Design Elements for Dashboard Applications

Available as a free download for a limited time, the “Inspire” Backend Admin Template is presented as a PSD (photoshop) file. Even if you can’t personally open a PSD file, you should download this very helpful template for your development team or user interface designer. They’ll love you for it.

Here’s the link:

And here’s some screenshots of the graphic design elements the UI Kit contains:

Layout of Business Dashboards

When it comes to the layout of business dashboards, consistency is the key to an effective design. Take the time to think about the underlying page grid and the relationship between the dashboard parts.

What elements exist on your dashboard? Define items such as portlets and gutters and horizontal dividers.

Lay out the elements, measure your parts and create html code that can control the flow of the parts in an exact manner.

Take a look at this very helpful dashboard layout guide from Even if you don’t use that particular technology, study it and apply the concepts.

Here is an excerpt that explains what to consider when laying out dashboard portlets:

Enterprise dashboard portlet layout