Thanks to Sven C. Koehler. He pointed out me to Edward Tufte’s
There are some interesting answeres in the thread, esp. the graphic about
the patient. Isn’t every company a patient? :-)
I'm developing an executive dashboard, and I haven't been satisfied
with the business graphics that are widely available
(e.g. gauges, dials, stoplights). I decided to make a "Zen" version
of a KPI status indicator, using as little color as possible,
and incorporating E.T's innovative "Spark Line" metaphor for display
of trends. The graphic below shows the proposed KPI display across
the top of a browser screen with a descriptive example in the middle.
Any feedback would be wonderful!
Comments: Because of complex KPI names (e.g. This Week versus Last Week
Sales (All Divisions), KPIs were labeled with Roman numerals.
Balloon help could display the KPI name when the cursor brushes the