Let’s look at a brief introduction to these rules:
- Design for a target
Simple, but underestimated: don’t lose sight of your goals and target users, otherwise you will fill the dashboard with too much useless information.
- Keep everything at a glance
What if your car dashboard contained scrollbars? Ouch. A good dashboard must show all relevant information without the need for touch, scrolling, or clicks.
- Keep it simple
Complexity could come across as sophistication, but in reality it is just an obstacle between your dashboard and the end users.
- Align elements
Who wants to design amateurish stuff? Ok, let’s start by aligning elements.
- Be consistent
Is repetition boring? Not really.
- Highlight the most relevant information
Your dashboard is like a page of a magazine: each location has its meaning and a different level of importance. Don’t place charts at random.
- Be clear
Acronyms are bad. Legends are good.
- Start from zero
Chart axes must be used consciously. Sometimes we convey the wrong message just by forgetting to pay attention to details.
- Shorten the numbers
Dashboards users want to see the overall picture.
- Show the context
Numbers only carry meaning within their context.
- Choose the right colors
Do you know that about 10% of the population suffers from color blindness?
- Design dashboards, not reports
Remember, not all the details from a table are suitable for a dashboard.
- Show variations
Don’t let users do the math.
- Leave the noise off
Don’t suggest relations that don’t exist.
- Pick the right chart
Each piece of information must be displayed using the right chart in your dashboard, so choose it wisely.
Author of article Daniele Perilli