13 common mistakes in dashboard design

  1. Exceeding the boundaries of a single screen
  2. Supplying inadequate context for the data
  3. Displaying excessive detail or precision Expressing measures indirectly
  4. Choosing inappropriate media of display Introducing meaningless variety
  5. Using poorly designed display media
  6. Encoding quantitative data inaccurately
  7. Arranging the data poorly
  8. Ineffectively highlighting what’s important
  9. Cluttering the screen with useless decoration
  10. Misusing or overusing color
  11. Designing an unappealing visual display

From Stephen Few: Common pitfalls in Dashboard Design (PDF)

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