Since July I’ve been working on a large web dashboard project for Tri-County Mental Health Services in Lewiston, Maine. It’s been fun learning their business and working with the great people there. Although the project is moving more slowly than I’d like, progress is good and I think it looks nice. It will certainly be simpler to maintain than their manually generated legacy Excel spreadsheets. Not only do the charts tell stories about the business impossible with tabular data, they will see significant reductions in the amount of time spent generating their business analysis tools.
The user is able to not only change the date range, but also toggle the display of each individual metric series on each chart, including goals for each. The interactive changes are made dynamically, without requiring a page load. Kinda cool, eh?
Site navigation is done utilizing CSS lists and the fixed zoom buttons–which change the range of all charts on the page simultaneously–use a single CSS sprite image technique.
There’s a lot of work to do, and I’m having a great time.
January 26, 2010 – While there is much to be done on the web dashboard, there is not enough money to do it. Today my contract is over and, unfortunately, it has not been extended. Here are a couple screenshots of the product as of today.