Presenting 6*14 bars is indeed a bit tricky. Nevertheless, here are a fe things you might consider:
- If those 14 values have a common nature, you could stack them. If some values become too small, you could add a straight table underneath the graphic.
- A radar chart doesn't comply with your layout standards, but it allows you to present many values in a compact way.
thanks for helping! I appreciate any ideas.
However, knowing the managers here, I think that sticking with the chart_types I use anywhere else will be best to avoid silly questions. So the barchart with stacked values would probably be the best solution - and the least work for me, which is also relevant because time is a scarce resource in this context ;-)
Having 14 different colours is not very nice, but one can't have everything.
Only one more question:
=> Could I modify the legend to show only those segments which are actually there (with a value > 0)? That way, when an entire week is displayed, most likely all segments will be present somewhere, but when I select just one day, then it would be easy to spot which elements are there - and which are missing on that particular day.
Thanks a lot!
P.S.: Hmm - I'll just delete the legend altogether and use so many free_text_boxes instead that I can make appear and disappear depending on the value. I will make the colours swap places every day to keep people thinking ;-)
I'd personally be cautious about using block charts, as I am with any charts which rely on the user making a judgement based on a 2d shape, because evaluating their contents is slow and requires thought. A user finds it much easier to simply glance at a bar, line, or combo chart and can make a judgement almost instinctively.
that was my thought, too. I just couldn't put it in words like you did. The KISS principle is especially important when preparing something for shopfloor-workers and managers ;-)
You're right. That works. When the whole week is displayed, the legend still has 14 points - and 14 colours - but when i select only one day, there are only two or three.
Thanks a lot!