So, as anyone who has either taken a Tableau class with me or has read my blog posts knows, I go ballistic when I see anyone use a red/green divergent color palette.

So, it’s great to see people using Tableau’s color-blind palette, but we need to get something straight:

Dark Blue == Good, Lots

Dark Orange == Bad, Few

I’m seeing examples where people are applying the colors in  reverse, and, well, that’s just wrong (in my not-so-humble opinion).  Think about it: when was the last time you saw a danger sign flash in royal blue vs. red or orange?

While I’m on the soap box, I want to sing the praises of the simple highlight table.  Consider this:

I love this type of visualization because it’s so easy to see which combinations of sub-product / region are performing well and which are doing poorly.  In other words this passes the “can I grok it from the back of the conference room” test.