Representing sets of data in non-tabular form is the work of visualizations. Complex representations which convey meaning and value to the recipient in a pictorial form is much harder than it seems. The ability to not mis-represent or mis-lead the reader is paramount.
Alternative symbols for colors is a very interesting idea. Offering a non-color based solution for conveying information is always interesting. There are plenty of solutions including thickness, styles or even shape. That’s exactly what colorAdd does, offer shaped alternatives.
Metrics and Dashboards
Metrics are the life-blood of a company. From finances to quality control, you need to have an understanding of what is happening. Dashboards are one way to help surface some of these metrics in a way that is easily understandable and actionable.
A single tactile calendar to keep the company in sync is a pipe dream no matter how beautiful it might be.
Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. I saw an interesting t-shirt which lead to an interesting experiment in crowd sourcing to get a new design. As with every good idea, it endeds-up on a t-shirt.
02012 Annual Report
Throughout all of 02012, we kept track of our hours and to which client and the type of work. It wasn’t easy and we probably missed a bunch of items here and there, but we’ll continue because we see the value. The reason we started all of this was due to not knowing if the business was making money or losing it. You can improve what you aren’t measuring. This is a glimpse of how we spent our time in 02012, some of the numbers are surprising, even for us!