We had so many amazing entries for the 2019 DAM Good Dashboard Contest. It was a tough call, but we have our winners!
To determine the winners, we brought together a panel of judges from teams throughout Widen including: advisors, customer success managers, training, user experience, product, and creative.
Each entry was reviewed based on completeness, branding and style, aesthetic, and clear purpose and design, which we defined as:
Completeness: Robust use of the available dashboard functionality to provide a full user experience
Branding and style: Consistent branding throughout the dashboard
Aesthetic: Visual appeal
Clear purpose and design: Designed with the user in mind to provide the key information in an easy-to-navigate layout
Now, let’s get to our winners!
Third place: Topcon
With a clean, well-branded design, the judges appreciated how Topcon provides all of the pertinent information that users need to navigate their DAM system.
Users are able to access key assets through direct links, or a one-click path by type or category. And with links to additional resources including brand guidelines and support, Topcon gives their users a one-stop shop for all of their DAM needs.
Second place: Athlinks
Amy Nguyen from Athlinks talks to her users quarterly to see how things are going and to find out if there’s anything more she can do to enhance their DAM experience. With her dashboard, the goal was to create a page that “features all of their resources, provides quick access to common assets, and shares information about creating and using portals.”
With training links, information about company branding, a DAM overview video, and more, the judges scored the Athlinks dashboard high for completeness. They noted that Amy made great use of the available Dashboard functionality. And she provides a well-branded, easy-to-navigate experience for her users while making great use of DAM puns.
We also really appreciated Amy’s enthusiasm for the contest. When Amy originally emailed her submission, her dashboard was configured using the old HTML functionality. But with the help of a support article, Amy converted her dashboard to the new functionality within two hours and re-submitted her entry, demonstrating that converting your dashboard doesn’t have to be intimidating or time consuming.
Grand prize: Classical Conversations
When asked about the goal of her dashboard, Randa Clay from Classical Conversations said, “I wanted to make the dashboard visually engaging, and easy for the training team to have one-click access to the assets in the digital library.”
It’s this one-click access — along with a clean, easy-to-navigate aesthetic — that really won the judges over. They also noted the use of the logo throughout their graphics, as well as the visually appealing icons to represent the spotlight searches.
One thing’s clear, designing a dashboard with and for your users is key. All of our contest submissions had that guiding principle top of mind when creating theirs. And, as you can see, there are several ways to approach the same goal. It’s all about what’s right for you, your brand, and your users.
If this has inspired you to update your dashboard, that’s great! We hope you’ll let us see it when you’re done. And if you need some help getting started, we’ve got you covered there too.
Widen Collective® training: The Widen Training and Education team offers a wide range of courses to help you manage and admin your site, many of which include information to improve your dashboard and user engagement. See the full course catalog and get started with on-demand or live courses today. Go to the catalog.
Support resources: This step-by-step support article walks you through how to create new dashboard messages. You can also read the blog article on designing your DAM dashboard to learn more about the new dashboard functionality and how to get started.
Design services: Short on time or resources? We can help. Contact your customer success manager or Widen Support to see how we can help by designing your dashboard for you.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the dashboard contest. We were inspired by all of you and grateful for how you’re using dashboards to support and serve your users.
Keep up the great work!