I’m a huge fan of Edward Tufte’s Sparklines, although I have to confess I haven’t used them as much as I should in this blog. Here’s a couple to illustrate what they’re all about: Wifi and media coverage. But the problem has been a shortage of tools to automate this. Here’s another, from Andreas Flockermann, founder of BonaVista Systems – Sparklines, Dashboards, Charting for Excel and Microsoft Business Intelligence who has created something called MicroCharts (cool name) — “charts reduced to the max” (cool tag.) I’m going to try it out.
This is the week of hobbyhorses. I love sparklines though I’ve been very lazy in actually trying to make more use of them. Sparklines are simple little graphs that can pepper text to illustrate data. I went through a phase of using them a year ago on media coverage of technical stuff, the excessive online habits of Hong Kongers and a rather lame illustration (my first effort) at the rise and fall of Internet cliches. Anyway, interest seems to be returning for sparklines. Here’s a good piece on Corante on Sparklines: Merging visual data with text about a new utility that lets you create sparklines for