During the next few months I’ll be writing a new edition of my book Information Dashboard Design. When I wrote the first edition, which was published in 2006, I could not find any examples of well-designed dashboards to include in the book. The few that do appear in it, I created myself to illustrate best practices. Also at the time, no software existed that could easily support all of the dashboard design practices that I taught in the book. Today, several products can be used to create well-designed dashboards and fine examples can now be found on the Web.
I’ll be adding a great deal of content to the second edition of the book, including a number of well-designed dashboards. I don’t want to limit my search for examples to those that can be found on the Web, however. You can help me with this. If you’ve created one or more dashboards that in your opinion are well designed, I’d love to see them. Your work could be featured in the book.
To be clear, I define a dashboard as a computer-based display of information that is used to monitor what’s going on. It is not a display that people use to explore and analyze data. The assumption is that an identified set of information must be monitored to do a particular job and the dashboard displays it in a way that can be used to rapidly update one’s situation awareness on a frequent basis (e.g., daily or perhaps more frequently, such as in real time).
If you have a dashboard to share, please send me a high-resolution screen print of it in the form of an image file (jpg, png, tiff, bmp, pdf, eps, etc.). You’re welcome to provide a description of the dashboard and its use as well. If I need any more information from you, I’ll email you to ask. Please keep in mind that by sending me an example, you are granting me permission to display it on this website and in my book. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re an expert dashboard designer, but can’t share any of the work that you’ve created for publication, I’ll be announcing another opportunity next week that might interest you. A few years ago I judged a dashboard design competition for DM Review magazine. I included several examples of submissions by contestants in the first edition of Information Dashboard Design. I provided contestants with information for a sales dashboard in an Excel file and they were allowed to use whatever tool they had to design a dashboard to display it. Reviewing several examples of dashboards that were all designed for the same purpose and based on the same data turned out to be informative. So much so, I’m going to do this again to generate examples that I’ll include in the book’s second edition. This time the content won’t involve sales. I’m currently in the process of putting the pieces in place for the competition, which I’ll announce in a few days. Stay tuned.