Free Chart Icons for Your Business Intelligence Dashboard

Chart and Graph Icons

Click here for some very attractive (and free) icons for use in your business intelligence applications.

There’s nothing like cheesy icons and graphics to spoil the professional look of your dashboard. Give the icons some thought and use well.

Here’s a tip: Try to use icons from the same icon set to ensure a unified look. If you have to go outside of the set of icons, be sure to select ones that are complimentary in some way. It could be color or perspective or other trait. Just make sure that all your icons look like they belong together.

Good luck with your dashboard design.

Free Chart Icons for Your Business Dashboard

Dashboard designers and anyone who is mocking up business intelligence dashboards should avail themselves of the many free chart and graph icons that exist. Take a look at this screenshot and I think you’ll agree that these icons would work well for business intelligence applications.

You can download these icons and more at this link:

http://findicons.com/search/chart

Use this as a jumping off point for your search for the right icons for your BI application.

Be sure to send us a screen shot of your app. We’d love to feature your design on http://executivedashboards.org

Dashboard Metrics Status Indicators

Every dashboard needs to display the status of various KPIs and metrics, right? We’re all familiar with the red, green, yellow statuses as indicated by little icons.

Here are some of my favorites. Maybe they’ll be useful to you:

Be careful to think through what the colors mean. You may think that the meaning of green is totally clear, but here is an example where, to me at least, there is some confusion as to whether green means take an action or don’t take an action. You’ll see in this video that green actually means “No” in the context of whether or not to go ahead. Strange? Take a look.

This video is an advertisement for a device that monitors the temperature of water and displays the result in a “glanceable” manner. It’s what we call an ambient device. We’ve covered real-world dashboards and ambient devices on The Dashboard Spy previously. More on ambient devices after you watch the video.

Ambient devices are a new genre of consumer electronics characterized by their ability to be perceived at-a-glance (also called “glanceable”). Ambient devices utilize pre-attentive processing to display information: the ability for the brain to perceive information without any apparent cognitive load.

Take a look at this post on the Ambient Orb and the Ambient Dashboard:

http://enterprise-dashboard.com/2006/03/10/the-ambient-executive-dashboard-a-physical-analog-gauge-that-you-can-hook-up-to-your-digital-dashboard/