AoF 50: A Brand New Data Visualization Language w/ Dr. Jürgen Faisst

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One of my favorite visualization methodologies is ironically not that well known in the US, though very well used throughout Europe. Back in 2015 I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Rolf Hichert, founder of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS), before he retired. His famous annotation poster is a staple at our BI Brainz office and is finally available in the US! 

Today’s guest is Dr. Jurgen Faisst, who took over Hichert’s role. Together, Jurgen and I discuss his new book, where is defining a new language for data visualization. Check this out and learn how to get a free copy of his new book!

“The book has been written for people who are interested in such a visual language for business purposes.” Jurgen Faisst [29:38]

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3 Knowledge Bombs

  • Jurgen on Visual Consistency - Creates better comprehension and results.
  • Jurgen on Certified Tools - Leverage software, plug-ins, native support, and other technologies.
  • Jurgen on Management - Gain support and sponsorship to implement standards.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [03:21]  - New Language, New Book for Reporting: Music to your ears!
  • [05:24]  - Keys to Success: Visual Consistency, Certified Tools, and Management Support.
  • [19:22]  - What is IBCS and its SUCCESS standards?
  •   Say: Convey a message
  •   Unify: Apply semantic notation
  •   Condense: Increase information density
  •   Check: Ensure visual integrity
  •   Express: Choose proper visualization
  •   Simplify: Avoid clutter
  •   Structure: Organize content
  • [19:33]  - Key Quote: How can we make reports, dashboards, presentations better understandable? - Jurgen Faisst
  • [19:47]  - Three Rule Areas: Conceptual, Perceptual, and Semantic.
  • [23:30]  - Visual Language: IBCS Notation applied to reports leverages pattern recognition.
  • [29:38]  - Key Quote: The book has been written for people who are interested in such a visual language for business purposes. - Jurgen Faisst
  • [34:30]  - Key Quote: A visual language needs to be trained to the audiences, as well. If they really want to understand it, they need to be trained. - Jurgen Faisst
  • [35:08]  - Report Notation Manual: Learn language to understand immediately.
  • [38:00]  - Broad Use: When to structure and standardize financial and other reporting.
  • [39:51]  - Colors: Is it too distracting? What’s most important? It’s not all black and white.
  • [45:35]  - Why is it important to unify your message? Consistency helps people to grasp things faster and make fewer mistakes.
  • [47:41]  - Key Quote: It’s all about pattern recognition, which makes use faster and better in what we are perceiving. - Jurgen Faisst
  • [54:23]  - How much time does it take to implement standards and get results? It depends.
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“It’s all about pattern recognition, which makes use faster and better in what we are perceiving.” Jurgen Faisst [47:41]

Links and Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Connect to Jurgen Faisst via via LinkedIn
  • Jurgen’s Books!

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