Stephen Few

Stephen Few

Areas of Expertise:

  • Data visualization
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Stephen Few has over 20 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence (a.k.a. data warehousing and decision support) and information design. Through his company, Perceptual Edge, he focuses on the effective analysis and presentation quantitative business information. Stephen is recognized as a world leader in the field of data visualization. He teaches regularly at conferences such as those presented by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and DCI, and also in the MBA program at the Haas School of Business at U. C. Berkeley. He is also the author of the book "Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten" (Analytics Press).

" Having read Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, by Stephen Few, I finally realized that we had great data that was converted into wisdom only by the intuitive abilities of our executives. In this book, Stephen Few has successfully laid out the dos and don'ts of dashboard design--the great value of a deliberate, professional approach to visually communicating important information. Although this book is a little late for my corporate experiences, I have immediately used the information in my course materials for a professional banking school, and will pass it on to my fellow instructors as we begin our summer sessions."
--Rodolfo F. Engmann, StickyMinds.com

"Stephen Few has provided an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand book. He gives a concise overview of the various aspects that should be considered when creating good dashboards. He has provided good illustrations using screenshots and other pictures that give new insights and new inspiration...I can recommend the book to all user interface designers, not only those who deal with dashboards and work centers but also to others because many design principles are not only valid for dashboards. Some of his ideas can help ensure that the screens of maintenance applications, where many attributes and parameters need to be maintained, are not crowded, thus making fewer tabs necessary."
--Kai Willenborg, SAP Design Guild