The Dashboard Wireframe Kit is a low-tech tool used to wireframe analytics dashboards. The kit is a proven and tested means of rapidly wireframing dashboards to align your data with the needs of the business, meet user goals, and achieve actionable outcomes. It doesn't matter if you aren't a data pro, you can quickly layout a dashboard in 10 minutes with KPIs, charts, and filters that help you tell a story with your data. By using the kit and the Dashboard Design Process, you'll create a dashboard with clear next steps, designed with a specific user in mind that answer the questions you want to answer. Watch the video to see the kit in action.
The Dashboard Wireframe Kit is designed to be used as part of the Wireframe Process. It comes with a board and decks of 54 cards for charts and graphs, with additional cards for filters and KPIs. The board is clearly labeled with best practices to help you wireframe a dashboard that answers the key questions you have about your business.
Chart & Graph Cards
Select chart cards based on the questions, what the user needs to see, and KPIs. The chart cards outline standard uses and have recommendations on which cards to use, based on your questions. The chart cards have the chart on one side and meta content (questions and resultant action) on the other. Note user action and color changed based on chart information.
KPI & Filter Cards
Select KPI cards that match the metrics outlined. Note title, charts referenced, color change threshold, and how the metric connects with your story.
Select filter cards that support the key questions the dashboard is answering. A wide variety is desired so that your users can effectively drill down into the data; note whether the filter should affect the KPIs.
Lay out completed KPIs, Chart, and Filter cards on the Dashboard Wireframe Kit board. Using a dry erase marker, users can write directly on the cards (and wipe clean later for reuse). Take photos of both the description and title side of the cards to share with the development team.
To learn more about laying out a dashboard, please see Enterprise Dashboard Layout: Keeping it Simple.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of how to layout the enterprise dashboard. Our dashboard template is based on the solid foundation hundreds of real-world operational dashboards. It provides the canvas to tell stories with your data.
There’s not much point seeing data if you can act on it when you need to. That action needs to be clear and intuitive. By associating an action with each chart the potential to change behavior is much increased.
By having a questions-first approach, rather than flooding the dashboard with data, you ensure that you’re creating an asset with true business value – it’s part of the design process. Priority is given to solving business problems and answering questions.
The important part of your dashboard is the information that you learn and action on – not the technology you’re using. That’s why we’ve made sure the outputs of the process can be easily replicated in all the main dashboard tools including Tableau, Qlik and Power BI.