Classify data elements in visuals as Categorical, Ordinal, or Quantitative to maximize intuitive features.
Apply the most effective visual features (e.g., form, colour, position, motion) based on data classification.
Align key data points with appropriate display media.
Line charts for time series
Stacked bar charts for proportion to whole
Heatmaps to highlight exceptionally “good” or “bad” data
Provide summaries and exceptional information instead of large amounts of detail.
Group related things together, arrange groups as simply as possible.
Design specifically for your target audience and the dashboard’s objective.
Use clear, unambiguous visual features to communicate the message.
We have identified 6 Essential Data Visualization Best Practices. Adhering to these best practices makes it easier and faster for users to gain insight from large volumes of data and thereby make the best decisions for their business.