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How to Design a Dashboard

Written by: Matt David
Reviewed by: Tim Miller

Dashboards enable people to make decisions based on data. This book walks you through the process of defining, prototyping, building, and deploying a dashboard. The focus of the book is to help people make dashboards that get used to make decisions.

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  • Introduction 

    Dashboards help organizations make data driven decisions. Learn how to apply design thinking to creating useful dashboards.

  • What is a Dashboard? 

    Learn what dashboards are and why they are important to making decisions. Dashboards have a long history for supporting decision making.

  • What Makes a Great Dashboard (ACES) 

    Learn the best practices behind dashboard design to support decision making. Accuracy, Clarity, Empowerment, and being Succinct.

  • Dashboard Design Process 

    See how design thinking principals map to dashboard design. Define, Prototype, Build, and Deploy Dashboards.


  • Identifying Key Roles 

    Learn the key stakeholders for a dashboard design process. Learn how to work with Designers, Developers, and your audience.

  • Determine the Metrics to Monitor 

    Define what metrics actually matter to business professionals. Use customer development techniques to determine the best metrics.


  • Finding the Data That Builds Metrics 

    Learn to collaborate with your data team to discover what data can be used within a dashboard. Use SQL to find and assess columns to use.

  • Build the Metrics 

    Use SQL to query the database to get the data behind the metrics people want to see. Use our template to quickly build accurate queries. Learn more.


  • Conclusion 

    To create a Dashboard you need to define stakeholders and metrics, prototype designs, use SQL and a BI tool, and finally share it with the company.

  • Design a Dashboard Example 

    Example of how applying design thinking improves dashboard design