While attending the ChiTUG today, I saw a presentation on effectively designing Dashboards targeted toward iPad users. The presentation triggered a number of thoughts. Obviously Edward Tufte came to mind, I think his name was even mentioned. In that vein, I want to recommend the following book for Tableau Authors that want to develop effective Dashboards for iPad users. Apple has in a fundamental way taught us that Simplicity is the key!
Law 1: Reduce - The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
Law 2: Organize - Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
Law 3: Time - Savings in time feel like simplicity.
Law 4: Learn - Knowledge makes everything simpler.
Law 5: Differences - Simplicity and complexity need each other.
Law 6: Context - What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
Law 7: Emotion - More emotions are better than less.
Law 8: Trust - In simplicity we trust.
Law 9: Failure - Some things can never be made simple.
Law 10: The One - Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.
The Law of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) by John Maeda