This review is from: Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data (Paperback)
An Excellent and well written book.
Users say they want dashboards because they think they look good and makes them look important. As a result, the standard design is one that "looks good" with plenty of 3-d pie charts and odometers or whatever other charts the developers can get their hands on - usually all crammed into a page with garish colours and metallic hues.
The usual end result is a dashboard that is very quickly un-used and un-loved.
This book is well written and provides plenty of excellent and practical examples of good and bad dashboard design. Hopefully will encourage people to design dashboards with utility in mind - I wish