Style your Dashboard with Figma

Hi all, during our Data School training we were shown a great tool to give some style to our dashboards, Figma.com.  With Figma you can make your dashboards look way nicer. Create backgrounds to each chart or container, creating a general background with a gradient color, add images and edit them, and much more. Figma is a great tool to complement with Tableau to create those Dashboard you’re proud of.

 

How to Figma

  1. The first step is to create an account in Figma which is free.
  2. Once you are registered, on the top right corner click on Design File to create a new draft.
  3. Create a new Frame on the top right corner and edit its size to your Tableau dashboard size on the right-side panel.
  4. Create a background on the Fill options on the right-side panel. You can use a solid color, an image, a video or a Gradient as in the image below. You can add as many colors on the gradient as you like by clicking below the Linear word on the gradient bar. Your gradient can also be Radial, Angular or Diamon shaped instead of Linear.
  5. Start Creating your chart backgrounds. Drag a new Rectangle onto the frame and set up its size.  On this example I gave it a 20px Corner Radius, 20% Fill transparency and a Drop Shadow effect. You can edit your rectangles as you like by making them rounder, setting up a different color, and other effects.
  6. If you want all your Tableau Containers to look the same just click on your rectangle and copy paste it on your frame and adjust their size.
  7. You can also add a title to it with a specific font you prefer by clicking on the top bar on the Text Icon. There are plenty of options, to style your text boxes. You can choose fonts, letter spacing, underline and much more than I would use.
  8.  Once you are done setting up the position of your rectangles you can put it into tableau. To export your Figma background, select on the left panel your main frame. Then on the right-side menu go to export and export as PNG.
  9. In Tableau first create a main container which will be floating (this is really important). Inside this floating container then add containers and charts as you would do normally. Only the main container needs to be floating so you can put the image outside of it and not floating.
  10. If there are minor tweaks to be done to readjust the background or dashboard you can space your charts in Tableau. Achieve this by adding padding or blanks. Another option is to readjust the rectangles in Figma and export it again, which is even easier.