The Dashboard Spy

March 23, 2006

Helmet dashboard screenshots – a digital dashboard that can mean the difference between life and death

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 12:26 pm

Talk about a need for real time tracking on an executive dashboard! The next generation joint strike fighter, the F-35, will not have a Heads Up Display on the windshield but will have a special helmet-mounted dashboard that will sync to all onboard systems. Read about this real-lilfe, physical dashboard and see more screenshots at PS. People ask me why I like to post so many physical items when this is a blog about digital dashboards. My background in design leads me to firmly believe that unless digital dashboard designs offer an acceptable "realness" that makes sense to the user, the product will feel unnatural and not be embraced . The best way to ground our digital designs is to study physical equivalents. You can bet that the effort going into this dashboard is for real – we're talking literally a life and death dashboard.

Enterprise Dashboard Screenshot  

Executive Dashboard

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of an enterprise dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.

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