However, my dashboards were nothing more than a couple of these charts thrown together. There wasn't much elegance to them. So, I decided to take some sample data, and create a true best practice dashboard. I struggled for a while, until a colleague told me to check out some of the design's for Steven Few's dashboard contest at http://www.perceptualedge.com/. The dashboard I found is below.
|Student Performance Dashboard|
|Customer Performance Dashboard|
The right side of the dashboard is filled with extra information about the customers, which could be used to find other trends, such as a customer no longer carrying a high-value product, or no longer servicing a particular region. I truly believe that a switch in mind-set from "Tell me X!!!" to "What story does my data want to tell me?" is incredibly valuable to anyone who utilizes these dashboards.
I hope you will comment on my design. Thanks for reading.