Jitter bar charts

The following are some ideas for creating interesting bar chart effects using jitter plots. Previously, Toan Hoang of Tableau Magic has written about jitter bars using two dimensions of random() for a nice effect. Below I introduce modifications on creating jitter bars using random() and index() along with playing with sizing and color to customizeContinue reading “Jitter bar charts”

Data Analysis Documentation Tool

This tool is meant to help you organize and document an analysis project and increase the chances of a project’s success. Taking you through a project life-cycle from asking business questions to presenting insights, the tool covers the major stages of any analysis project from a high-level, repeatable, comprehensive process. I based the tool conceptuallyContinue reading “Data Analysis Documentation Tool”

Dynamic Fields in a Tooltip

When you have measures or dimensions that are only applicable to some of the marks in your view, you can use a simple calculation to–in effect–make multiple different tooltips with each being relevant to their respective marks. Let’s dig in to an example. In my example, I have a scatterplot with each mark having anContinue reading “Dynamic Fields in a Tooltip”

Figma Fonts: Collection B

For anyone who also has spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for fun fonts in Figma and wants to cut the line next time, here’s a curated list of silly fonts: You can see a list of more “normal” fonts here, in Collection A.

Figma Fonts: Collection A

The design tool Figma comes with several hundred fonts to choose from. However, there currently isn’t a way to preview the font in the drop-down list. Over time I’ve looked through the list, and I’ve picked out a number that I like. If you see something here you like, just type in its name inContinue reading “Figma Fonts: Collection A”

Reveal marks with a click to drive the story

You can introduce marks within a single chart one at a time (or in groups) through the use of a parameter action. And, by adding narrative points to your data, you can create an interactive user experience that drives a chart’s story. Here’s an example of what that looks like: Here’s the demonstration:

Scrollytelling with Tableau

“Scrollytelling” is a type of visual storytelling. In contrast to a dashboard or viz’s static screen, a scrolly-told story develops as the reader–you guessed it–scrolls down their screen. Scrollytelling has grown quite popular in the last few years, especially in online journalism. In fact, the Washington Post’s most read article of all time is aContinue reading “Scrollytelling with Tableau”

Rounded-tip bar charts

A disclaimer: this is a very “low-tech” solution, and does not contain any fancy calculations. If someone else wants to take up the challenge of making true rounded-tip bar charts, let me know! It is necessary to state up front these are NOT “rounded bar charts.” These are “rounded-TIP bar charts.” There is a significantContinue reading “Rounded-tip bar charts”

Turn Labels On and Off

Overview You can give the user the power to turn labels on and off by making use of a sheet-swapping parameter. The sheet-swapping parameter technique has been around since at least 2015 and has since been improved upon with the show/hide icon functionality (Ryan Sleeper) and parameter actions (Keith Dykstra). The following simply uses theContinue reading “Turn Labels On and Off”

Filter alternative

Overview Instead of using Tableau’s standard filter to filter a dimension in a view, you can create a filter from a separate worksheet that displays the members of the dimension as a list. In certain use cases I find this option to be far more powerful than using the standard filter. Specifically, this filter alternative:Continue reading “Filter alternative”

Making a ‘Thankful’ Viz

Visit the viz on Tableau Public. Recently I’ve been trying to purposefully think more about the things I am thankful for and adopting a posture of gratitude. There are a lot of little ways to remind yourself to be thankful. Some people journal them when they wake up. Some post little notes on the mirrorContinue reading “Making a ‘Thankful’ Viz”

Dynamic Borders

During a recent #MakeoverMonday challenge, I thought about the idea of using a view of the data in the title somehow, purely as a design element. There are many ways this could be done, and any number of chart types could work, depending on how you want it to look. I got the idea becauseContinue reading “Dynamic Borders”

The Baby Bump Chart

The following post is about the process of creating the viz Top 100 Baby Names 1969-2018. Click to view the interactive viz on Tableau Public! In my first several months of using Tableau, I did so exclusively for work-related projects. Most of it revolved around preparing reports of counts and descriptive statistics, and all entirelyContinue reading “The Baby Bump Chart”

The Icon

As I was brainstorming with my wife for a name for this blog, she suggested I also come up with an icon that would represent what this blog is about. On the theme of “views,” the idea of a sun rising above the horizon jumped to mind. I quickly made this sketch: I feel likeContinue reading “The Icon”

Why another dataviz blog?

I asked myself the same question. I’m new to data visualization, a little over a year in. I have spent that year as a consumer, greedily sucking down whatever resources I could come across on the web. And there are a lot of fantastic resources out there (I’ll dedicate a post to the blogs IContinue reading “Why another dataviz blog?”