Designing Data Visualizations for Mobile Devices

First published on the Actuate blog, January 7, 2015.


Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? If you did, “exercise more” is probably on your list. Year after year, it’s consistently among the most common resolutions. That’s because we know that moving makes us stronger – and science shows that it makes us smarter, more energetic, and more productive too. (That’s why the guy in the next office just got a standup desk with a treadmill under it – and got the boss to pay for it.)

The same goes for business data: If you can get data moving, it can make your organization better in many important ways. That’s why in 2015,  companies are resolving to get their data out of storage silos and onto mobile devices. They’re building mobile apps – complete with embedded data visualizations – to put data in the hands of employees, partners and customers who need it, want it, and can take action on it.

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Treadmill desk image from Wicker Paradise