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  1. dan l

    A few thoughts….but please keep in mind the following:

    -I’m not an expert. I’m not bad. But I’m no expert.
    -Data visualization people often times don’t agree on much.
    -You’re going about this the right way. When I started, I made a couple of not so awesome dashboards. I revisited it often until I had command of everything I thought I needed.
    -Nothing here is a rip.

    So, my thoughts:

    1. What am I looking at? I mean, I know you know because you made it. I’m sure other wordpress people might know what they’re looking at. But I don’t. I actually had to go to the wp article and download the data all to figure out that these were developers doing a survey about their business. You may want to find a way to say that.

    2. How did word press get to those dead developers? Oh and what exactly is a partially living developer?

    That’s a ‘funny’ way of highlighting the issue. But this happens more than you think. In our efforts to reduce text, sometimes we leave chart legends that are muddled. Sometimes they’re muddled in a funny way. And then some jerk says it to you in a smug way like that. I have a boss who did it to me just a few days ago.

    3. I like the 3 tiered layout – separating the question categories in a meaningful fashion. That helps your reader. See point 1 to make sure it all ties together and clicks for your constituent. Layout means a ton in projects like this, imo. This will make you laugh: one of my more recent dashhboard projects has some elements inspired by…..rarst.net.

    4. Data visualisation people will almost always tell you that pie charts are bad. They are often right. Sometimes they are not. I’m not real dogmatic about it and I don’t encourage others to be either. But I would probably rethink those.

    5. That center mass chart. Is there a better way to say that?

    Additional stuff:

    If you’re interested and have a copy of excel 07 or 10 somewhere, I’d gladly try to whip up something just so show you another spin on it. I can’t guarantee it will win awards, but it would just be my take on the data.

    Also, my guy Robert’s site is probably a place you should visit:

    http://www.clearlyandsimply.com/

    His site covers some great Excel and Tableau stuff.

  2. dan l

    On 3: Yeah. Definitely messy data. It is quite the undertaking to make it potable.

    Oh and yeah. I’ve always thought your site looks pretty slick. What I like about it, mostly is the use of the oversized header and footer. It’s really interesting because normally that’s something of a turn off for me. I suspect it works on your site because it’s light colors and has a simple thin spacer while the mast itself doesn’t punch you in the face. Oh. And the stats board. I really like that.

    5. An interesting question. I’ll drop a copy of the data.

  3. dan l

    Amusing things you find in the data: when asked about his hourly rate, one user responded with “1 Six Pack”. I guess that depends if they’re talking about the good stuff or not.

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