Can users find Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) right away?
Is there a planned sequence to the flow of information?
Are like elements designed consistently and grouped together?
Studies prove that we approach information in a familiar pattern, moving left to right and top to bottom. For dashboard designers, that means the upper left corner should house the most important information, with critical components flowing in order of proximity.
Use Your Head
- Make sure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the dashboard are located in the top left corner.
- Group like displays of information together to speed readability, such as grids in one area and charts in another.
- Place non-essential items like dashboard names, company logos and instructional text where they are visible to users, but don’t detract from prominent areas of the screen.
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