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  • Writer's pictureMatias Zayas

Designing better tables

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

Have you ever worked on enterprise Power BI development projects and noticed the abundance of data tables used? I have observed it before, particularly in the fields of finance and controlling. Therefore, I’ve been searching a little bit about concepts related to UX applied to table design patterns, most of which come from web development. I would like to share some websites that caught my interest with you.

By the way, I am passionate about learning UI and UX in web development to gain fresh concepts and ideas that I can use into report design. Shall we begin right away? Of course, Let's get started.

Here is a list of articles that I find interesting to read:

  • Pencil & Paper, is my favorite from this list. I suggest that you browse through the articles section to access the informative and engaging content.

  • Andrew Coyle, the article presents a list of design structures, interaction patterns, and techniques to help you design better data tables. I highly recommend checking out Andrew's website for great content.

  • Lalatendu Satpathy, in his article, collects the most common use cases and discusses how elegantly we can handle tables.

  • NN/g Nielsen Norman Group discusses the importance of table design in facilitating four key user tasks. These tasks include finding records that meet certain criteria, comparing data, viewing, editing, or adding data for a single row, and taking action on records.

  • bibb, by Diana Maier.

  • Slava Shestopalov, his illustrated guide explains the table anatomy and how to build a table, keeping in mind its future elaboration. A little bit more complex, nonetheless, it is valuable to study its comprehensive information.

The post for today is a bit brief, however, the links provided contain substantial information that requires analysis and interpretation to be able to implement them effectively in our Power BI projects.

If you have any additional information to share or would like to complement my post, please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for taking the time to read what I have written. 😊

Cheers 🤟


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