Data is typically represented in plain numbers or a table with an option to visualize it in a graph. To cater for different needs, it can be useful to allow users to select the type of diagram that suits them and have the option to switch between diagrams and table.
Using graphs is a good exemple of how we as a bank can present insights to our users, rather than just numbers. The idea is that the user feels like they have learnt something after having spent time in our applications.
When and how to use it
We use basic geometric shapes as the foundation of our graphs and charts. When possible, choose to use mainly line diagrams or bar charts, instead of circle charts - as our brand concept is based on a square. The shapes are without visual effect. Outlines and graphs should be flat and not in 3D.
The preferred library for implementing interactive grahps is High charts. We are working simplifying the use of charts and graphs into your build, but for now you can ask firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
When there is a need for multiple colours in charts and graphs, use percentages of SEB's primary colours and tints. They can be used freely but make sure that the contrast between the colour tints chosen are sufficient. It is common to use blue to show positive result, and red to show negative result.
Do's and don'ts
- Use SEB's colours. How the colours are used is up to each individual project. Use contrasting and obvious colours.
- Present a legend that explains what data is showing. Depending on the graph, it could be a good idea to allow the user to turn on and off legends.
- Ensure consistent spacing between shapes. Always aim for small spacing between shapes, such as columns.
- When a user hovers over a section in the graph, make sure to highlight that part. Try to make it possible for users to select and highlight certain information in the graph.
- Lines used in grids for graphs are always greyscale or black/white. The lines can be dotted if necessary.
Less is more
- Be cautious of combining more than two different types of diagrams in the same graph, because it can hard to interpret and can become overwhelming.
- Don’t use static images, because they don’t scale well and it’s hard for users to extract any additional information.
Examples - use of colours