Tips for Designing Great Power BI Dashboards and Reports

Are you looking for information regarding Microsoft Power BI?  Would like to learn the best practices for designing great Power BI dashboards and reports? Look now further, we have got you covered!

In this blog we provide you the summary of the top tips.  We also link you with some of the best experts in Power BI. You will find the links to the original articles for further information regarding designing great Power BI Dashboards.

Editor’s Note:

Before we jump in to the articles we’d like to note something.

In a case you are optimising a dashboard or a report to be used solely on Digital Signage displays keep these two rules of thumb in mind:

  • Focus on the most important information
  • Have less content
  • Use larger fonts

The audience Digital Signage displays are typically looking at the displays from further distances compared to the laptop.

Make the content stand out and easy to view. Using larger fonts also forces to minimize the amount of content – circling back to rule number one

Without further ado, let’s dive right in and take a closer look at the tips and articles that help you to design great dashboards and reports.

Guy in a Cube

Make your Power BI report POP with a custom background

Often times the difference between someone using your report and not consuming your report is the way it looks. In this video Patrick gives you a simple tip to use a background image that makes the report POP and nice, something that people want to look at. Take a look at this video. This might just do the trick

Guy in a Cube is a popular YouTube channel that helps you master Business Analytics on Microsoft Business Analytics stack.

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Tips for Designing Great Power BI Dashboard

This article, by several contributors, will help you make the most important information stand out, make the dashboard clean and uncluttered.

The summary of the top tips in this article are:

Consider your AudienceTell a Story on One screenMake use of full screen modeAccent the most important informationPlace the most important informationUse the right visualizations for the right data

They also have further links to a white paper and a video in the article.

The entire article can be found here: Tips for Designing a Great Power BI Dashboard


The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard

Marco Russo gives you Power BI design best practices in this webinar recording.

The summary of the design best practices are:

Design for a targetKeep everything at a glanceKeep it simpleAlign elementsBe consistentHighlight the most relevant informationBe clearStart from zeroShorten the numbersShow the contextChoose the right colorsDesign dashboards, not reportsShow variationsLeave the noise offPick the right parts

You can find the webinar in its original location here: The 15 rules to design a perfect dashboard


5 Power BI Tips To Make Your Reports More Appealing And User-friendly

In the original article Paweł Szczecki gives you 5 tips on how to make the most of your Power BI Reports.

The summary of the tips:

Simplicity – don’t go too fancy with VisualizationsContext – Interrelations between elementsDivide and conquer (or slicing and dicing) – filtersHigh or Low perspective – hierarchiesMeaningfulness – think about the message rather than the graphics

The entire article can be found here: 5 Power BI Tips to Make Your Reports More Appealing and User-friendly


My Top 5 Power BI Visual Design Practices: Transforming Good to Great

This blog post by Reid Havens offers you 5 concrete tips that will help to make sure your Power BI Report looks good, tells a story, pops, or his personal favourite “is aesthetically pleasing”

The summary of the tips in the article:

Company logoLines to help divide sections of the reportData timestamp to show how recent the refresh wasReport formattingDedicated DAX measures table

The entire article can be found here: My Top 5 Power BI Visual Design Practices: Transforming Good to Great


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