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Dashboards: how to content to users shifting attention

Dashboard designs can contend to users shifting intentions for example by taking advantage of the generation effect.

This is achieved by providing users with the ability to customise their own dashboard.

Another technique to employ is the addition of marks, such as asterisks, or other eye catching shapes, or changes in color strength or color saturation.

Marks and colors can also be combined, which is a useful method for dynamically changing information. While very effective, this method should be used sparingly, and only in most important cases as it can easily defeat its purpose. Think of the “boy who cried wolf”.

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