So in the web app I'm currently working on, I need to display a list of objects. I opted for a "friendly" view, with each object being a div. StackExchange's question list layout is actually a good example of what I mean.
A department head has added, and prioritized, making a standard table view (like an excel spreadsheet) the primary view. I'd really rather not do that, as I think they are uglier and harder to use in most cases.
Unfortunately, that's just my opinion vs his opinion and he outranks me. :(
So my question is: Is there anything out there comparing the two kinds of views and evaluating them to see the advantages/disadvantages of each?
EDIT: A couple people have mentioned A/B testing... one of the problems here is the project is overdue and at risk already, so adding dev time to figure this out is probably not a good idea. I'm hoping for some kind of generic study that says "grid views have these advantages" and one that says "friendly views have these advantages."
The only thing I can think of for table views is: More rows on screen, more familiarity to other systems, easier sorting/filtering