Cards are a great way to display information in an easily-digested format.
QlikView’s reports can be configured to list out table columns and column values on the left pane. While the appropriate control for this would likely be checkbox lists, this is still very useful functionality. These values can be clicked to quickly filter report data and is useful for analysis and finding trends.
Cartegraph’s interactive maps typically have a large viewing area for the maps on the top of the screen and the data table that corresponds to the map underneath it.
Clicking a point on the map will display an infowindow with some basic information about the data point as well as a couple of buttons.
Clicking the Information button opens a dialog window with more detailed information about the data point.
This dialog window displays detailed information about the asset in an easy-to-read format. It also acts as a sort of dashboard for the item. It displays a phototgraph of the asset, and has some useful visualizations of its condition, lifespan, and total cost to date.
Clicking the checkmark icon will open a new dialog that allows you to create a new task for the asset. The form is very straightforward, and allows you to quickly specify the activity type as well as the individual responsible for it.
Once you have assigned someone to the task, an Add button appears next to the Assign Labor dropdown. Clicking this button will assign the selected individual to the task.
You can use the Assign Labor dropdown to continue to add resources to the task, or you can click the Next button to go to the next step.
In the next step you specify what you want to make from the data you’ve entered (task, work order).
Even a screen that compiles a list of reports should be treated as a dashboard, and follow all of the same design principles for good dashboard design.
With MailChimp’s Reports dashboard, there are a couple of small but important features that help users quickly find what they are looking for:
Reports are divided up into three major sections (these are the three major activities you would perform in MailChimp that you would want to run reports against). While these are represented in MailChimp as links, they could just as easily be represented as tabs.
Folders follow a flat architecture (you can’t nest folders inside of folders). This makes it difficult to hide reports several layers down where people are unlikely to find them.
Each folder has a number next to it indicating how many reports it contains. This prevents you from searching for a report in an empty folder.
Filters offer two additional parameters you can set to narrow things down even further.
Some good design decisions here:
- Dropdown filtering
- Batch/row-level actions