Dashboard Design Workshop
This website describes the general outline of the workshop as it was anounced. Detailed instructions for instructors are found here.
This workshop aims to help you with the design of dashboards using a set of dashboard design patterns. The workshop will be held online and has synchronous and asynchronous parts. As part of our research, we aim to understand design principles for dashboard design and how our design patterns can support this design process through: ideation, reflection, and analysis.
If you have any specific questions, please get in touch with Benjamin Bach.
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What this workshop will help you with:
- Learn about design guidelines for dashboard design.
- Design your own dashboard(s) in the form of visual mockups and sketches.
- Understand design decisions and tradeoffs.
- Make deliberate design decisions and reflect on these choices.
- Use state-of-the-art tools for mockups and design sketches (e.g., Figma, Miro).
- Discuss your designs with peers and learn from others.
What this workshop will not provide:
- An introduction to Tableau, Power BI, or similar tools.
- A workshop on programming visualizations, e.g., using d3.js or other libraries.
- An opportunity to obtain a certificate in dashboard design.
The workshop does not require any specific skills, but does require you have an idea for some sort of project:
- Some data/topic that you want to design a dashboard for. This can be data you have full access to, or data you are planning to collect. It can include any data you are interested in, e.g., public data, data from your research, personal data, etc.
- Some context for the dashboard, including:
- Who is this dashboard for?
- How does the dashboard support people?
- Where do people see (and potentially interact) with the dashboard?
- Depending on the size of the project, a dedicated amount of time during the weeks to work on your designs, to obtain feedback, and discuss with others. We suggest at least 2hrs in addition to the check-in sessions (see below).
Schedule and outline
The workshop runs during two weeks in March 2022. The workshop has 3 distinct stages, outlined below.
We have three general check-ins where we encourage everone to attend. In between these general check-ins, you can work on your dashboard designs at your own pace and check in with us on demand (see below).
- March 15 (Tue), 9am-12pm Kickoff: This session will
- Introduce the workshop and organizers.
- Introduce the the dashboard design patterns.
- Run two activities to help you kickstart your dashboard design process.
- Introduce the means used for asynchoronous discussion.
- March 17 (Thu), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 18 (Fri), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 21 (Mon) 10-11am: Drop-in session
- March 22 (Tue), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 23 (Wed), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 24 (Thu), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 25 (Fri), 1-2pm: Drop-in session
- March 25 (Fri) 3-4pm: Debrief
- March 29 (Tue), 1-2pm: Extra Drop-in session
To help you with your designs asynchronously, we provide three means of communication:
The workshop is limited to 12 people so that we can guarantee useful discussions and a good level of engagement. There are no fees attached to your participation.
To sign up, please complete this short questionnaire and tell us about yourself (2min): https://forms.gle/dc6y9fEbzV2CAhqE6.