Understanding and interpreting data can be a daunting task, particularly when you’re not familiar with the dataset at hand. However, building a data dashboard, a visual representation of data that helps make sense of complex information, doesn’t need to be an impossible mission. Here’s a simplified guide on how to go about it.

Step 1: Understand Your Data

Begin by exploring the data. Don’t be put off by unfamiliarity. Delve deep, identify variables, and understand the nature of the data you’re dealing with. Are they numerical? Categorical? Time-based? This step helps lay a foundation for what is possible when building your dashboard.

Step 2: Define the Objective

What questions does the data answer? What insights do you seek? This clarity will guide your design process. If your data consists of sales over time, for instance, your goal may be to visualize sales trends. As I delved into the world of CPUs and GPUs, I noticed a recurring theme – people seemed to be continually asking, “What are CPUs and GPUs?” and “What do these indexes mean for CPUs and GPUs?”.

It was apparent that there was a need for clarity and understanding. With this in mind, I decided to create a dashboard that would provide immediate insight into these critical components. My aim was to create a tool that would highlight the key functions we should pay attention to, thereby simplifying the understanding of CPUs and GPUs.

Step 3: Build Dashboard

Should my dashboard pique your interest, feel free to visit it by clicking on the link.

In conclusion, don’t be daunted by unfamiliar data. Approach it systematically, understand its nature, define your objective, select appropriate visualizations, and continuously refine your dashboard. This journey of exploration can lead you to meaningful insights hidden within the data. Keep it simple, keep it informative, and remember, the goal is to make data tell a story that everyone can understand.

Flory Hou
Author: Flory Hou