Evolving tastes and preferences of the user along with developments in mobile and web technologies is determining the look and feel of the modern day dashboards. Here are the 10 trends in dashboard design...
Now, thanks to technology,
information has become more accessible.
Source: Data, Discovery, Action , Aberdeen Group, 2013
A study conducted by the
more and more enterprise decision makers,
while performing their tasks in traditional CRM,
ERP and other business applications, are looking for better visibility,
better reporting and quicker access to performance metrics.
Aberdeen Group in 2013 found that
is emerging into a holistic decision making tool
The information dashboard
providing users with key insights into their
Here’s our list of design trends
that are determining the look and feel of the modern day
With smartphones, tablets and the plethora of other mobile devices becoming
mainstream, users need information on the move, ushering in the trend to design
dashboards that are responsive and adapt to the viewing media.
Grid-based layout, good use of whitespace, more dependency on typography and
minimalist graphics of the metro layout ensures that the story is communicated in
a clear and concise manner.
Capabilities like drill down, zooming, directly editable charts and reports that can be
exported in multiple formats are opening up new possibilities of exploring data.
When real estate is an issue, sparklines and other word-sized charts help in providing a
quick sense of historical context without consuming too much space.
Help answer questions like how far is the latest measure from achieving the target, or is
the current measure better when compared to the previous one. Makes the data more
meaningful and relevant for users.
A small icon followed by a 1-2 word description ensures that new users are
not left guessing.
Due to technological developments in both in-stream and ad-hoc processing, it’s much
easier now to get real-time updates on the dashboard directly.
Many dashboards allow end users to set up alerts so that they can be notified when a
metric reaches a certain threshold value.
Popularity of technologies like GPS, RFID and other location-aware wireless devices
have led to the possibility of monitoring location-based metrics. GPS-powered mobile
dashboards will also help prioritize information by geographic proximity.
From shades of gray with a few bright colors as accents to bold and uncommon color
combinations to everything in between, today’s dashboards are seeing skillful use of a
broader color palette.
To Trend or Not To Trend:
Some find them humorous, some helpful guides while some others
think they are distractions
Now over to you.
What trends do you see emerge in
information dashboard designs?
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