Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Dashboarding Dos and Don'ts

Nice summary on dashboard design. It's about an hour, but worth the time.

Dashboarding: The Developers’ Role in Data Analysis

Visual display
the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives
fits entirely on a single screen
so it can be
monitored at a glance.

(Stephen Few)

Categories of dashboard:

  • Strategic (long term decisions)
  • Analytical (immediate decisions, explorable)
  • Operational (immediate decisions)


  1. too big
  2. missing context
  3. excessive detail
  4. deficient measure
  5. inappropriate visualization
  6. meaningless variety
  7. poorly design visualization
  8. large lie factor
  9. poor arrangement
  10. bad highlighting
  11. chartjunk
  12. unattractive display


  1. simplicity - reduce non-data pixels (data-ink ratio)
  2. simplicity - reduce data pixels
  3. highlight appropriately (color, position, form, motion)


Information Dashboard Design (Stephen Few)

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (Edward R. Tufte)