2009 Excel Dashboard Contest

Excel Dashboard designers get another chance to show off their skills in the BonaVista Systems 2009 Excel Dashboard Competition.

Dashboard Spy readers will recall that last year’s winners included an International Bank Dashboard, an Outpatient Surgery Center Dashboard, and a Pharmaceutical Sales Dashboard. See Best Excel Dashboards of 2008.

In addition to bragging rights to having the best Excel Dashboard of the year, the best dashboard will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate, the second place finisher a copy of Stephen Few’s new dashboard book: Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis , and the third place contest winner a copy of Edward Tufte’s The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition.

Here’s what you’ll be judged on:

The dashboards are judged on the clarity and effectiveness of their design, particularly

  • Clean and clear organization
  • Effective table and chart design
  • A single-screen display, properly designed for the web, screen or print outs

We’ll also consider technical aspects of the dashboard, did it use effective techniques for

  • The Dashboard layout
  • Data management, data logic and calculation : YTD figures, variances, etc
  • Dashboard delivery: Sharing the dashboard via PDF, the web or as an Excel Workbook

Further details at the BonaVista Excel contest page.