An illustration showing a woman pointing at a dashboard with graphs
An illustration showing a woman pointing at a dashboard with graphs

Data visualization has always been a key skill for designers. We visualize simple things like how much we’ve spent on coffee this week or how much closer we are to a weight goal this month. Simple visualizations like these can be inserted as charts for context in other screens, but when the data is more complex, the display often turns into a dashboard. But what exactly is (and maybe more importantly isn’t) a dashboard?

I’ve heard some interesting answers… everything from “any page with charts on it” to “a way for users to build their own UI”. Those are both a bit extreme, but there are some good definitions floating around the internet (as well as more than a few bad ones). …

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Josh Johnson

Design Lead for Operations Software @VMware, Lover of all things web & mobile, Fierce SF Giants Fan, Star Wars Geek, Husband & Father

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