Waste of digital real estate?

Some of you already know that I fancy Pie Charts. Indeed they are a waste of digital real estate, but it somehow brakes the static look and feel of dashboards with just tables and Line Charts. (Looking forward to the new types in SSRS 2016 btw!)

For now, anyone who would like the recreate this one: http://blog.hoegaerden.be/2009/10/25/pie-chart-techniques/

I do fancy Pie Charts

And what do you think about maps? A nice addition or a waste of digital real estate?

Geo Map - SSRS 2012 2014

Two dashboards I’ve made for my clients, all of them are extremely happy! ๐Ÿ™‚
(Both can be made on SSRS 2008R2, 2012 and 2014)

BumbleBI Dashboard example


BumbleBI Dashboard - SSRS 2012 2014




How to design your SSRS or Power BI dashboard

Here’s how you should design your SSRS of Power BI dashboard (thanks to Julie Koesmarno).
More info on her blog:

To my delight, she mentioned about composition, in particular Fibonacci Spiral. It reminded me of one of the fundamental things that I have learned in photography (as a hobby). So this weekend, I spent a bit of time reviewing some of the data visualisations in Power View that I have created in the past. Instead of just looking at it as just data and information, I put my โ€œamateurโ€ photographer eyes on this. I begin thinking about design, technical and most importantly business components and how to put them together.

Here are a couple of Before-And-Afters, where I have revisited the objectives and composition aspects of these data visualisations in Power View.

Before and After


Fibonacci spiral is a pretty cool thing to use / apply in composition. Use it wisely and when it works, it works really well. Not all visualisations have to fit Fibonacci spiral though ๐Ÿ™‚

Another example based on a photo:


More tips for photography (and dashboards):

Another interesting blog post by Jason Thomas (also HowTo’s):