Effective design is crucial for dashboards. A good information design will clearly communicate key information to users and makes supporting information easily accessible.
Dashboards and visualization are cognitive tools that improve your “span of control” over a lot of business data. These tools help people visually identify trends, patterns and anomalies, reason about what they see and help guide them toward effective decisions. As such, these tools need to leverage people’s visual capabilities. With the prevalence of scorecards, dashboards and other visualization tools now widely available for business users to review their data, the issue of visual information design is more important than ever.