10 Dashboard tips when designing for mobile devices

While you may be able to use multiple tables and charts to tell a story on a computer screen, creating reports that your employees and customers can view on their smartphone or tablet is about singular focus and legibility.

Here are ten tips to design better mobile-friendly reports:
  1. Use landscape orientation - Landscape orientation provides the best aspect ratio for viewing reports.
  2. Minimize filter options - Filters compete with screen space.
  3. Minimize dimensions - The more ways you measure data, the more cluttered your screen is.
  4. Write clear, succinct table headers - Headers that fill the screen or are too nondescript are equally bad. Be wary of wrapped text.
  5. Have only one table or chart viewable at a time - Multiple tables on a screen reduce the size of each and impacts legibility.
  6. Save deeper analysis for the computer - A bigger screen is waiting for your user somewhere; allow the user to leverage it.
  7. Control the legend - A bar or line chart with more than 5 entries in its legend loses its value.
  8. Prioritize reporting over causality - Focus on presenting data over helping the user make cause and effect connections.
  9. Include a dashboard summary - Providing the user with an indication of what they are looking at, where the data came from, and why it is important will improve comprehension.
  10. Include contact information - Give your users someone to reach out to if they have any questions on the table or chart.
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