What makes a truly great dashboard? It’s a surprisingly tricky question, as exceptional dashboard design is much easier to recognize than it is to describe. It’s not just a matter of having visually pleasing charts and graphs to work with, and important-looking numbers organized in tidy boxes. It’s a matter of the right data sets being presented in a seamless, instantly graspable manner.
And here’s the kicker: A dashboard design that works perfectly for a marketing team is often a frustrating, unintuitive one for a web-traffic analysis team. To a casual observer, these two dashboards may even look virtually identical. Seemingly tiny tweaks to what data is shown and how it is presented can make all the difference between a great dashboard and an infuriating one.
Creating a great dashboard is a matter of understanding a handful of fundamental concepts, and then applying them to the specific needs of your specific team’s goals. It’s easier than you may think. Continue reading “The 5 Principles of Great Dashboard Design”