The dashboard is the face of an application. The conversation it has with users must be well structured. Keep it simple—don’t use jargon or acronyms if at all possible.
Users interact with the dashboard more than any other portion of an application. They may navigate away from and back to it several times per use, and they may use the application several times per day, which can add up quickly.
A great dashboard turns a good tool into a great product by making it accessible to the mass public. Designed correctly, a dashboard doesn’t only decrease the learning curve of new users—it increases productivity for avid users.