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One dashboard size does not fit all

Answered =>”What are the best Dashboard designs, and why?” on Quora.

=> My answer…

I have read the question and understand it asks for examples. However, perhaps this question – at least for some who might follow it – jumps the gun a bit? Pardon me, I hope you don’t mind but I’d like to step back for a second and offer the classic Quora answer prefix, “It depends…”

And what it depends on is the audience the dashboard is being designed for. What’s cluttered for a C Level decision maker might be a minimalist wasteland for an air-traffic controler, or a teenage video game addict. See? Some might need at 50,000 feet graphs while others require hard numbers, etc. Some might prefer tabs while others are more productive with scrolling. And of course, let’s not forget access via small-screen devices and how that possibly impacts consumption and useability.

My point is, the question, as well as the answer thus far seem to assume OSFA (one size fits all). When developing a UX that’s a pretty dangerous assumption that can often prove to be fatal to the success of the tool that’s on the drawing board.

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