Virtual Seminar

Designing Dashboards: The Do’s, Don’ts, and D’ohs!

February 2012 90 minutes

  • Determine what’s succeeding or failing in your dashboard
  • Learn to look at dashboards in a new light
  • Prevent interaction pitfalls by focusing on tasks
  • Design customizable dashboards that don’t suck
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Dashboards are a great idea. The problem is, many are useless. But you already knew that, which is why you’re interested in this seminar—because Hagan Rivers knows which elements to include, how to structure them, and what to slash out of your existing dashboard that needs some UX TLC.

She’ll show you a bunch of dashboards. And she’ll give you tips for helping stakeholders understand the implementation benefits and drawbacks of seemingly simple components, from graphs to customizable panels.

Designing a new UI? Evolving an existing one? You’ll walk away from this session knowing how to make your dashboard what it needs to be.

  • Determine what’s succeeding or failing in your dashboard

    You’ll get coaching on what dashboard UI components are useful, and which implementation details contribute to a dashboard “FAIL.”

    • Learn from mistakes other people have made
    • Get inspired by great dashboard designs
  • Learn to look at dashboards in a new light

    You’ll learn the difference between “pretty” and “useful.”

    • Prevent common design traps that don’t actually address usability
    • Learn from the mistakes of others’ dashboards to make decisions about your own dashboard UI
    • Examine some great dashboards to get inspired
  • Prevent interaction pitfalls by focusing on tasks

    You’ll dig into the details of core interaction design issues.

    • Understand that good dashboard design is more than just the reporting of information
    • Learn how to delight your users by balancing your presentation of information, a focus on tasks and goals, and quick-access to features
    • Create connections with the rest of your web application
  • Design customizable dashboards that don’t suck

    You’ll weigh user benefits against implementation drawbacks.

    • Learn to analyze whether a customizable dashboard is the right approach for you
    • Understand what having a customizable dashboard buys you and costs you

Whether you’ve got an onerous dashboard on your hands or you’re charged with designing a new one from scratch, then you simply can’t afford to miss Hagan’s practical and information-packed seminar.