Tables

What’s The Damn Denominator?

Here’s what’s making me crazy today: denominators. Specifically, reports and dashboards where the metrics displayed are utterly baffling (and useless) because the denominator is the wrong one for the information to be communicated, or/and the labels that should identify the … Continue reading

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The Luxury of Less

I often find myself torn between wanting to get as much useful information as possible onto a single page of the reports and dashboards we design and build, and my love of white space, or “The Luxury of Less.” In … Continue reading

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You Can Learn A Lot From a Watermelon Mojito

Sadly, the long, lazy afternoons making and sipping my favorite summer cocktail — a watermelon mojito — are winding down. I love this drink, made with fresh watermelon purée, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, and light rum. The layering of … Continue reading

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A Profoundly Moving Data Display

This past Memorial Day I was greatly moved by news stories about the courage and sacrifice of so many in service to our country. It was also a quiet time for me to reflect on the memorials erected to commemorate … Continue reading

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For the Font of It

Dr. Fizzy McFizz at DocCartoon.com has identified the seven types of physician handwriting she encountered during her medical training. I’m not a physician, but—I’m embarrassed to admit—my handwriting fits squarely into category #7: “Had 30 Seconds to Write.” I disclose … Continue reading

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Labels, Titles and Endorphins, Oh My!

I have been an avowed hater of running since forever. Not wanting to run is just about the only thing in my entire life that I have ever been certain of. That is, until a couple of months ago, when … Continue reading

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Channel Your Inner “Sprout”

My career in healthcare started when I was hired straight out of college as the finance manager of a community hospital. My co-workers called me “Sprout,” as in “she’s as young and green as a new sprout.” They were SO … Continue reading

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A Great Teacher; A Great Lesson

I’m sure most of us can name a memorable teacher — one who, for better or worse, made a lifelong impression upon us. Mine was the principal of my junior high school. I remember him in part because we had … Continue reading

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When should you use a table to display data?

Tables should be used to display data when you need to look up specific values. The earliest table I remember (quite vividly) is the multiplication table that we were given in elementary school (yes, long before hand held calculators of … Continue reading

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Red, Yellow, Green is SO Last Season

Listen up folks…it is time for a red, yellow, green color intervention of the most serious kind. The use of red, yellow, green to indicate performance on your reports and dashboards has reached a crisis level and can no longer … Continue reading

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