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Dashboard Design

Leaders have more important things to do than read Dusty Shelf Reports. Design dashboards that inform, inspire, and look great in just 12 weeks. Spring 2019.

Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? Leaders have more important things to do than read lengthy reports. Dashboards get to the point so that leaders can understand the numbers and take action.

During this course, we’ll build a dozen static dashboards together from scratch right inside of good ol' Microsoft Excel. These dashboards will live inside of Excel and get shared with stakeholders as PDFs through email or as printed handouts during meetings.

You’ll see sample dashboards from organizations like yours. I’ll share the story behind each dashboard so that you can learn about each dashboard’s audience and goals. For example, some of the dashboards were designed to track progress towards goals. Other dashboards were designed to help organizations compare their different program areas. You can decide which elements of each dashboard would be most applicable to your own work.

Target Audience

Is this session right for you?! I designed this course for people who want to get their numbers out of spreadsheets and into real-world conversations. Do you need to share data early, often, and easily with others? You might need to share numbers with your clients, supervisors, colleagues, or Board of Directors. Ditch the hundred-page Dusty Shelf Report and bloated slideshows. Design one-pagers of key stats so that leaders can understand the numbers and take action.

Learning Objectives

Browse the full course curriculum (below). You'll learn about:

  • data visualization design principles (a brief overview, not a full course);
  • page layout considerations (graphic design techniques like grids, sketching, white space, and text hierarchies);
  • major dashboard types (comparing categories, tracking progress towards goals, etc.); and
  • dashboard design how-tos in Excel.

Materials Provided

You'll receive:

  • access to dozens of video lessons;
  • Excel files to create sample dashboards from scratch alongside my lessons;
  • a detailed handout that illustrates the key points; and
  • my Dashboard Cheat Sheet.


Your Instructor


Ann K. Emery
Ann K. Emery

Your data deserves to be out in the world--actionable, talked about, used--not gathering dust in spreadsheets. Let me transform your technical information for non-technical audiences. I've consulted to clients like the United Nations, State Department, and Centers for Disease Control, plus dozens more foundations, nonprofits, film companies, banks, hospitals, and universities worldwide. Each year, I lead dozens of in-person workshops for thousands of people. My online courses bring those skills to you, too.


Class Curriculum


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  Who Are You Trying to Reach, and How? Content Strategy
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrollment.