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2017 Tableau Conference Recap

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We are now a couple of weeks removed from #data17, and I’m already looking forward to next year! This was my third Tableau conference, and with it, came a third unique experience. Here are some of my favorite experiences, and an inside look at the Iron Viz competition.

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Making the most of Tableau Conference 2017

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We are fast approaching the single best Tableau event of the year, and you’ll soon start to see blog posts rolling in that are aimed at helping you tackle this massive event. These will all be must reads for anyone attending the conference this year, and I’m hoping this post will prove to be equally as value, while also providing an alternate path to conference happiness.

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Video How To: Format Parameters Individually in Tableau 10.4

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I’m going to need a moment alone for this one. Ever since I stopped making dashboards, and started making analytic applications in Tableau, I’ve wanted to format my parameters individually. Up until Tableau 10.4 (currently in beta), if you added 10 parameters to your dashboard, they would all be controlled by a single formatting rule… let me show you how to break this chain and free up your dashboard designs with individual parameter formatting.

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Journal Entry: The Evolution of My Career

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Today is my last day at Health Catalyst, and it the most bittersweet last day I can remember. I’m leaving a job that I never imagined I would leave, and thought it would be fitting to document my thoughts on how far I’ve come and how far I have left to go. Much like a professional athlete posting their farewell to The Players’ Tribune, I’m here today to provide some perspective on just how far Tableau has taken me in life.

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Iron Viz Safari: Picking a Winner

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It is yet again time for another judging period of a Tableau Iron Viz feeder contest. This time around, authors were tasked with building a viz involving a safari theme, and as usual… they did not disappoint. Tableau also added more countries to the contest, and with the inclusion of China, the popular vote contest had to be retired. The popular vote has long been scrutinized by the community, but there still needs to be a winner and authors still deserve recognition for their hard work! (more…)

How has your home price changed?

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One of the best ways to learn Tableau is by making your initial projects personal. Finding a topic you’re interested in can accelerate your trajectory much more than fiddling with Superstore data. While Superstore data is certainly appreciated, pairing a topic of interest with a popular existing visualization as your template can make things even more enjoyable, and that is what this blog post is all about.

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Make Myself Over Part 2: Iron Viz Wikibirths

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As some of you may know, I’ve recently started teaching data visualization at the University of Utah. I’ve only been at it a couple of weeks, but it has been a great learning experience for me (and hopefully my students). Now that I am teaching the subject, it seemed like a decent time to do some self reflection to see what I might do differently in some of my past Tableau Public projects.

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Make Myself Over Part 1: The Cost of Living

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As some of you may know, I’ve recently started teaching data visualization at the University of Utah. I’ve only been at it a couple of weeks, but it has been a great learning experience for me (and hopefully my students). Now that I am teaching the subject, it seemed like a decent time to do some self reflection to see what I might do differently in some of my past Tableau Public projects.

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How To: An Alternative to Viz in Tooltips

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At Tableau conference 2015, we were previewed a very cool feature called “viz in tooltips”. Tableau conference 2017 is now only 7 months away, and we have yet to see this feature even in beta form. While we wait, there are a few alternatives one can pursue, but come with complexity and overhead. I’d like to present how I’m dealing with the lack of a feature in my professional life…

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Makeover Monday Week 7: Valentine’s Day Spending in the United States

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This week’s Makeover Monday sparked an interesting conversation around sketching a viz before/during a build. I can’t draw, so I typically never sketch, but it seems that many others find this an invaluable part of their process. Here is a quick look into the conversation and a high speed video of my entire build at the end.

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