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

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Representing large numbers

I'm developing a charting application. There could be a situation where I would have to display large numbers on the chart. The problem is that they number labels have to fit inside the chart columns, ...
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How to organize multiple information popup areas over a table?

How might you best organize multiple popups over a table when both the table content and the popup content are equally important. Scenario: Tabulated data, for which the user may be interested in ...
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Commentary book on information architecture outside the Internet

I know there is no single correct answer to my question, so I would be grateful if mods could turn my question into community wiki. I’m looking for a book about information architecture in everyday ...
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How to show progress towards goal?

On our intranet we display some numbers for our employees so they can keep track of their performance goals. Currently it's just a table. We'd like something more visual, and this was the first ...
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How to present weighted values

I have a formula which is used to calculate certain scores. The formula has some parameters (shown in the image below) including a Weight parameter that is changed dynamically (the rest of the inputs ...
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Improve display of date range inside a table

I have been taking a look at this post, but it is not exactly what I am looking for, plus I have hour and minutes and is inside a table. My current table is this one (bigger image): The problem I ...
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Visualizing structure and intermediate results of a computation

I have a financial desktop application and there are many places where different computations are performed and a single number (or a couple numbers) is shown as a result. Very often users are ...
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Legacy Text Interface (e.g. Telnet) to GUI [closed]

I work in a very large, established company with a consistent philosophy of, "If it's not broken, don't fix it." The (large) division of the company that is responsible for maintaining customer ...
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Suggestions to display large amounts of flight prices?

I have an app that I wrote as a hobby project (when I was learning F#) that collects price data for flights for a given route. I now want to open this up on the web but the major stumbling block I ...
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Has anyone come across the term 'infographic aesthetics' before? [closed]

I have been doing infographic design as part of providing content for websites and software applications (and print materials as well), and I know a lot of people talk about the concept data/ink ratio ...
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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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Way to display a lot of end-game data

I am building a web app for providing League of Legends players with a more detailed match history and statistics as well as an internal ranking system (for friends) and achievements, as well as an ...
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Information visualization - display 6 related ranges on a single chart

I sell apples and oranges. I know how many items of each kind I expect to sell today and I know how many I've actually sold so far. I need to design a chart displaying this data in real time. What's ...
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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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Best visual representation for monthly values

What kind of data visualizations do you use to show a binary state of a month? By "binary" i mean just two options for a month. Either "available" or "not available". The last vis on the example ...
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Symbols to represent dynamic items

This problem is not new to me. An user can have multiple interests, so he will check some items that is presented to him. For this example. Ten items of interest. So he will mark as interested in ...
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Multipart progress / status bar colours

I am working on an application that needs to show users their currents status / progress in performing a task on a number of items. There are three states that each item can have: New (blue) - ...
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Is there a widely-understood visual metaphor for using part or all of an existing item to make a new one? [closed]

I'm looking to convey the following functionality to users: able to take part or all of an existing short text entry and make a new, related text entry from it. For example, if a user encounters the ...
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Is there any value in using “irrelevant” icons

I'm currently wireframing/"UXing" and doing the front-end dev work on the rebuild of a reasonably big intranet app with lots of data in various sections. To make things easier for the users to pick ...
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Tufte's data density, readability and comparison

I'm intrigued by Tufte's data density. While I love his definition of data / ink ratio which can be easily measured, I have hard time measuring data density. He defines data density in a graphic as a ...
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Developing the news area for a website

I'm developing a simple website to a small company. It has a back-office (built with PHP and mySQL) for edit/ add/ remove some content like products and news. The news has some text and an image. ...
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Seeking research and guidance: what is the maximum usable density of lines in a line graph?

I am seeking any guidance and hopefully published research for guidance about line density in line graphs. Here is a hypothetical example: I want to show a line graph depicting frequency of code ...
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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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How do I represent null values in a line chart?

I am building a web-based analytics platform. I am looking to plot a line chart that represents the number of seconds it took for me to reach a live service agent via phone on a given day. In the ...
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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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Ideal number of data points per 100 pixels for a chart

If there are too many data points too close together in an image, it can look pretty choppy. In this case, we are tracking number of data points over time; eg 500 per minute, 500 per minute, etc. ...
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Can this chart axis labelling be improved? (Showing zero in histogram)

I have a chart like the one pictured, with the following "tick intervals": 0, 1-10000,10001-20000,20000-30000 and 30000+ What is a consistent way of labeling the x-axis? I am not pleased with how ...
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Interesting visualizations for a personnel in-out control

I have a database with the data of all the company personnel in and out through several facilities (All people must put their fingerprint in the scanner to open doors) I'm looking for interesting way ...
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How shall I display my application version and contact details to the end user

The traditional approach for displaying application information to user is through Menu. User select Help > About and we display a popup displaying the details. Is there a better approach doing ...
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I want to group countries on a map into different mutually exclusive groups. What is the best interactive way to achieve this?

I am in a process to create an interactive map which displays sales of a product by region. Based on the data shown there is a possibility that I may find similarities between a few regions and want ...
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Graph for toggling data set

We are building a network monitoring tool and we need to show a graph which shows the Active/Inactive state of the machines. Like for example, during a period of 24 hours, during which periods the ...
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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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Feature Matrix: Compare Products by Date/Time Range?

Problem Statement It is common to allow a user to compare two or more products in a matrix that lists features/benefits down one axis and the selected products along the other. But how do you ...
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Reputation Scoring Signals

My Question: How is the UX of the best, or any, web reputation systems capturing and representing offline influence within a community? What are the signals that are quantified or illuminated in ...
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UX around open data [closed]

I'm looking to better understand Web User Experience around the opening of data by organizations. An example is what the world bank has done with their data, see this. So I'm looking for: Notes, ...
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Need icons for SQL datatypes [closed]

I'm looking for icons which could be used to visually represent the various datatypes of SQL Server (for a nice db-doco). Is such a thing out there somewhere (commercially or public domain) or would I ...
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Representing a network of product dependencies as a diagram

The company I work for builds solutions - these are the items we take to market. Solutions consist of programs (1-to-many) - these are repeatable projects, or 'recipes' that we piece together to make ...
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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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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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Does animating statistical data make it easier to understand?

I'm looking at this presentation at Ted.com, and it uses impressive animated statistics: Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview Does using animated data make understanding statistical data ...
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Visualizing a Content Audit

I would like to create a graphical representation of a content audit I have done on an intranet. My purpose is fairly simple: cut through the perception that there is much more content that is much ...
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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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Why are election results presented by a geographic map instead of a cartogram map?

This morning (in Sweden) I woke up early to watch the 2012 presidential election in United States. I watched different news sources but all of them presented a geographical map of the results instead ...
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How to visualize cause and effect relationships with diagrams?

How can I model relationships where one or more causes produces an effect? I hope that such diagrams may make some of my ideas clearer to the user than just a block of text. Are there some tools that ...
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Data visualization - what should be the baseline, 'you' or the 'comparator' series?

This question is about data visualization, but ultimately it deals with usability and user expectations, so I felt it was appropriate to post it here. Imagine you are doing a comparison over time ...
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How can I handle long text displayed inside a bar in a bar-chart?

I'm working on a project where one of the reports I'm displaying on screen is a type of Gantt Chart. The customer wants some information about the activity the bar represents displayed inside of 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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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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Time based activity feed aggregation - What time?

I am implementing a news feed similiar to Facebook's. Essentially, the feeds are stored as individual items: 1 Nov 2012 9:00 AM [John] was [tagged] in [photo album "Halloween 2012"] 1 Nov 2012 9:20 ...
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Examples of software that generates stuff based on templates and various inputs [closed]

We've just started thinking about a new product (to be used internally at a company) that: Takes in multiple inputs (hundreds) Has a large set of templates (thousands) Has a large set of previously ...