Tag: Iron Viz

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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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…)

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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Tableau announced their first feeder competition to their overwhelmingly popular Iron Viz competition on April 4, 2016, and I spent the first week studying past winners and the design / viz style of my favorite authors. Before even looking for data I really wanted to get a sense for what works well in the wild, and what it takes to be selected for the competition. Here are some of my personal findings, realizations, and opinions:

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