This beautifully presented book focuses on how to present time critical information in as dense and easy to assimilate manner as possible on status dashboards. The author evaluate many different types of visualisations and graphs commonly used for this purpose and comes to the conclusion that the common choices e.g. pie charts, rev counters, gauges, bright colours, lots of needless graphics are exactly what is not needed.
Many real world example dashboards are presented and critiqued and the author offers up his own dashboards as examples and the differences in information density and ease of assimilation are quite startling. This book is recommended reading to anyone interested in presenting complex data effectively.