There are few selections in dashboard where data is very less i.e showing two bars in a graph which looks very odd. Is there any other way than graphs where we can display information in dashboards ?

Here is the example I am referring to.

Case 1 - When there are multiple values for graph it looks good. enter image description here

Case 2 - When there is one value , one bar looks weird. enter image description here


Reading a very good book about data visualization recently, http://www.storytellingwithdata.com/ I came across with a very good suggestion. When you don't need a graph to represent something, don't use a graph. Just use the number itself. Don't try to give something that looks nice graphically, instead try to help the user understand better the information that you give. In the case that you have, I would just use the 2 numbers as they are.

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  • Also read any of Stephen Few's books on data visualisation, especially Information Dashboard Design (Stephen invented the Bullet Graph). If you are really interested in Data Visualisation, you would also read Edward Tufte, especially The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Edward is the "father" of data visualisation, and he invented Sparklines. – SteveD Mar 1 '17 at 10:01
  • @SteveD Thanks for the advice!! It is already on my list, but super expensive :( – Dimitra Miha Mar 1 '17 at 14:29
  • Sadly a bit expensive - however the information contained in those books is well worth the investment, simply because Data Visualisation is such a huge subject and the knowledge is very much in demand right now - you cannot obtain this depth of knowledge on the cheap.if you buy just one book go for the second edition of Stephen Few's Information dashboard design book. – SteveD Mar 1 '17 at 14:42
  • Thanks a lot Dimitra - I am thinking of displaying information in cards with Numbers wherever data is very less – ammu Mar 2 '17 at 14:22

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