Designing Great Dashboards

Function over form. This is the mantra repeated by all great dashboard and report developers, and for good reason. But does this principle mean that form should suffer? And could it be possible to extract function from form? I posit that, in many cases, form is function. In particular, the application of User Experience (UX) principles can enhance the usability of a dashboard and, ultimately, improve the…

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How to Improve a War Board

War boards are commonplace in the modern data-driven business these days. They’re a powerful tool to help spot trends, find anomalies, track progress, and satisfy one’s hunger for numbers. What are war boards? They are the dashboards shown on large screens (often TVs) around a work space. They hang on the wall and, usually, only show high level summary information for at-a-glance insights. The Problem…

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