QlikView is absolutely wonderful. Giving access to data this way deserves standing applause. The enterprises using QlikView gets access to compare, analyze, find relations and display data in a very convenient way.

However, as an information designer I find the lack of typographic control and especially margins frustrating. And to be honest I find it very interesting that this kind of control is missing. For instance, accessing control of the line height in lists (a display object) is very hard to find and is only accessible in certain types of display objects. Very odd.

My thought is if you present information, numbers and letters is a key ingredient for conveying information. Ignoring total control of one of the most key ingredient for displaying information is, well, very odd.

Margins is one of the most important things when designing a page typographically. Setting margins the right way makes a page look great and be very legible. Ignoring margins is the single most effective way of destroying legibility and making things become very ugly and unprofessionally looking.

Margins cannot be set, adjusted or accessed at all in QlikView. Again, very strange. I hope they are thinking that “since the user can move the display object on the page, they can automatically adjust margins.” That is true, but the trend right now when people are making their dashboards (sheets) is to compress them with tiny fonts and no margins AND on top of that borders (lines) surrounding the display object (list/table/chart etc).  Without margins. Sorry, I cannot use odd anymore, that is simply bad design and legibility in my book.

The workaround for a dashboard designer is to remove the borders on everything and place the display objects with good margins individually. But big margins and white space is not appreciated in the current trend of compacting the dashboard.

If QlikTech adds just one typographic feature in the next release of QlikView, I hope it is access to adjusting the margins in List boxes.