Your designs should be bold

In our everyday lives, we are surrounded by mind-blowing visual experiences on home video consoles and smartphones that cost a few hundred dollars.  As a visualization practitioner, you have hardware and software that costs at least 10x more.

They why are we creating experiences that are visually unattractive, disengaging, and downright boring?  Do we need more training in creating proper visualizations — for sure (Stephen Few’s books will make you better).

More sinister, I suspect your organizations “prefer” line and bar charts (hopefully no pie charts). Try this out; redesign a couple existing dashboards and be bold in your thinking so you get strong reactions.  Show it to a few customers; if they don’t like something, ask why and make it better!

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