Designing Dashboard


Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical information for rapid monitoring, but few are designed to do it effectively. When designed well, instead, dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information efficiently, with exceptional clarity. To do so, though, it is necessary to know how to apply some specific techniques. These skills are not so intuitive as it may seem: they must be learned and practised. Through this course y,ou will discover the common problems encountered when designing dashboards and will learn a comprehensive set of effective design practices through examples that reveal what works, what doesn’t and why.


Managers, consultants, professionals, entrepreneurs and anyone who need to produce or develop clear dashboard, regardless of the tools being used. This is a training about dashboard design, not implementation. It’s not exclusively for dashboard developers, but anyone who has an interest in bringing useful data visualization to life in their organization.


This training is also available as Tailored Training 1:1


Clarifying the vision

  • History of dashboards
  • Example of dashboards from SAP BO, Oracle, Principa, Cognos, Hyperion, etc.
  • What is a dashboard?
  • The purpose of  the dashboard: maintaining situation awareness

Avoiding the 13 common mistakes in dashboard design

  • What are the common design mistakes in designing the dashboard and how to avoid them

Assessing what’s needed

  • Begin with a definition
  • Focusing on goals
  • Getting into people’s heads
  • Asking the right question
  • Identifying information that really matters
  • Identify useful context for measures

Fundamental consideration

  • The six basic features of dashboard design

Understand the power of visual perception

  • The working memory
  • Encoding data for rapid perception: form, colour, size, etc.
  • The Gestalt principles of Visual Perception

Achieving eloquence through simplicity

  • Characteristics of a well-designed dashboard
  • Key goals in the visual design process

Advantages of graphics

  • Selecting the best display medium
  • What can graphics provide that text-based displays cannot?

An ideal library of graphs

  • Bullet graph
  • Bar graphs
  • Dot plots
  • Line graphs
  • Sparklines
  • Box plots
  • Scatter plots
  • Spatial maps
  • Heat maps
  • Three maps
  • Small multiples: combining multiple variable in graphs

Designing graphs

  • Designing bullet graphs
  • Designing Sparklines
  • Other dashboard display media (alert, up/down, on/off)

Critical design practices

  • Selecting the best mean of display for each element of information
  • Best design practices to produce effective dashboards


  • Duration: 2 days (9:30-17:30)
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  • Price information: 1.200 CHF + VAT (1.000 CHF + VAT each for more than one subscriber from the same company)

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