Here’s a nice overview presentation of effective dashboard design. The presentation does a good job of going over the do’s and don’ts and also provides a few good resources. The author follows a fairly minimalist approach to dashboard design, but with an edge of practicality.
Some key points:
- Highlight exceptions only
- Go easy on the eye candy
- It’s okay to deviate from a best practice, but only in rare instances
- Packaged dashboard solutions rarely meet all of your needs.