Independent Educator and Consultant
Practical Reporting Inc.
Is it OK to put filters on dashboards? Should all dashboards “tell a story”? Does everything need to fit on one screen? Experts have been arguing over these and many other dashboard design best practice questions for years. Much of this controversy, however, arises from the fact that most people are unaware that they use “dashboard” to refer to at least 13 fundamentally different types of information displays. By identifying these 13 display types and the different design best practices that apply to each, we can move past many of the controversies and quickly learn how to design dashboards that enable users to get answers to a wide variety of data-related questions far more rapidly and easily.