Make People Fall in Love with Your Data: A Practical Tutorial for Data Visualization and UI Design

Ken Hilburn (Juice Analytics), Zach Gemignani (Juice Analytics)
Interfaces
Location: Mission City B4
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Part 1 – Visualization Principles and Best Practices Overview

People think visually. However, most of the tools that today’s information workers use actually confuse our natural visual interpretation skills. In the first part of our tutorial, we will share practical guidance that makes data presentation more effective, engaging, and valuable. Some of the topics we’ll be discussing include information layout and workflow, information visualization, chart selection, and styling. We’ll show real-life examples to demonstrate how applying these best practices enables charting laymen to work like visualization ninjas.

Part 2 – Design Principles of Dashboards and Interactive Applications

The second part of the tutorial will focus on best practices for applying visualization principles when designing web-based dashboards and other analytical tools. We will describe how to gradually reveal information as users express interest, how to make the tough decisions about what information should be shown, and offer guidance on creating workflows that support users’ needs. Information-rich applications share many common features—we will discuss when to include these features and proven approaches for making them valuable for your users.

Part 3 – Practical Application: Case Study

The final section of the tutorial will bring together the lessons on design to show how they are applied in a real-world example. We will demonstrate the process for translating client requirements into a full interface design. We will discuss topics including: 1) understanding specific end-user needs and data requirements; 2) determining key features and functionality for the interface; 3) styling choices to create the final UI composites.

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Ken Hilburn

Juice Analytics

Ken joined Juice in 2007 with over 20 years of technology development experience focussed on software product development and implementation. Ken works with Juice’s community and customers to help them better understand how to incorporate information presentation best practices into their world. He’s known for applying his structured approach and deep customer experiences to enable clients to implement targeted information solutions that make a difference.

Prior to joining Juice, Ken successfully led product and consulting organizations of various sizes in roles from product management to professional services. Ken holds an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

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Zach Gemignani

Juice Analytics

Zach is co-founder and CEO of Juice Analytics. His focus on making customer’s data more usable and valuable has helped Juice provide solutions with real benefit. His writings and speaking engagements have earned him a tremendous reputation in the Business Intelligence and Web Analytics arenas.

Before Zach helped found Juice, he led efforts to bring analytical rigor to the broadband programming and advertising groups at AOL. Prior, he was a management consultant with Diamond Consultants and Booz Allen. In these roles, Zach focused on information-intensive businesses such as credit cards and banking. Zach has an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Management and a BS in Economics from Haverford College.

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Jane Li
02/01/2011 2:12pm PST

This session is very helpful, thanks!

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Ken Hilburn
02/01/2011 2:01pm PST

You can download the slides for our presentation at:

bit.ly/JuiceStrata2011

Hope you enjoyed the session!

Jane Li
02/01/2011 1:27pm PST

Where to download the slides for this session? Thanks!

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