In early February, in preparation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, #SportsVizSunday, co-run by James Smith, Simon Beaumont and Spencer Baucke, presented the challenge of visualizing the history of the Winter Olympics through the use of one of two data sets; “Medals by Athlete” or “Medals by Country.” After reviewing the data, my instinct was to attempt a chart type I hadn’t yet tried, but had admired for quite some time…the Sankey Chart. So, with the help of a few tutorials and some reverse-engineering, that’s exactly what I did and it’s the reason Sankey Charts are the focus of this edition of the Tableau Tips Directory.
Visualizations to Reverse-Engineer
Hopefully these resources will be as valuable to you as they were in helping me complete my first and second Sankey Charts!! There are likely other great Sankey Chart tips out there that I haven’t come across yet and if that’s the case, feel free to add a comment here, including the author of the tip and a link to the tip or Tweet me at @JtothaVizzo.
The Tableau/Data Viz community is simply amazing!! The quantity and quality of tips, tutorials, how to’s, etc. available at the click of a button is not only incredible for somebody working to improve their skills, but also can be a tad overwhelming when it comes to referencing them when the opportunity arises to put one into practice. I often find myself scrolling through Twitter or searching a blog, thinking, “I swear this is where I saw that!!” In the end, I usually end up finding what I was looking for, but a more organized approach to searching for these tips would be invaluable not only for myself, but also for others like me, who are honing their skills and frequently looking to practice new tips they’ve seen.
So, the purpose of this series of blog posts is to compile a list of Tableau tips I’ve come across and to give them a home, which will allow for quick reference in the future. The initial plan is to break the series up by chart type, beginning with the most basic types. A few important notes to consider;
- Charlie Hutcheson has a fantastic blog, LearningTableauBlog, where, in many of his posts, he includes links to valuable videos and blog posts;
- By no means is this series meant to be a copycat on any of Charlie’s fine work.
- Instead, the intent is to help myself stay more organized by collecting my favorite tips and storing them in one, easy to reach, place.
- However, it would be incredibly selfish to not share this with the rest of the community as well, particularly, those in similar shoes as my own.
- Lastly, in case you missed them, I would also like to point you to two other blog posts recently shared by Rebecca Roland and Mark Edwards. Rebecca’s Tableau Assistant Directory provides a list of tools and websites, while Mark’s DataViz Podcast Directory provides a list of various DataViz podcasts, all in one place. Both are fabulous resources, so be sure to check them out!!
This post on Line Charts will include some of the top Tableau tips I’ve seen from Andy Kriebel, Rody Zakovich and Ryan Sleeper. However, there are likely many other wonderful tips out there for Line Charts that I haven’t happened to come across yet. If that’s the case and you would like one added, feel free to add a comment here including the author of the tip and a link to the tip or Tweet me at @JtothaVizzo.