dashboards: ux ui design

Dashboard design is a page (usually part of an intranet- a portal not customer facing) that gives a high level overview of a lot of information. Dashboards can also be used as a sort of launch pad that gives a ton of links and access to the rest of the site, and therefore both static and interactive infographics are commonly used within dashboard design. Basically a dashboard’s intent is to be a place where you can see everything at a glance and offers links/interactions to dig into more details.

A Guide to Creating Dashboards People Love to Use
This is a PDF document.

“This document approaches dashboard design in a holistic way, beginning with general goals and evolving to specific data presentation. Part 1: Foundation helps you identify your target audience, understand what type of dashboard you want to create and why it is valuable to your organization. It concludes guidance regarding how to focus your message on the information and metrics that matter. Part 2: Structure helps you start on designing your dashboard, including what form it should take, how to design for audience understanding, and what navigation, interactions, and capabilities will make your dashboard useful and engaging. Finally, Part 3: Information Design dives into the details of interface and information design. You will learn how to lay out your dashboard and best practices for charting and data presentation.”

Designing and Building Great Dashboards - 6 Golden Rules to Successful Dashboard Design
“The idea of these posts is to introduce some high-level best practices when designing, building and implementing dashboards for your business. Much of what is discussed here is common sense and has been covered by other authors and commentators, however, I thought it would be useful to distill all the good information out there into an easy to follow series of articles that step through the most important elements of successful dashboard design.” High-level is a term used with business majors that typically means the overall idea or concept.

10 simple tips for designing better dashboards
This blog site goes over simple rules that help in the thought process for designing dashboards. They are as follows: Clear and consistent naming conventions, consistent color schemes, consistent display icons, appropriate time frames, consistent date formatting, truncate large values, use menus and filters to simplify complex data sets, device-specific design (optimize designing), and know your audience.

Dashboard Design: 10 Tips to Design User-Friendly Dashboards

This blog site covers 10 tips when designing a dashboard. They are as follows: Know your key performance indicators (KPIs), keep everything light, clean, and simple, use colors to alert and notify users, don’t reinvent the web design wheel, design for your most popular platform, poll your audience to learn their needs, fewer options is almost always better, let your users sort, filter, and organize, break long tasks into short, simple steps, provide constant help and feedback, and learn more about UI and dashboard design.

9 UI Design Patterns You Should Know
This blog site goes over nine UI design patterns you should know. They are as follows: Breadcrumbs, top menu and search, easy registration, primary actions, search parameters, required fields, Step-by-Step (Progression Bar), your vs. my, and hover controls.