Review of the book Interactive Visual Data Analysis: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315152707 by Christian Tominski, Heidrun Schumann
Designing a good dashboard is an art. We need to answer questions like – who will use the dashboard? for what? when? and how will the interaction happen. Our team has studied dashboards and developed a model for choosing which one is the most suitable one ( https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/41120/1/gupea_2077_41120_1.pdf ).
However, we never studied what is important when constructing a dashboard, but the authors of this book did.
I liked chapter 3 and 4 the most. They show how to move from simple visualizations to interactions and how to work with parameters of the visualizations. However, one needs to read chapter 2 as well to get some inspiration about which diagrams to use and how to use the visual attentive attributes like color, size or shape – both separately and in combination.
To sum up, if you want to construct a good dashboard, please read the book and I can promise you, it will not dissapoint you.