Power BI Dashboard Design Video Course

Designing dashboards seems a simple task, thanks to modern BI tools. In reality, designing dashboards that are useful and that people want to use is not so easy. A good dashboard must follow specific rules and design concepts, which this video course aims to teach you.

Here are some goals of the Power BI Dashboard Design Course:

  • It aims to teach you how to design beautiful dashboards that people use every day.
  • It is designed specifically for Microsoft Power BI, but you can learn even if you never used Power BI before.
  • It is a reference guide that you can use later. No software updates will change the concepts that you learn here.
  • It is not just theory, but real examples and comparisons between well-designed and difficult-to-use dashboards.
  • It is not a tutorial on how Power BI works, but you will find some useful references for learning it, if needed.
  • It is not just for designers. Every person who creates dashboards can benefit from it. Even if you are a designer, you will learn usability tips that many of your colleagues usually underestimate.

The course is divided in four parts:

  • The first one explains what is a dashboard (people are usually confused about its exact definition);
  • The second one is a brief introduction to Power BI features, with some resources to start from the scratch;
  • The third one is the most important one, and it includes the 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard;
  • The last one is the chart reference, and you can use it to choose the right charts based on the kind of data you have to display.

The course includes several samples and resources, and additional written material to further explain the topics discussed by the teachers.

The content of this training has been realized by Daniele Perilli.


Power BI Visuals Reference

The last section of the course classifies the visuals available in Power BI. This classification is also displayed in a single PDF that you can download for free. You can print or display it to make a guided choice of the right visuals for your dashboards.


  This video course has been recorded in English and includes subtitles in English.

Course Curriculum
  1. Presentation of Power BI Dashboard Design Course
    •   Presentation of Power BI Dashboard Design Course FREE
    •   Slides of the video course
    •   Sample Rules
    •   Sample Chart Reference
    •   Dashboard design checklist
    •   The Visuals Reference
    •   The 15 Rules Reference
  2. What people think a dashboard is and what it really is
    •   What people think a dashboard is and what it really is FREE
    •   What is a dashboard? FREE
    •   Bad dashboard examples FREE
    •   A good dashboard
    •   Recap FREE
    •   Personal Finance dashboard
  3. Introducing Power BI
    •   Introducing Power BI FREE
    •   What is Power BI?
    •   Power BI in action
    •   Are you starting from scratch?
    •   Recap
  4. The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard
    •   The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard FREE
    •   Introduction to rules FREE
  5.  Design for a target
    •   Rule 1 - Design for a target FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  6.  Keep everything at a glance
    •   Rule 2 - Keep everything at a glance FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Choosing the right page size
    •   Resizing pictures
    •   Using charts with hierarchical data
    •   Recap
  7.  Keep it simple
    •   Rule 3 - Keep it simple FREE
    •   Explanation and demo FREE
    •   All art is quite useless FREE
    •   Avoiding dark backgrounds FREE
    •   Recap FREE
  8.  Align elements
    •   Rule 4 - Align elements FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Prototyping with Chart Placeholder by OKViz
    •   Recap
  9.  Be consistent
    •   Rule 5 - Be consistent FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  10.  Highlight the most relevant information
    •   Rule 6 - Highlight the most relevant information FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  11.  Be clear
    •   Rule 7 - Be clear FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  12.  Start from zero
    •   Rule 8 - Start from zero FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Highlighting a change in a time interval
    •   Using Dot Plot by OKViz
    •   Recap
  13.  Shorten the numbers
    •   Rule 9 - Shorten the numbers FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  14.  Show the context
    •   Rule 10 - Show the context FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  15.  Choose the right colors
    •   Rule 11 - Choose the right colors FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Using colors that people can confuse
    •   Introducing Color Helper by OKViz
    •   Recap
  16.  Design dashboards, not reports
    •   Rule 12 - Design dashboards, not reports FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  17.  Show variations
    •   Rule 13 - Show variations FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  18.  Leave the noise off
    •   Rule 14 - Leave the noise off FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  19.  Pick the right charts
    •   Rule 15 - Pick the right charts FREE
    •   Explanation and demo
    •   Recap
  20. In conclusion
    •   In conclusion
  21. The chart reference
    •   The chart reference FREE
    •   Bar/Column charts
    •   Bar/Column: express a trend
    •   Bar/Column: sorting
    •   Bar/Column: clustered vs. stacked
    •   Bar/Column: coloring
    •   Bar/Column: intervals
    •   Gauge
    •   Bullet Chart by OKViz FREE
    •   Dot Plot by OKViz
    •   Radar Chart
    •   Line Chart
    •   Area Chart
    •   Sparkline by OKViz FREE
    •   Candlestick by OKViz
    •   KPI
    •   Card with States by OKViz FREE
    •   Treemap
    •   Pie/Donut charts
    •   Waterfall Chart
    •   Funnel
    •   Maps
    •   Synoptic Panel by OKViz FREE
    •   Histogram
    •   Box & Whisker
    •   Scatter Chart
    •   Line & Column charts
    •   Infographic Designer
    •   3D charts
    •   Other charts
    •   Custom visuals

Course access

  This video course is hosted by SQLBI on Vimeo platform, and it will be accessible on desktop and mobile browsers for three years (36 months) after the purchase date.
After registering to the course, you will receive an email containing the credentials to access the training. Please note that these credentials are intended as personal and you should not share them with other people.

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