How to Design a Dashboard
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.
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.
Find the Best Visualizations for Your Metrics
Decide what chart works best for your visualization based on if you want to show composition, relationship, distribution or comparison.
Arranging Your Charts as a Dashboard
Maximize understanding of a dashboard by arranging data visualizations intelligently. Learn common design patterns to improve readability.
Dashboard Prototyping and Feedback
Learn techniques to prototype your dashboard and iterate. See examples of prototyped dashboards and download dashboard templates.
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.
Sharing the Dashboard – Distribution Strategies
Learn the best practices and common pitfalls of sharing out dashboards. Distributing your dashboard is critical to it being useful.
Successful dashboards get used a lot so they need to be built to scale. Learn to share dashboards in a scalable way.
Making Sure Your Dashboard Always Gets Better
Use feedback loops from your audience to keep iterating on dashboards you create. Learn to improve it's usability and performance.