Visualizations i love

In the making of our room booking software we’ve invested a huge amount of time in interactive visualizations. Enjoy!

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Visualizing supply and demand during the semester’s planning phase (blogged).

 

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Schedules of selected room and possible alternatives. This booking page can be controlled via text input as well as drag&drop – both at the same time interacting with each other!

 

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Densely aggregated occupancy stats for each room per semester. (Thanks to mbostock’s calendar view)

Lessons learned

  • I will no longer chose colors by myself, since there’s a lot of psychology behind colors and our perception thereof. Try: colorbrewer, colorpicker
  • Thoughtfully design and then stick to your own APIs. Interacting with visualizations dangerously leads to a messy codebase since there are (too) many technologies involved.
  • Force users to use a modern browser.

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