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Stephen Few

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Stephen Few
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Stephen Few, founder and principle of Perceptual Edge, is an American data visualization author and consultant. He was the author and editor of the Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter from November 2006 until December 2017. His pioneering articles and research helped to popularize and standardize Dashboard design for business specifically by establishing many best practices in regard to data visualization. By building on previous technical standards and adapting them to the emerging field of personal computers, Few also helped to define information architecture standards for Dashboard design.

An interview with Few about his dislike of the pie chart was published in the New York Times Magazine on April 22, 2012.[1]. Few provided critique and reworked several charts that appeared in the news for National Public Radio in February, 2013.[2]

Few established a data visualization consultancy, Perceptual Edge, in 2003 and has worked with varied organizations in the Education, Finance, Technology, Non-Profit, Government, Insurance, and Energy. This website now serves primarily as an archive of Stephen's extensive written work in the field of data visualization.


  • 2009 Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis[3]
  • 2012 Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, Second Edition[4]
  • 2013 Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-glance Monitoring, Second Edition[5]
  • 2015 Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise[6]
  • 2018 Big Data, Big Dupe[7]
  • 2019 The Data Loom[8]
  • 2012 '


  1. Greenbaum, Hilary. "Who Made That Pie Chart?". New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2020. External link in |website= (help)
  2. Stiles, Matt. "Chart Check: Did Obama's Graphics 'Enhance' His Big Speech?". NPR. Retrieved 7 January 2020. External link in |website= (help)
  3. Alonso, Jacob. "Review: Now You See It by Stephen Few". Seeing Complexity. Retrieved 12 December 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  4. Marks, Dallas. "Show Me the Numbers by Stephen Few". Dallas Marks. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  5. Marques, Elnisa. "'Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data' by Stephen Few – Book Review". The Data School. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  6. Cocking, Simon. "FROM NOISE TO SIGNAL. STEPHEN FEW, DATA VISUALISATION EXPERT COMING TO DUBLIN". Irish Tech News. Retrieved 12 December 2019. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. Avissar, Nimrod. "Book Review - Big Data, Big Dupe by Stephen Few". Pulse. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  8. Shin, Nancy. "DataFlash: Stephen Few's "The Data Loom" – A Book Review". Dragonfly. Retrieved 12 December 2019.

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