Simple dashboard with enough information! KPI card and Sparkline in Tableau

martie 20, 2019

Make it simple

Lately, I am quite interested in how to fit as much information as possible in a small dashboard without making it too crowded. That’s why I have been tried in Tableau to replicate the KPI card from Power BI in the article “KPI cards in Tableau – an idea from Power BI“.

From the same class of small amazing visualization takes part the sparklines as well. And from here in the below dashboard I tried to combine them both.

A simple KPI card (in this case without the target) and a sparkline below to see the annual trend:

sparkline tableau KPI

It’s a pretty simple visualization, it takes not so much space and you can have it with 2 dimensions.

More dimensions…

But wait … Tableau has the 3rd dimension right there … the tooltip. And I have decided to use it to bring in the dashboard more information and make it more interactive.

tooltip Tableau

*Tooltips are details that appear when you rest the pointer over one or more marks in the view. Tooltips also offer convenient tools to quickly filter or remove a selection, select marks that have the same value or view underlying data.


The dashboard

When I started to design this dashboard I had in my mind 3 things:

– limited space

– a lot of information

– and to keep it simple


To comply with all of this I have used:

– KPI cards that helped me to keep it clear,

– sparklines that use little space and embed a lot of information inside,

– tooltips to have a different view of the KPIs,

– and at the bottom, I have reserved some space for details in plain text accompanied by small data bars. And because I didn’t want to focus on them I have made them gray.

Hope you like it and you will use my strategy further 🙂

If you are using a mobile device click here to see the dashbaord as it is.

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