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.


Students of the video course have access to a private discussion area where they can interact with the instructors asking questions related to the lectures and the exercises.

Curriculum

  • 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
  • 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
    • Examples of bad dashboards
      FREE
    • A good dashboard
    • Recap
      FREE
    • Personal Finance dashboard
  • Introducing Power BI

    • Introducing Power BI
      FREE
    • What is Power BI?
    • Power BI in action
    • Are you starting from scratch?
    • Recap
  • The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard

    • The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard
      FREE
    • Introduction to rules
      FREE
  • Design for a target

    • Rule 1 - Design for a target
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • 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
  • 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
  • Align elements

    • Rule 4 - Align elements
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Prototyping with Chart Placeholder by OKViz
    • Recap
  • Be consistent

    • Rule 5 - Be consistent
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Highlight the most relevant information

    • Rule 6 - Highlight the most relevant information
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Be clear

    • Rule 7 - Be clear
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • 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
  • Shorten the numbers

    • Rule 9 - Shorten the numbers
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Show the context

    • Rule 10 - Show the context
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • 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
  • Design dashboards, not reports

    • Rule 12 - Design dashboards, not reports
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Show variations

    • Rule 13 - Show variations
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Leave the noise off

    • Rule 14 - Leave the noise off
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • Pick the right charts

    • Rule 15 - Pick the right charts
      FREE
    • Explanation and demo
    • Recap
  • In conclusion

    • In conclusion
  • 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
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Student Reviews (70)
  • Jack Kennedy (Nov 12, 2019)

    Really compact and intuitive course. Learned a lot about visuals and dashboard design. Less is sometimes more! Another great resource from SQLBI!

  • Miguel Brei (Oct 10, 2019)

    Amazing

  • Paul Ranschaert (Sep 9, 2019)

    Excellent training!

  • Wayne Legg (Sep 5, 2019)

    Too much talking, debate between two presenters. No enough practical actual 'doing' for the receiver of the training.

    • We are sorry you did not like the training. The purpose is to clarify the design principle rather than explaining how to use the user interface of Power BI. The sample files available should help the student getting practical examples to apply to their own reports. Thanks for your feedback - it will help future students to set the right expectations from the course!
      Reply by SQLBI (Sep 5, 2019)
  • Bert Forbes (Aug 30, 2019)

    Lots of great information. Excellently organised. Good basic ground rules to follow. I'm very pleased to have completed the course!

  • Neil Fernandes (Aug 1, 2019)

    Thank you. Very informative course.

  • JOVIANO SILVEIRA (Aug 1, 2019)

    the best course

  • JOVIANO SILVEIRA (Jul 23, 2019)

    Great! very great!

  • Andreas Ratz (Jul 21, 2019)

    Very helpful, very funny presented!

  • Greg Coopman (Jul 17, 2019)

    Excellent Course. Thanks!

  • Ciro Gómez Parssian (Jul 6, 2019)

    Excellent course, I've learned a lot of things.

  • Saurabh Pandit (May 29, 2019)

    Good content overall. There could be more example so the rules are explained better. Also some of the rules for design by Stephen Few or Gestalt principles should be explained and covered. One of the key missing point on the final Dashboard or PowerBI Report page was that of information overload. Limiting the number of items on the front-end makes the Dashboard easy to focus on and simple to use.

  • Rodrigo Palomino (May 13, 2019)

    Excellent course. They keep it simple. Useful and beautiful!

  • Santosh Raghunath (May 9, 2019)

    Amazing Course. Learnt a lot :-)

  • Donald Wiesmann (May 7, 2019)

    very useful, thank you very much! Good addition (or basically the same ideas as) to IBCS/Hichert :-)