T08: How to Design User-Friendly Dashboards

Monday, 16 July 2018, 08:30 – 12:30


Abbas Moallem, Ph.D. (short bio)

UX Experts, LLC - Cupertino, California, USA
Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University and California State University East Bay



With a growing need for mass data visualization, most business and consumer applications display a dashboard page that includes an overview of the system status and content. Are all these dashboards effective? What are the basic principles behind designing effective and intuitive dashboards? This introductory/intermediate course in dashboard design will provide an overview of the fundamentals for designing and evaluating effective dashboards. Participants will then evaluate several dashboards and practice building an effective dashboard.


Content and benefits:

The first section of the course will be used to review the fundamental principles in designing dashboards. Participants will then practice evaluating several example dashboards. Following this, the participants will work in teams to build an effective dashboard according to the guidelines and principles taught in the previous section.

The course will feature presentations, small group activities, and discussions to enhance learning. The presentations will examine the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Fundamental Principles of Dashboard Design
  • Visual Designs
  • Mass Data Visualization
  • Evaluating Dashboard User Interfaces
  • Building Effective Dashboards


Target Audience:

Potential beneficiaries of this course may be:

  • People who are involved with UI/UX design
  • People who have some experience with dashboard design 
  • HCI professionals with an interest in UX design
  • Researchers already working in UX design

Bio Sketch of Presenter:

Dr. Abbas Moallem is an executive director of UX Experts, LLC and an adjunct professor at San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay, where he teaches HCI, human factors and cyber security.

Dr. Moallem has over 20 years of experience in the fields of human factors, ergonomics, human computer interaction (HCI) and usability. He has also served as a senior engineering product manager and usability expert at NETGEAR and as a UI Architect at PeopleSoft, Oracle Corporation, Tumbleweed, and Axway for over 11 years. He has also consulted with numerous companies that include, Sears H.C., Polycom, Cisco System, HID Global, Lam Research, and Applied Materiel.  Dr. Moallem has also consulted a variety of industries in Europe, and Canada.

Dr. Moallem holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Paris (Paris XIII), a Master’s degree in Biomechanics from the University of Creteil (Paris XI) and a Master’s degree in Ergonomics from the Conservatoire Nation des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. Dr. Moallem obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Tehran in 1978.

He currently serves as Communication and Exposition Chair of the HCI International Conference and the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference.