JUST MAKE ME A DASHBOARD!
Up-leveling Enterprise Data Visualizations
“Make it sexy!” “Add some animated gauges!” “What about a dark theme?”
Have you ever been tasked with designing a mission critical, innovative, exciting dashboard? By tomorrow? sigh…
It is hard to tell, but these directives are actually a cry for help. Your organization is begging for great data visualization and you’re just the one to save them. Our workshop will arm you with the superpowers necessary to bring innovative, exciting and usable dashboards, reports and analytics to your products.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Behind most enterprise applications, there is a mind-blowing amount of information. With tools available today – from PowerPoint to code libraries to BI software – anyone can visualize data. But the tools don’t know what your users need. It’s up to us to make sure our data visualizations answer these questions:
Is it useful? Is it understandable? Is this what users want or need to know (and at the right time)? Do they have the information they need to take action?
You have to know who you are trying to reach and what they need to know or do before you decide how to use data that you have.
Learning the fundamentals of data visualization can help you up-level your data visualizations and dashboards and use any of your tools more effectively to communicate data in a way that people can quickly and clearly understand, and use.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Designers, front end developers, product managers, their leadership, and anyone interested in learning tool-agnostic fundamentals of effective data visualization design and user validation. This workshop is not for anyone looking to learn how to use a specific data visualization tool.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
In this hands-on workshop (with prizes!), Theresa Neil and Jes Reynolds will cover the fundamentals of designing and testing charts and visualizations to help you up-level your data visualizations for dashboards, reports and analytics tools.
You’ll learn about:
- The difference between explanatory & exploratory visualizations
- General guidelines and best practices
- How to choose the right chart
- Using color effectively
- Data visualization accessibility
- Tips for testing data visualizations
- Resources for tools and inspiration
Then you get to put all the fundamentals into practice, win some prizes, and have some fun tearing apart and fixing some egregious dashboards. (Some of these are baaaaad.) And did we mention there are prizes? Register.
Thanks for your interest in presenting at the DesignOps Summit! The conference takes place in Brooklyn, NY, USA October 23-25. We’d love to hear your ideas—ranging from case studies to toolkits to inspirational stories—and especially want to hear from members of under-represented communities.
The submission deadline is EOD Monday, May 27. Please note: required fields are marked by an asterisk—and the more information you provide, the better. Apply here.
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Videoconferences (and past recordings) are available for free to all Enterprise Experience Community members. Join here for invitations.
Our guest, Cheryl Platz, applies her extensive experience as a professional improv performer and educator to her design work in “unexpected” ways. Improv is more than a performance technique – it’s a mindset that helps us energetically embrace constraints and uncertainty. Join Cheryl for a Q&A session to ask questions about Cheryl’s DesignOps Summit 2018 improv talk, questions about improv theory, or how to apply improvisational techniques to your storytelling and facilitation.
Cheryl Platz is a principal interaction designer whose work on emerging technologies has reached millions of customers across multiple industries. Her professional passions include natural user interfaces, applied storytelling in design and research, and taming complexity in any manifestation. As a Principal UX Designer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she is tasked with exploring and improving the Foundation’s employee experience around the world. Past employers include Amazon (Alexa), Microsoft (Azure, Cortana), Electronic Arts (The Sims), Griptonite Games (Disney Friends), Disney Parks (PhotoPass), and MAYA Design. In her free time, as Principal Designer and owner of design education company Ideaplatz, Cheryl shares her experience with conferences and companies worldwide – providing designers with the skills needed to work thoughtfully (and responsibly) with emerging technologies. Cheryl is also a professional actress and improvisor: as a member of the Unexpected Productions ensemble and teaching faculty for over a decade, she’s entertained and inspired tens of thousands of audience members.