You have the traditional data dashboards, and then you have, well those that try to push the visual envelope. "Global Spirometry" [http://globalspirometry.com/] combines real-time data retrieved from Yahoo Finance, Twitter, and the relevant news stories from the New York Times, in a single (and admittedly, still buggy... but) funky interface.
Developed communication designer Philipp Oehrlein, the dashboard provides access to the actual performance and background information of about 45 different indices and 8300 stocks. The Index Screen summarizes an index to its historical performance of the last 200 days. The Stock Screen combines the historical price with the article search API of the New York Times to deliver relevant news about the company during the 10 highest stock-price changes.