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Tableau Dashboard Cookbook by Jen Stirrup

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Sizing to make a data story

It is easy to balance columns in a report, but it is not very easy to lay out a dashboard. The size and location of dashboard elements are critical in helping users to understand the data better. How can you put dashboard elements together to facilitate easy understanding?

One key concept in design is called the golden ratio. It is based on the Fibonacci sequence, which is found in nature all around us and is a familiar concept. The Fibonacci sequence is found in a number of flower petals. You can also find it in art. For example, artists such as Salvador Dali and Le Corbusier have set out their works to approximate the golden ratio in the placement of items within their paintings. The golden ratio itself is 1:1.61, ...

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