Appendix A Designing Data Products

The idea for this book grew out of many of the ideas we developed over the years writing our blog. In this appendix, we have edited together a collection of blog posts that discuss some important principles and concepts on designing data products.

Articles

  1. A Checklist for Creating Data Products—An overview for product managers of data solutions to begin the process of transforming their organization’s valuable data into customer-facing products. http://bit.ly/data-product-checklist
  2. Think Like a Designer—A set of design principles for creating a data dashboard, including the use of unity/harmony, proximity/hierarchy, clear space, balance, contrast, proportion, and simplicity. http://bit.ly/think-desiger
  3. Designed to Be Used—A short list of design principles that we use to deliver applications that are valuable and productive for users. http://bit.ly/designed-used
  4. Breaking Free of the One-Page Dashboard Rule—Many people believe a dashboard needs to be a one-page, single view interface. We offer a different definition of data dashboards, focusing on clarity and conciseness. http://bit.ly/one-page-rule
  5. Dashboard Alerts Checklist—Alerts are a common feature in data products. This article summarizes our four C’s for effective alerts: context, cogency, communication, and control. http://bit.ly/dashboard-alerts
  6. 8 Features of Successful Real-time Dashboards—Many operational dashboards require data that is updated in real time. We describe what it takes ...

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