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Valerie Junk

Data Storyteller
LinkedIn · Blog
November 21 · In-person · English talk

Paint it Black: Rocking Dark Mode Dashboards

Designing Power BI reports can be tough; designing them in a different way than the old-school white background and standard Power BI color scheme can be even harder. Most people are afraid to use something other than the standard provided; however, designing a dashboard in a dark mode style (black or dark color background) is not only aesthetically better (okay, personal opinion 😉) but also can enhance user experience. Just think about working with tools that all have dark mode all day and then suddenly opening a Power BI report brighter than the sun. Who wants that?

The session aims to guide the audience through the process of designing a Power BI report that is presented in dark mode. From selecting appropriate visual elements to optimizing readability and accessibility, guidelines will be presented to create stunning visualizations that leave a lasting impression. And, of course, there is also some advice on how to sell this to the business!

Key topics
– Understand why a dark design can actually be beneficial
– Learn about the art of contrast and effective color choices
– Tips to increase readability and ease for the eyes
– Best practices in general when designing in Power BI
– How to sell this to the business


Valerie Junk‘s passion is creating insights from data and designing dashboards using Power BI. Originally from Germany, she moved to the Netherlands to study Cognitive Psychology (MSc. Psychology). During her studies, she realized that she’s not only interested in human behavior but also the numbers & statistics trying to explain it.