Dashboards must be able to condense a lot of information onto single screen and present it at a glance without sacrificing anything important or compromising clarity. Consequently, they require display media that communicate effectively, despite these conditions. Every section of data on a dashboard should be displayed using the clearest and richest possible means, usually in small amount of space. This requires an available library of display media that have been selected, customized, and sometimes created especially for dashboards, and an understanding of the circumstances in which each medium of display should be applied.
Select the best display medium
An ideal library of dashboard display media
A dashboard must be built using appropriately chosen and designed display media to reach its unique potential for clear and immediate communication. We'll begin this chapter with some basic guidelines for matching your data and message to the right form of display, and then proceed to the heart of the chapter: the description of a full library of display media that are ideal for dashboards.
Clarifying the Vision
Variations in Dashboard Uses and Data
Thirteen Common Mistakes in Dashboard Design
Tapping into the Power of Visual Perception
Eloquence Through Simplicity
Effective Dashboard Display Media
Designing Dashboards for Usability
Putting It All Together