Everyone loves a good story! Data storytelling and personal storytelling – sometimes both!
I was part of a conversation recently where something like this was said: “We need a data model that will bring all of our data together so that we can analyze risk and do predictive analytics… No, just build the model, don’t worry about using Tableau – we’ll do that after you build the model […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Wow! I’m still stunned to have won the first IronViz feeder contest for 2017! And excited! And humbled. And honored. Wow! Thank you to everyone who has had kind words of encouragement! You can read some broad description of my entry here: The Changing Shape of History: From the Colonies to the United States. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I previously shared the fun I had with Tableau 10.2’s ability to connect to spatial files. In that case, I used historic shape files from the Newberry Library’ repository of historical county boundaries files. When I saw that the first Iron Viz feeder contest would feature spatial file visualization, I knew I already had an interesting data […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Recently, I gave a presentation on storytelling with data visualization. I described the elements of a story, how to leverage the power of telling stories, and how to avoid dangers of data storytelling. Here is the story I shared:Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Stories are powerful. They connect an audience with people, facts, emotions and action. They help us understand difficult concepts and relationships. They help us make connections between things we wouldn’t otherwise. And we remember stories far better than we remember raw facts. Quick: list the last five vice presidents of the United States. Now tell […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Tableau 10.2 is almost here! And it’s time to celebrate! One thing I’ve always wanted to do in Tableau is create interactive historical maps that changed based on the selected time-frame. We are fairly familiar with the shape of things now – countries, states, counties – but how did things look in the past? What […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Fun with spatial files in Tableau 10.2
Tableau Conference 2016 is over and I’m still digesting everything I saw, giddy with excitement over the new features that were previewed, and already looking forward to seeing everyone again at #Data17 in Vegas! I was deeply honored to present a session at conference (Fun or Serious? How to use both to improve your dashboards) […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Have you noticed my blogging frequency has been down in the last few months? Have you missed me on Twitter? Wonder why I haven’t done a lot more webinars? Or likely you haven’t missed me a bit! Well, the reason you haven’t seen much of me is that for the last few months I’ve been busy wrapping up writing, […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
I grew up watching Bob Ross and as I watched him mix colors and beat brushes, I knew that I could be an artist. He had such an optimism, excitement, and passion. And he knew that he could inspire others to have the same. Now, most often, my paint is data and my canvas and brush […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
Finding the Data Story Who doesn’t love politics? The latest in the round of IronViz feeders from Tableau features this as the theme. I’ll admit, it was hard for me to be enthusiastic about politics at first, but after a scavenger hunt for political data, I came across something that had me excited to tell […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.