Interaction Design Foundation, a site that provides open education materials made by leaders in the design space, has provided a great article on the dashboard design. The article is taken from a course they offer; Information Visualization: Getting Dashboards Right. Take a look at the article below:
A dashboard is only as effective as the quality of its design; improve the design, increase the viewing experience.
When deciding on which types of display media to use in a dashboard, the designer must answer three essential questions:
- How big is the display?
- Who are the intended users/viewers?
- Which display method communicates with the most clarity and without sacrificing meaningfulness?
There are times when these variables constrain the designer to the extent that the dashboard has to be customized to ensure the substance of raw data is not lost in translation, i.e. during the conversion from sets of qualitative and quantitative data to visual representations. Whilst the answers to the first two questions are usually quite apparent, or accessible through simple consultation, selecting the most appropriate display media requires careful thought and planning.
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