Five Steps to Eradicating Boredom and Eliminating Data Overload
At first sight, designing a dashboard looks easy. Just select some charts and graphs from the library, adjust their settings, add some filters, apply some stats and you are ready to distribute information to all your decision makers. But that begs a few questions. Will it really encourage users to make the most of their data? Will it be enough to motivate them to and new insights? Will it help them to make smarter decisions?
Too much clutter, too many complicated features and not enough context for the data are the most common failings that render dashboards a burden rather than a source of inspiration and insight. Follow a few simple steps, using what I call the ‘dashboard funnel’ as shown in below and you will turn out convincing dashboards that drive effective decision-making every time.
The dashboard funnel provides a relatively straightforward model to follow. Its beauty is that it applies to all kinds of dashboards and can be used to help developers design and optimize dash- board applications. Pay attention to the funnel, if you want your business users to make the most out of your data.
The five stages of the funnel focus on the user and the theoretical journey they will be taking from the moment of getting in touch with the data to the point where decision-making is required.
I’d encourage to read more about this topic in my latest eBook Five Steps to Compelling Dashboard Design.