The user wants to digest data from mulitple sources at a glance.
Provide real-time insight into the current state of the most important metrics of a system.
Design the dashboard around a single goal and ruthlessly prioritize the data you put into it around that goal.
There are 3 common types of dashboard, each designed for its own specific purpose.
Some types of users might need either one of these kind of dashboards, or even two. When possible, try to separate dashboards into multiple views, each with their own purpose.
Enable users to make instantaneous and informed decisions at a glance by letting them monitor the major functions of a system efficiently. Indicate what items require urgent attention at the top and move less critical statistics to the bottom. A good dashboard is simple, communicates well, has a minimum of distractions, tries not to confuse, and presents information visually so it is easily perceived.
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