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10 rules for better dashboard design

uxplanet.org

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A dashboard is an at-glance preview of the most crucial information for the user at the moment he is looking at it, and an easy way to navigate directly to various areas of the application that require the user's attention.

The term “dashboard” is a metaphor for a car dashboard, s...

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The dashboard has a specific purpose that it’s undertaken to serve. Getting this wrong renders your further efforts meaningless.

  • Operational dashboards: The main goals of it are to present data deviations to the user quickly and clearly, show current resources, and dis...

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Choosing the wrong chart type, or defaulting to the most common type of data visualization could confuse users or lead to data misinterpretation.

To help you choose the right representation type for the chart, ask yourself these questions:

  • How many variables do you want to sh...

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As the main goal of the dashboard is to get the message across at a glance, every little thing counts. 

The biggest benefit of using a clear framework is data consistency. If your data is named the same way in each tool, it will be easier for you to use those tools. On...

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Grids can help you to achieve effective alignment and consistency with little effort and create a basic structure or a skeleton for your design. They consist of “invisible” lines upon which your design elements can be placed. 

Doing so ties them together in an overall ...

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Cards are easy to arrange. The most important thing about cards is that they are almost infinitely manipulatable. They are a good choice for responsive design since cards act as content containers that easily scale up or down.

An important characteristic of cards is...

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White space, also known as negative space, is the area between elements in a design composition. Readers aren’t usually aware of the importance of the negative space, but designers pay a lot of attention to it.

If the white space is not balanced, a copy will be hard to rea...

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Designing long scrollable dashboards is one of the most frequent mistakes designers make. They try to display more information in a clear way, positioning it one under another in order to avoid overwhelming the user. 

As a result, only the information visible above the...

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Personalization and customization are techniques that can help you ensure that users see what matters to them.

  • Personalization is done by the system itself. The system should be set to identify users and deliver to them the content, experience, or functionality that ma...

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A data table is a great solution when you need to show a lot of information for a large number of items

There are many other benefits — it’s a great use of space, offers easy scalability, easier development, and users are typically comfortable working with grids as m...

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A dashboard is a summary view of everything else and displays key info from various parts of the application. It’s just more practical to design it at the end

Otherwise, you will need to constantly go back and update your dashboard designs while you are working on a...

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