Spreadsheet Models for Managers

Getting Access to Spreadsheet Models for Managers

If Spreadsheet Models for Managersyou use Excel to model businesses, business processes, or business transactions, this course will change your life. You’ll learn how to create tools for yourself that will amaze even you. Unrestricted use of this material is available in two ways.

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It resides on your computer, and you can use it anywhere. No need for Internet access.
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If you have access to the Internet whenever you want to view this material, you can purchase on-line access. Unlimited usage. I’m constantly making improvements and you’ll get them as soon as they’re available.

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Order "Spreadsheet Models for Managers, on-line edition, one month" by credit card, for USD 69.95 each, using our secure server, and receive download instructions by return email.
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Make your check payable to Chaco Canyon Consulting, for the amount indicated:
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Spreadsheet Models for Managers

Design tips 6/10
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  • Use a single font and style
    • When too many lettering styles are mixed together, readability suffers
    • Stick to a single font
  • Use initial capitals
    • Use leading capitals instead of all capital letters
    • All caps are hard to read and tend to obscure the emphasis you want
  • Break up complex charts into two or more charts
  • Focus on one point
    • Keep visual elements to a minimum
    • Incidental art can have great eye appeal, but when you add too many fancy frills, your message gets lost in the clutter

Designing effective graphics is an art, and most of us know little about it. Here are some tips, though, to help make your graphics more effective without having to undergo a three-week training course (which still just makes you a beginner).

Restricting yourself to a single font is the most basic guideline, and perhaps the most violated. Multiple fonts are distracting. And to make text more readable, use mixed case, especially in titles.

Complexity is another trap. Keeping charts simple makes them more understandable. One source of complexity is the desire to enable comparisons between data streams — a laudable goal. But if you’re comparing more than two streams, you’re at risk of over-reaching on complexity. It’s best to compare pairwise.

Perhaps the most obnoxious form of distracting complexity is incidental art. Here’s an example. Don’t do that.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 27-Apr-2016 04:15:26 EDT

About Charts

The purpose of charts is visual communication. Sadly, many charts that contain important information don’t communicate that information very well. Communicating visually in an effective manner is probably an art, but it’s an art we can learn.

One way to learn is by bad examples — actually studying examples of bad technique. Fortunately, bad examples are easy to find. Finding good examples is more difficult, but there are several excellent references in the class notes. Enjoy!