sure this is the right solution. The content characteristics are: Contains 8 sections. The sections depend on each other: section 2, for ...
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Display Email Address + Website? Or is it redundant?

When putting contact data on a page, do you use email and website separately or do you just go with the assumption that the user will get the website from the email (given that it's ...
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Combine Kinects image and depth data

Playing with a Kinect, I wonder how the depth channel could be integrated /combined into the video stream? Update: I want to present both data channels to the users. How could I design this? What I ...
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Individual welcome page vs. site content

I am thinking of the structure of one my new apps for the web. What do you think would be the most userfriendly approach to present the sites first page? Have a welcome page that shows just a ...
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What is the best way to create an eye-catching display of numeric values in a web page?

I am going to design a management level monitoring page for displaying some sums and counts. No interaction is allowed and it will be used as a monitoring page on a big LCD in the managers view. The ...
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What are good UI Visualizations to show in a grid for ranking activity?

I have a grid with a list of runners (one person in each row) on a webpage. I want to show some visualization in a column to represent how much they have ridden in the last year. Right now I am just ...
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What type of graph do users prefer?

I am in total confusion as to what type of graph to provide the user with for my dashboard. My dashboard deals with user statistic like No. of visits, total points they have earned, etc. But I don't ...
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Tool for making attractive Org Charts and similar diagrams [closed]

I'm a professor who is looking for a diagramming tool that will make "org chart" type and flowchart diagrams that look really slick and attractive. There are many mindmap tools out there, but I'm ...
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Infographics: show relationships between two sets and within them

I have two sets of objects, called "positive" and "negative". Objects are of the same type and can be compared, comparison results in real number from 0.0 to 1.0 (similarity). What puzzles me right ...
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What are techniques for showing a future state on an empty dashboard?

I am working on a new web application that will have a user dashboard displaying lots of great information with charts, notifications, alerts, etc. The actual data populating the charts will not be ...
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Presenting comparable data series with varying frequency

I've a data design challenge that requires the presentation of data where the data is comparable (can be plotted or presented as a table) but who's data points are inconsistent. Inconsistency occurs ...
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Chart drill-down affordance?

I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for improving the usability of chart drill-down? More specifically, imagine we have a bar chart (or any other visualization) where a user is able to select ...
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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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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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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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Image thumbnail representation for paragraph text

in my app, a user would have a set of posts. Some posts (like 50% of em) would have media attached, while some of them would not. There are several instances where I would like to give thumbnails ...
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How to convey element dimensions to casual users?

In a CMS backend dialog for controlling the dimensions of a content element (e.g. an image) including the possibility to adjust padding, borders and margins; In a GUI, what is a good way to convey ...
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Visualization advice for mix of graph/hierarchical data

I have hierarchical data that looks like this: I need to come up with a way to display it with the requirements I'll list momentarily. It is not a tree because there can be cycles (ignore ...
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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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Examples of great Activity Feed Visualisations [closed]

It´s surprising how little variation there is today on activity feeds, everybody seems to copy FB. What I´m trying find is alternative forms of visualisation of activity feeds, ones that use more ...
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When is a table the proper way to present data?

UPDATE: added mockups We are in the process of designing a web application interface for administering an online store. In such an interface there are pages for managing products, orders, customers, ...
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What is the best way to visually present a sitemap?

Do you know which are the common patterns for a graphical representation of a sitemap?
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Are Sparklines appropriate for use in dashboards of reporting software?

For those not aware of Sparklines, here is an example: http://demos.telerik.com/silverlight/#BulletGraph/FirstLook Would these work well to really give users a quick dashboard/reporting overview of ...
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What's the best way to represent a timeline graphic

I am trying to represent the following server downtime: (I have couple of more combinations, I have removed for brevity) Server A : 4:00 - 4:30 AM Server B : 5:30 - 6:00 AM Server C : 6:00 - 6:30 ...
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What is the best way to graphically display item's position in a ranking?

My app has a table containing a list of financial securities. One of the columns is the security's position in a list of all available securities ranked by performance. For example: security XYZ is ...
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How many visually distinct colors can accurately be associated with a separated legend in a figure?

For charts and graphs it's a relatively common question by programmers to want to procedurally generate an arbitrary number of colors that are visually distinct. Various research (or educated ...
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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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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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How to best label age group boundaries?

We're organizing people into age buckets. For example: 0-20 yrs, 20-40yrs, 40-60yrs... I'm struggling with how to best label the age buckets, there are two options: (A) Don't repeat the values, so: ...
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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
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How can I choose a colour palette for multiple data visualization types?

I'm currently implementing the Google Visualization API into an existing platform, one requirement of which is the ability to choose custom colours for chart elements (such as pie slices and columns). ...
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What are Good Techniques to Visualize Binary Differences?

I'm particularly interested in diff-based visualizations. Code diffs are the most straightforward and easy as they're used for a long time and have a lot of examples of 1, 2, and 3 pane views. For ...
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Real vs perceived circle area in data visualisation

I am about to visualise some data using circles on top of a map but I am concerned about the real vs perceived circle size. I've read about a bias in the perception of the area of a circle. The best ...
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How do you handle long charts that span multiple pages?

I need to print several bar charts to PDF for some reporting requirements. One the of the issues I am certain to encounter is how to handle the display of very long charts that span multiple pages in ...
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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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How to display hardware life expectancy?

For a web application I'm developing my manager has asked me to display the life expectancy of a hardware component. The component will according to the manufacturer handle at least 16 000 000 ...
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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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Information Graphics vs Brand Awareness

I'm looking for some information on mapping color to graphs. To be more specific, I've got a bunch of graphs that represent Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+ in line charts. We've had an on ...
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What's an alternative to data tables for key/value pairs?

I have a list of 8 key/value pairs I'm displaying in a sidebar using a table element. I'm using a th and td element on each row. However, the td content is often too long and has to be truncated. I ...