Tableau Dashboard Design: Best Practices


Tableau Dashboard Design: Best Practices

December 01, 2016

Dashboards, Reports & Visualizations, Tableau

10 Tips with Demonstrations

The goal of good dashboard design is to provide a single actionable insight, not multiple. Achieving good dashboard design requires clarity: about your business audience; about the business function and about how the layout helps bring about insights.

But it’s one thing to read about effective design theory and another to put it into practice. Working directly in Tableau, this webinar recording demonstrates Tableau design principles and best practices. We show you tangible instances of the good, the bad…and the downright ugly.

After viewing this presentation, you will:

  • Understand how aspects like text, color, font size and page placement can help…or hinder…your audience
  • Choose better approaches for creating user interfaces
  • Have solid understanding of what dashboards work best for your goals
  • Know what things to (almost) never do



BI Report Authors, BI Report Consumers, BI Power Users (Developers, Support Staff), BI Managers, IT Managers, IT / BI Executives (CTO)


Michael Weinhauer
Tableau Practice Area Director and Solutions Architect
Senturus, Inc.


10 Best Practices for Tableau Dashboard Design

  1. How to design a dashboard with a goal in mind
  2. How the overall dashboard layout impacts effectiveness
  3. How to design for best performance
  4. Which chart type work best, for specific goals
  5. How to use the three-color types effectively
  6. How to get the most impact from text
  7. How to minimize dashboard object while maximizing actionable insights
  8. When to use any of the three basic types of navigation
  9. Some things to (almost) never do
  10. The two fundamental, guiding principles, for all dashboards