What I do using the 1000 most used words Cambridge based geneticist, Theo Sanderson has built a great tool, THE UP-GOER FIVE TEXT EDITOR. You’re asked to explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words. There’s been a bit of a Twitter meme to try to explain your job within the same parameters. Here’s my go: I help people who build stuff with computers think about what good looks like
The thoughtful Dominic Hurst has recently posted about Why we report data. He’s provided some excellent tips to meet the challenge of presenting data or user research that is understood and actionable: Widen the ownership of the dashboard Try just focus on the metrics that matter Strip the dashboard of analytical jargon Provide actionable insights Beta dashboard used at Liverpool John Moores University(LMU) I’d add to this the challenge of getting users to engage with a dashboard or report in the first place.
Just caught up with a blog post from the UK Ministry of Justice Digital team’s Martin Oliver. It originally appeared on the MoJ blog as Cracking the code and content question, but was republished under a different title on Public Technology as Running your digital project - tips from MOJ Digital. There’s lots of useful advice, but I was disappointed not to see reference to using quantitative data and analysis. I think data and telling a story from its analysis are vital to content development.