The Dashboard Spy

April 5, 2006

Dubya’s Dashboard – A scorecard for Bush detractors

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:12 pm

As business dashboard designers, we strive to depict the true condition of the enterprise. We struggle with this KPI and that index in hopes of portraying an accurate summary. Corporate politics should ideally have no place in the dashboard project. However, as this gem, Dubya's Dashboard, shows, there are times when the whole idea is to portray a single view point. The site describes this dashboard perfectly as "web candy for angry liberals". The little dashboard requires drilling down, so you'll have to bring it up and try it. I've created a composite graphic here for illustration purposes. BTW, as always, I'm not endorsing the point of view expressed by these sources – I'm only here for the dashboard screenshots, senator.

From the site: What This Is – "Dubya's Dashboard" is a 125 x 125 dashboard of selected metrics relating to the presidency of George W. Bush.

Here's what the dashboard contains:

  • A main menu with:
    • The number of days left in Dubya's presidency  
    • Dubya's current approval rating 
    • The current U.S. budget deficit 
    • The cumulative wealth of the richest 400 Americans
    • The number of coalition deaths in the Iraq War 
    • The number of "weapons of mass destruction" found
  • An approval "trend" graph which shows the president's Gallup approval rating over the course of his administration.
  • A budget deficit "trend" graph (shown as a percentage of GDP) which charts our budget deficit history from JFK to Dubya.
  • A "winners" table which shows which segments of society won and lost after taxes from 2002 to 2003.
  • A list of the names, ages, and hometowns of the men and women who have lost their lives in the Iraq conflict.

Dashboard Screenshot

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 enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) 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 a digital 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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