How to make a Calendar Timeline in Tableau

There are many unique ways to make timelines using Tableau. There’s: the classic the curvy the scrolling lollipops gantt charts vertical timelines classic timelines half-circle or bubbly timelines stacked bars and bump charts There’s all kinds of calendars too: as squares gantts single months Planners and other planners Using parameters and more parameters and withContinue reading “How to make a Calendar Timeline in Tableau”

Holiday lights display guide map

A couple weeks ago when looking for data on holiday light displays, I came across a website that showed a list of different houses and locations in Minnesota that were displaying lights this holiday season. The website had a little map made with batchgeo, showing the locations of displays as well as a table view:Continue reading “Holiday lights display guide map”

Behind the viz: Sketching pay inequality

This was an idea I had for the #MakeoverMonday week 37 topic, but didn’t have the tools to make. Having recently got an apple pencil, I decided to revisit this week’s topic and see if I could put the idea to, well, e-paper. The data set comes from the School Workforce Census conducted by theContinue reading “Behind the viz: Sketching pay inequality”

Refer to different sheets in a tooltip

[Edit: The following sadly only works in Desktop and will not work once published to Server, Online, nor Public. Thanks to Ken Flerlage for pointing this out.] It is possible to show different sheets in a tooltip depending on which mark you hover over. The trick is to use the Tableau code generated from insertingContinue reading “Refer to different sheets in a tooltip”

Add polygons to a scatterplot for visibility

Scatterplots are great, but what if you have a lot of marks clustered together? It can sometimes be difficult to pick out the x- and y-axis values, as well as make your marks stand out. Enter polygons. As an add on to a scatterplot, four-sided polygons can make the axes’ values and the marks moreContinue reading “Add polygons to a scatterplot for visibility”

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”

Make a button with a set and set action

It’s possible to swap buttons with a set and a set action by: Choosing a dimension with two members or filtering down to two members Creating a set with one of those members in the set Changing the mark type to shape Placing the set on columns Placing the dimension that is in the setContinue reading “Make a button with a set and set action”

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”

What is Seasonal Adjustment? Part 1

In this week’s #MakeoverMonday challenge, we were presented with a data set from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). In both the Makeover Monday’s and ONS’s data set pages, there is very little description other than the data set’s title, “UK visits abroad: All visits Thousands-SA.” It is extremely important to note that theContinue reading “What is Seasonal Adjustment? Part 1”