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How to create an awesome dashboard

How to create an awesome dashboard
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We created many applications and websites with analytics and information panels for user’s convenience. A dashboard is a feature most products need. And from Syndicode’s experience, we are ready to share with you some tips on how to create an awesome dashboard!

One of our recent projects touched the field of predicting data based on gathered information to show possible demand. When we talk about such projects we need to understand that they aimed to define business action in real-time. And all the scope of data should be transformed into something clear and easy-to-understand. How to visualize the big amount of data to make it pretty and obvious?

For such purpose we use dashboards. A dashboard is a user interface that displays the status of a variety of metrics. Its goal is to allow users to make smarter decisions about what to do in the future based off of what we know about what‘s happened so far.

Don’t forget that in this case, a dashboard is a tool you use to drive your business. So,

How to create an awesome dashboard?

Our designers in Syndicode can give you some advice:

  1. User research

    We talk about this almost in every article. Simply because you cannot be sure that your design is great if you don’t know your users. A dashboard is a product somebody uses to do their job better!
    In order to help someone make decisions with a dashboard, you have to know what their decision-making process looks like. From there, you can determine what data is worth investigating, what is worth visualizing, and the relative importance of each item worth visualizing. How your users plan to interact with the dashboard is also matters.

  2. Visual hierarchy

    The way the information is displayed and organized is as important as the information itself. If dashboards are full of charts, numbers, shapes, and other forms of information it’s important to set a visual hierarchy. By creating a logical organization of information through the hierarchy, dashboards can help users quickly move from the question, to answer, for further investigation.
    The pyramid way of organizing dashboards could help. At the top of the dashboard are the few high-level takeaways, and as you scroll down details become more granular.

  3. Show less

    If something requires a large investment of time — or looks like it will — it’s less likely to be used. Narrow down what information is necessary and stick to that. If you overload users with information, you make their decision-making process harder.

  4. Choose the right visualization technique

    Using the right visualization at the right time makes for better decisions, using the wrong visualization leads to confusion. Pie charts are not the cure. There are many more different ways to show your data.

  5. Colors and forms

    Be patience about what colors you use and keep the same style through the whole dashboard. Different data should be recognizable and visible but too much of color leads to a mess in your chart “masterpiece”. The word “balance” perfectly describes what should be maintained in your product design.

Now you know the tips. Our previous article about data visualization will help you to understand some basic techniques to present the data for the tip number four. However, you can always ask Syndicode about dashboards and we will do our best to create an awesome design for you!

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