Designing for Real-time Data Dashboards

Neil Wehrle (betaworks)
Design & User Experience
Location: Empire East
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Understanding what’s happening on your site in real-time requires more than just simple visit totals. Chartbeat is a tool designed to give front-line responders in organizations the actionable analytics they need to respond to what’s happening on their site.

This is a look at the design decisions a lean startup used developing the analytics software In this session, you’ll hear about:

  • How we made real-time data easily comprehensible
  • The difference between what users say they are looking for in real-time data, and what they really use
  • How rapid iteration moved the product forward in a matter of months from prototype to launch
  • Tips and tricks used to convey a sense of “real-time” (even when it might be a little less than that)
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Neil Wehrle


Neil is the user experience designer for betaworks, a New York-based media company. He works on many of their products, including and

Prior to joining betaworks, Neil spent the previous 12 years leading teams of interaction designers, user researchers and visual designers developing interactive products at Yahoo!, Razorfish, and for clients such as Ford, Guardian, Avaya, and the World Bank.

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Neil Wehrle
09/30/2010 11:46am EDT

Hi Jody -Thanks for attending. Actually, chartbeat is sampling over the day, but not taking a total. So we can tell you how many people were on your site at any one time, but not for set intervals. This blog post covers it pretty well, I hope:

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Jody Jeffrey
09/30/2010 9:14am EDT

Interesting presentation; I see that you use Google Analytics on the chartbeat site – do your end of day #’s match theirs?

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