Dashboard Design for Immediate Insight

by Stephen Few


Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical Business information at a glance, but few do so effectively. Huge investments are made in Information Technology to produce actionable information, only to have it robbed of meaning at the very last stage of the process: the presentation of insights to those responsible for making decisions.
When designed well, Dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information in an instant with exceptional clarity. This can only be achieved, however, by applying visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of Dashboards.
These skills are not intuitive; they must be learned.
Stephen Few, a leader in the field of data visualization, author of the books "Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten" (2004) and "Information Dashboard Design: Beyond Gauges, Meters, and Traffic Lights" will expose the common problems in Dashboard design and introduce effective design practices through examples that explain what works, what doesn't, and why.

The delegates will also receive a copy of the new book "Information Dashboard Design" by Stephen Few.

What you will learn

  • To recognize the common problems in Dashboard design
  • To match your message to the right means of display
  • To avoid clutter and arrange data in a way that communicates clearly and at a glance

Main Topics

  • The current state of Dashboards and why they often fail
  • The definition, purpose, and potential benefits of Dashboards
  • The fundamental challenge of Dashboard Design
  • Thirteen common mistakes in Dashboard Design
  • Characteristics of well-designed Dashboards
  • Steps in the dashboard design process
  • Common dashboard information and techniques for displaying it meaningfully
  • Selecting appropriate media for displaying your data
  • An ideal library of Dashboard display media
  • Visual design objectives and the techniques for achieving them