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Does (dashboard) size matter?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

Does (dashboard) size matter?

While working for numerous clients we are always faced with the issue of designing dashboards for numerous screen sizes, on a number of different devices, for a number of different purposes. The dashboard size setting is an often overlooked part of Tableau that can have a major effect on your visualisation outcome. There is no point creating a beautiful viz that illustrates a major problem or benefit to the CEO of a major company if they then can’t see this as the dashboard size is set incorrectly. Firstly, let’s look at where this option is located in Tableau. Create a new dashboard and you...

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Show Me How: Continuous Lines

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Show Me How: Continuous Lines

This post in the ’Show Me How’ series of The Information Lab discusses continuous lines. Being a line chart, it is used to display the development (trend) of a phenomenon over time. What do we need exactly for a continuous line chart? Tableau’s ‘Show Me’ panel tells us that the essential ‘ingredients’ are a date field and a measure. The foundation of the continuous line chart is a continuous date field. In Tableau we can show dates in discrete and continuous way. What is the difference? A discrete date field is a blue pill and it creates a header in your view...

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Show Me How: Side-by-side circles

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015

Show Me How: Side-by-side circles

We continue the ’Show Me How’ series of The Information Lab with side-by-side circles that are conventionally called dot plots (just like the circle view). This chart type is another type of the circle view, enabling us to add more dimensions or more measures compared to a circle view. Similarly to either a circle view or a scatter plot, side-by-side circles are effectively pointing out outliers. This means that we benefit the most from this view when we work with granular data at a relatively low level of detail, though that is not a prerequisite for a side-by-side circle chart. Let’s see...

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Alteryx 101 for Excel Users

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

Alteryx 101 for Excel Users

A downloadable crib sheet helping Excel users get started with Alteryx

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Iron Viz – The History of the English Football League

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015

Iron Viz – The History of the English Football League

Every year Tableau have a set of competition to find their three Iron Viz competitors for the  Tableau Conference. The start of this years set has just been announced and has the theme of “found data” from Wikipedia. I have decided to enter and you can find my entry below, click on it to enter the interactive version.   Inspiration No idea is new and this is definitely true in data visualisation, we absorb and learn as we find new and interesting content in our field and so it would be fair to say the idea for this visualisation was seeded from several others I’ve seen...

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Show Me How: Circle Views

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015

Show Me How: Circle Views

We take a look at the Circle View in Tableau, great for viewing a distribution of data points along an axis.

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