Nowadays, every industry generates a great deal of data. In order to make the most of these data, it is essential to analyze them. Granted that these data set are well-organized so that it is possible to make the most of them.
The intended target of creating a dashboard is to ease decision making in order to better drive your business. To make it efficient, it is important to understand your data set, and to know what you want to analyze.
The great question you have to ask yourself to stay focused and not to end with a white elephant is: what information do I want to convey and to what kind of user am I speaking? The moment you know exactly what your guiding principle is, everything will be obvious when creating your dashboard.
The choice of indicators is also important as they have to be consistent amongst themselves, in order to bring relevant information and allow to have a fast and efficient evaluation of the situation. It is necessary not to overload your dashboard with pointless information, it would make it illegible and interlocutor would be lost. It is crucial to focus on the essential. You must be able to evaluate your business situation and analyze it in a glance.
With Powerslide, you will be able to create stunning interactive and design dashboards, as it combines a powerful data visualization solution and a presentation tool.
Dashboards in Powerslide
To start designing your dashboard, you first have to upload your data, what can be made in just two clicks.
It is then enough to drag and drop a field on another one to create your charts. Powerslide will offer you the most suitable visualization according to the dropped data. It is in fact important to choose the representation that best captures the information. The example below precisely illustrates this: when creating the chart that relates to the breakdown of sales by product, Powerslide suggested a bar chart instead of a pie chart. Indeed, we can see what are the best-selling products on the bar chart in a glance, what we cannot do on the pie chart.
Please note that in Powerslide, you can entirely customize your charts, which grants you a great deal of freedom in design. In the example above, I chose a pastel palette and the font for my title is Montserrat.
To build on dashboards design aspect, I would say that it is a point not to be overlooked. You must give your collaborators the desire to use, exploit and view your dashboard. That is why it has to be lovely and attractive.
In Powerslide, you can create your own color palette by picking the colors you want or by using your graphic chart. The presentation editor will allow you to insert texts, shapes and pictures by drag and drop, and to shape them very easily.
A tip for the fonts: if you want to have a modern and refined font, opt for a sans serif font, such as Lato or Montserrat.
You can find an example of an interactive dashboard made with Powerslide hereunder. Don't hesitate over applying filters by clicking on the charts, they are interactive.
I will end this article by telling you that the most effective dashboards are the simplest.