Dashboards often serve to monitor complexity in a workflow-driven interactive environment.


Here are a few observations:

  • Design guidance is informed by usagerequirements and Subject Matter Expert knowledge
  • Conditional threshholds provide trigger points for alarms
  • Dynamic escalation pushes the most critical issues to the top/forefront.
  • Prioritization allows for some scalability in creating a simple front-end for a large & complex realm of indicators,
  • Scenarios (usually provided by Subject Matter Experts) allow you to identify, anticipate, and “pre-package” some of the most critical situations.


“The fewest clicks to satisfaction” resonates in a mission critical environment

What about InfoGraphics?

Eye-catching images-that-convey-data are wonderfully attractive, as well as powerful communicators.  If you’ve got the understanding, the tools, and the talent, then you can make your first impression really sing.


Hone your ability to classify and parse the data which you’re presenting. If you don’t already ‘get it’, then you may want to consult a Subject Matter Expert (SME).


Figure out what the story is. Every infographic has a point – An agenda. Your task is to determine how you are going to re-present it graphically in a way which is convincing.


This is the synthesis of insight and talent. A classic guide is Edward Tufte’s The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

  • Sometimes a bad example can be as informative as a good example. For example: Tufte vs. PowerPoint


some of this on LinkedIn : 10/27/2015 – 03/07/2016 :  160 views, 15 Likes


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