Effective Dashboard Design: Why Your Baby Is Ugly (Big Design Conference 2010)

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[Note: This version was presented at the Big Design Conference on May 29, 2010]

As enterprises and other organizations look to sift through and make sense of the all the structured and unstructured data available to them, dashboards are being positioned as the solution to their problems. However, a dashboard needs special attention to the visual design or the dashboard will fail to meet expectations. If not carefully designed, a new dashboard can leave consumers unsatisfied, frustrated, confused, and even overwhelmed.

Aaron Hursman will share his experiences designing effective dashboards that deliver on the promise of targeted, accessible, and actionable information. He will discuss examples from both his personal work and contributions of thought-leaders in this space. Through these examples, he will present practical dashboard design techniques. He will also present effective approaches to take during design and construction. Finally, Aaron will explain the challenges and obstacles that dashboard designers face today, and how to mitigate the risks that result.

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Effective Dashboard Design: Why Your Baby Is Ugly (Big Design Conference 2010)

  1. 1. EFFECTIVE DASHBOARD DESIGN why your baby is ugly
  2. 2. hello! my name is aaron. i live in dallas. i do user EXPERIENCE. i work @RACETOWIN. 2
  3. 3. #whybabyisugly @hursman 3 http://twittericonfactory.com/icon/2758
  4. 4. “ A dashboard ismost display of the a visual important information needed to achieve one or more objectives, consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance. 4
  5. 5. CREDIT: MICROCHARTS FROM BUENA VISTA SYSTEMS
  6. 6. supercute DESIGN TECHNIQUES 6
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  19. 19. CREDIT: MICROCHARTS FROM BUENA VISTA SYSTEMS 19
  20. 20. CREDIT: MICROCHARTS FROM BUENA VISTA SYSTEMS 20
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  26. 26. UGLY BABIES 28
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  34. 34. TRY AGAIN?? 37
  35. 35. CREDIT: STEPHEN FEW, PERCEPTUAL EDGE 38
  36. 36. 39 CREDIT: MICROCHARTS FROM BUENA VISTA SYSTEMS
  37. 37. CREDIT: MICROCHARTS FROM BUENA VISTA SYSTEMS 40
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  40. 40. NAVIGATION? 43 http://static.simpledesktops.com/photo/2010/03/31/trailerscar.png
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  43. 43. THE MATRIX 46 http://bit.ly/9aaY6I
  44. 44. THE MATRIX Daily Monthly Quarterly Yearly Executives    District Managers    Store Managers   47 http://bit.ly/9aaY6I
  45. 45. THE MATRIX Executives Monthly Quarterly Yearly District Mgr Daily Monthly Quarterly Store Mgr Daily Monthly 48 http://bit.ly/9aaY6I
  46. 46. CHALLENGES 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24196692@N04/2304407022/sizes/l/
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  53. 53. MICROSOFT PORTALS MOBILE CUSTOM APPS Business intel BUSINESS MGMT ORG CHNG MGMT #sskittles 56
  54. 54. thx @hursman 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickeyd600/3733532688/
  55. 55. RESOURCES 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nzdave/486742731/
  56. 56. Aaron Hursman Dashboard Spy http://aaron.hursman.com http://dashboardspy.com/ Slalom Consulting Dashboards by Example http://slalom.com http://tinyurl.com/6kktla Perceptual Edge (Stephen Few) Many Eyes http://www.perceptualedge.com/ http://tr.im/RU0s Edward Tufte Tableau Software http://www.edwardtufte.com/ http://tr.im/RTZY BonaVista (MicroCharts) Junk Charts http://www.bonavistasystems.com/ http://tr.im/RU05 Juice Analytics Bad Charts & Dashboards http://juiceanalytics.com/ http://tr.im/RU0h Jorge Camoes Charts Dundas Data Visualization http://charts.jorgecamoes.com/ http://dundas.com/ 59

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