Anatomy of a Dashboard

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Anatomy of a Dashboard

Dashboards are not all created equally. An effective dashboard is a clearly communicated collection of stats, charts, and data that provide actionable insights. A quality dashboard informs and directs the actions of an organization to bring about a positive impact!
 
A well-constructed dashboard should provide balanced levels of detail. The layout should be streamlined and uncluttered.
 
It helps the user process information if the dashboard prominently displays the information of least detail (such as totals) at the left or top. Greater detail should appear in the right or lower sections of the dashboard.
 
Color should be applied consistently throughout and add meaning to the analysis. Use of bold colors can be used for emphasis. Legends define the meaning of each color.
 
Text, such as titles and labels, should be used sparingly and carefully to provide context and understanding without unnecessary clutter.
 
Filters allow users to engage with the data and control the amount of data shown in the dashboard.
The concept of “drilling” can be used to expose greater detail for a specific mark.
 
Robin Sturgis

Robin Sturgis

CEO and Founder of infoFluency

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