If an application doesn’t look great, it won’t get used. This is true of any web application—and it certainly holds true for embedded analytics. If your dashboards and reports look outdated or clunky, your users will quickly bounce out of your app.
For developers, design skills may not always come naturally. That’s where graphics libraries and online tools can help.
Try these seven tools to take your dashboards and data visualizations to the next level:
This free library focuses on high-quality fonts for your analytic application. They’re scalable and customizable, which means you can minimize load times by choosing to host, say, the regular font with just the italic and bold options, but none of the others. The fonts also scale perfectly from a tiny screen on up, and they come in tons of widely supported options.
This library boasts thousands of color combinations. Even better for application developers and product managers, it completely removes the design pressure. With coordinated color palettes, you can create a complete color scheme, all for free. You can also play around with plenty of different color algorithms, so you’re not tied down to just one palette.
Have a library you already like using? Check to see if your analytics solution works with it. For instance, the Logi Analytics platform pairs nicely with these frameworks:
- Bootstrap, which provides all those front-end interface pieces that you can just pick up and use
- Skeleton, which gives you a stripped-down basic framework that you can build on
- Foundation by Zurb, which offers a robust set of tools and components that make it easy to build a responsive application
- Materialize, a completely responsive framework that gives you a clean material design with lots of options
Digital wireframe tools are always a good idea to make sure your analytics solution surpasses expectations. These are especially useful if you’re dealing with remote employees or a more complex approval process. Solutions like Balsamiq, Axure, SwordSoft, and Adobe Illustrator will allow you to connect with team members and share your wireframes and mockups virtually. While these solutions are not free, most offer free trials.