Hello, we continue with the openSAP course and this week we are taught how to create stories and practical improvements in our designs. From a simple example, through tables, page layouts, map graphics and linked analysis.
It’s true that they don’t go in depth in each of the videos, but they do give us ideas and in a simple way you can see how you can evolve your stories.
Shall we continue?
They start with the explanation that the «story» is the main axis in SAC and what types we can create, Resposive Page, Canvas Page and Grid, how and when to use each type.
They also follow up on the menu, the Builder Panel and Styling Panel, explaining some important concepts. Finally, the different collaboration options, comments on graphics, how to share stories with other users.
In this post, What is a story ?, I give you more details.
We continue with explanations of the different types of graphs and an explanation of how to use them.
It’s an interesting video and in case you need more help I leave you the post where I explain: How to choose the visual element?
In all projects we will surely need to include a table to be able to track data or for planning, in the video we can see how to improve the visual aspect of the table and how to create calculated ratios and formulas. As I said, they do not go into much detail, but they do give us ideas.
If we want our stories to impact the user, a good way is, whenever possible, to include a map. If we have the latitude or longitude we will reach a very large level of detail, but if we have the country or region we can present a map. In this video they explain it very well and the different types of maps that we can use.
For me, this is the video that I liked the most and it teaches us in an easy way how to present a report, with different types of pages, such as A4, A3, letter, having headers and page foot. Important how to use «Sections» so that the user can see the information better. I recommend watching this video.
Linked analysis and input controls
In all stories we must have data filters or as if by «clicking» on a data, the other graphs or tables are filtered. In the video, we can see the different filters, history, page and widget. Filters in dimensions or ratios, advanced. How to configure the linked analyses and how to save all these filters in a «Bookmarks» that we can make personal or share for the rest of the team.
Design best practices
Finally, they explain the best practices when we start making our stories, we can see how to create a style or apply the same style for the whole story, optimization of the story, present on different types of devices, take advantage of dynamic text, etc.
It’s a good way to end the second week.
I hope you find it useful