Modern dashboard designs are all the rage right now. The design layout and functionality often take concepts from web design and mobile application user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design.
A quick Google, Pinterest, or Dribbble search will bring up a ton of gorgeous layouts with smooth interactivity and interfaces.
Image from Dribbble
Recently, I created a dashboard using Tableau’s Superstore data set to show students in the MBA course I’m teaching at Temple University how to create some advanced dashboard techniques. During the development of that dashboard, I utilized a side panel to focus a variety of small summary graphs. The side panel is just a simple shape created in PowerPoint using a gradient color fill with two custom buttons with a similar shape and the same gradient.
The above dashboard, actually has a…
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