The dashboard is as good as your mobile’s home screen. This is where all the important and frequently used functions need to be.
Often expected to provide a global overview of the platform, this interface often becomes the goto touchpoint for most users.
Honestly, Data = Dashboard.
A dashboard helps provide real-time summarised data representation.
Thus, if you think your decisions are data-driven, an efficient dashboard design can help you reach newer heights. A well-optimised interface displays relevant and actionable data. This keeps data easily accessible and, minimises users’ cognitive load and time spent figuring out ‘which function is where’.
Evaluate all data points
The dashboard is the last element to be designed. A designer takes a holistic view of the entire platform and then builds a dashboard with the most important data points.
At this stage, if we find a data point missing or other modifications, we take a call accordingly. Data points are important for user decision making.
Structure them based on priority
Based on uses like weekly or daily tasks, data points are organised in the most important to the least important order.
Group them on decision
With the priority-based representation completing, we start to arrange them as per decisions, which are crucial or which can be postponed.
The art of streamlining visual elements and putting it together is called dashboard design. The final step is the most important step in the design process.
With a few recruited users we will test the dashboard to check if users are able to connect to the decisions and the tasks the dashboard is motivating them to do.
The dashboard is launched and monitored for further bugs.
At its simplest, a dashboard is a screen in the application that displays information. Normally, a dashboard provides the user a global overview, with access to the most important data, functions and controls. In reality, a dashboard often becomes a sort of homepage, especially for power users. As data becomes the new fuel, almost every business becomes significantly dependent on a dashboard. Dashboards are used across industries to provide a real-time representation of data in a summarized format leading to an easier comprehension. A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.
Our Best Practices to design the dashboard are- Define the End Goal of the Dashboard KPI and Result Centric Provide context Prioritize simplicity Use the right type of chart Use interactive elements Always Evolving consistent design language and color scheme intuitive layout Follow design principles — principles of interpretation. Visualize data the right way Don’t measure everything on the same scale High Data-Ink Ratio. Categorize personas into roles Acknowledge the limitations Create hierarchies