Game of Thrones in Words

This visualization looks at the language of the 3 major remaining Game of Thrones characters. Who will take the throne? Let's take a look at the language used by George RR Martin for each character's chapter to understand them better. This shows which words in the novels are unique to each character by frequency.

Dynamic KPI Metric

Some folks asked how I made the KPI metric cards in the KPI dashboard from my 5 Types of Dashboards post. This card is a good way of communicating a KPI, performance vs target, and trend over time. The original design trick of the color bar underlining the text was taken from Adam Crahen

The above version is a minor redesign of the original card that I think is cleaner. In this view the color, line, and text color changes when the KPI value is higher or lower than the target. Download to reverse engineer. Please let me know if you have any questions.

NYC TUG Presentation

This week I spoke at the first NYC TUG event of 2019. My presentation was on my recent post about the 5 Types of Dashboards. See the slides below. 

5 Types of Dashboards

A dashboard, according to the Big Book of Dashboards, is a visual display of data used to monitor conditions and/or facilitate understanding

However, the visual display of a dashboard can vary significantly depending on what conditions you want to monitor and for who you're trying to facilitate understanding. The type of dashboard you need depends on a number of factors including who will use it, how it will be used, how often, and in what medium. Some dashboards are simple and explanatory meant to be viewed quickly without much context. Other dashboards are very detailed and complex meant to be explored. 

In my experience, there are generally five types of dashboards:



This article provides an overview of each type of dashboard, when to use each, and why. Click each image for an interactive, downloadable version in Tableau using SuperStore Sales data. Every dashboard does not fit neatly into of these types. But by grouping them this way I hope to emphasize the importance of considering the audience, use case, update frequency, and delivery mechanism for each dashboard you create.

Samuel L Jackson

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