Dashboard design trends


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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...

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Dashboard design trends

  1. 1. By: Shilpi Choudhury Dashboard Design Trends
  2. 2. 2 Then…
  3. 3. 3 Now, thanks to technology, information has become more accessible.
  4. 4. 4 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
  5. 5. is emerging into a holistic decision making tool 5 The information dashboard providing users with key insights into their performance metrics
  6. 6. 6 Here’s our list of design trends that are determining the look and feel of the modern day dashboards
  7. 7. 7 Responsive Layout 1 Metro Layout 2 Interactive Feature 3 Sparklines 4 Trendlines & Progress Bar 5 Labeled Icons 6 Real-time Updates 7 Alerts 8 Location Aware 9 Broader Color Palette 10
  8. 8. 8 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. Responsive Layout 1
  9. 9. 9 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. Metro Layout 2
  10. 10. 10 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. Interactive Features 3
  11. 11. 11 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. Sparklines 4
  12. 12. 12 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. Trendlines & Progress Bars 5
  13. 13. 13 A small icon followed by a 1-2 word description ensures that new users are not left guessing. Labeled Icons 6
  14. 14. 14 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. Real-time Updates 7
  15. 15. 15 Many dashboards allow end users to set up alerts so that they can be notified when a metric reaches a certain threshold value. Alerts 8
  16. 16. 16 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. Location Aware 9
  17. 17. 17 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. Broader Color Palette 10
  18. 18. 18 To Trend or Not To Trend: Mascots? Some find them humorous, some helpful guides while some others think they are distractions
  19. 19. 19 Now over to you. What trends do you see emerge in information dashboard designs?
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