I'm sure there must be some terminology for what I require unfortunately I'm not sure what it is. Anyway, let me try to explain, I have a selection of applications for courses that are to be assigned to a certain group for checking before they can be accepted, this is not a linear progression since applications can be assigned to any of the groups at any point. I would like suggestions for some form of UI to help visualise the distribution of a collection of applications.
E.g I have 100 applications in total
- 10 are assigned to the 'Faculty'
- 30 are assigned to the 'Department'
- 40 are assigned to the 'Tutor'
- 20 are assigned to the 'Dean of Students'
So I'd like a simple 'at a glance' method of displaying this information. I thought perhaps a multi-coloured coloured progress bar 100px long with 10px red, 30px yellow, 40px amber and 20px green. But I'm not too keen on using blocks of meaningless colours like this, and if the the user has a colour vision deficiency it renders the whole visualisation meaningless.
I should also mention that I have limited vertical space in my design, in fact the solution must fit into a table row. This is the reason I initially thought of a stacked bar chart as described above.
All suggestions welcome.
Edit - I've revised the question to more accurately reflect the requirements because I feel people are voting based on the original question.