Tag: Data Viz

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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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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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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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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The other day in a casual conversation about our new President, I heard a blanket statement to the tune of “Obama issued the most executive orders by any President, ever.” I didn’t know if this was right or wrong; so I set to find out for myself and decided to issue a challenge to the world. Try your luck at this Presidential Tableau trivia game!

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Since watching John Mathis win the Iron Viz Championship in 2014, I’ve been totally enamored by the competition. The speed, precision, and thought put into these competition-level dashboards amazed me, and I knew that I had to get on the stage one day.

 

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If you are here I’m sure you know of three things: Tableau, Iron Viz, and my addiction to both. This marks my 5th and 6th viz entered into the Iron Viz pool, and even though the visualizations are fairly simple in nature, it was by far the hardest competition to date.

 

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I’ll admit it.. I was not the least bit inspired when the second Iron Viz feeder topic was announced. I’m a voter, but outside of that I try to avoid all forms of politics whenever possible, which made coming up with a topic for this contest even more difficult.

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In the past few weeks I’ve had a nice experience working with a business consultant from Tableau collaborating on a project with a shared client. In one of our working sessions I was building a requested visualization for the client when I got a tap on my shoulder

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Last week data-dare.com put out a challenge to the Tableau community to create a story without using story points. This is sure to be an interesting challenge, with many new/alternative ways coming to light. Tableau’s story point feature is nice, but can feel a bit clunky

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