Creating a dashboard is no easy task. It takes a lot of research, defining and building of content architecture, components and features. I worked on and off on this idea for over two years.
Once we had the content structure built, it was time to figure out how it all came together.
This idea stemmed from these wireframes, where we put similar functionality grouped into tabs or pages. Click on a thumbnail to view the full image.
Shortly after my initial interviews, my first thought was to create a Facebook-esque version of what the site homepage would be like.
In order to populate the dashboard, we had to create the ability for users to determine what was important to them.
To do this, we created the ability to favorite and bookmark information.
Specific categories of information can be Favorited, which is signified by a Star icon. That information will be available in various widgets within the dashboard, and will populate the stream of information as it is published.
An individual item within that stream can be bookmarked, which is shown using the Bookmark icon. Once bookmarked, it populates the specific bookmark widget on the dashboard, where it can be sorted by content type.