Thoughts on
Dashboard Design


Presenting data and focusing on design when creating a dashboard seems easy enough, but there are some simple things you can do to make the message clearer and quicker for the user to understand.


Organise the dashboard
White space is your friend
Use colour wisely
Typography
Use the right chart


Organise the dashboard

Users look first for information on the top and left, then down the left side, but the bottom and right may not be noticed at all.


White space is your friend

Maximising slide real estate also means creating places for the eye to “rest” so that the non-white space has more impact. When we don’t have sufficient spacing, everything runs together and we can’t see what is most important.


Use colour wisely

Colour draws your eye to what is important and ties together similar things. Increase the brightness and maximise contrast to attract attention and make a point seem more important. Use flat colours, not gradients, it makes the scale clearer.


Typography

The key is for your message to be easy to read and understand. More is not always better when selecting a set of fonts. Use readable labels and don’t repeat yourself. It’s not necessary to have both a legend and a title for single series charts.


Use the right chart

There are two major types of data:


Bar chart: to show categorical data


Line chart: to show trends over time


Scatter plot: to show relationships


Pie Chart: to show proportions of a whole


Tables: Use when:

 

Photo by: Matthew Henry

 


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September 20, 2018

Bitnami