Last year I teamed up with an organization to visualize data for their internal leaders.
We decided to focus on the big-picture findings. So, we used empty squares to represent variables that weren’t statistically significant and filled-in squares to represent variables that were.
Want to know our secret to producing the squares? We saved a million hours of time with Webdings. Yes, that crazy-looking font that you discovered back in 1999 and haven’t used since. In Webdings, a lowercase g gives you a filled-in square and a lowercase c gives you an empty square. I’ve used Webdings icons in a few dashboard projects and the results are easy to follow every time.
I made a list of all the shapes that are readily available to you through Webdings, Wingdings 1, Wingdings 2, and Wingdings 3 fonts. I highlighted a few of the most promising icons in yellow--but my favorite is the squares. You can download the spreadsheet for free here.