General Discussions

Be careful what you amplify

By |2020-07-20T12:20:04+00:00July 19th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues, Makeovers|

Be careful what you amplify And some thoughts on color palettes / color ramps Background This tweet got a lot of attention recently (see https://twitter.com/andishehnouraee/status/1284237474831761408?s=20) Figure 1 -- Tweet suggesting that Georgia is trying to hide something. While I did not retweet it, I did blindly chime in that this looked like gross incompetence, [...]

Should you use dashboards to tell stories or to find stories?

By |2020-04-29T17:27:30+00:00April 29th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

Should you use dashboards to tell stories or to find stories? You can’t tell a good story if you don’t understand the data, and a good dashboard will help you understand the data, faster. My thanks to Adam McCann, Athan Mavrantonis, Andy Cotgreave, and Jeffrey Shaffer for reviewing and providing feedback. Why do we [...]

The person I watch, the people I follow, and the sites I follow

By |2020-03-30T13:52:55+00:00March 29th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues|

Overview I've written previously about how difficult it can be not to get sucked into the 24/7 Coronavirus vortex. I'm trying to be mindful of who and what I follow and wanted to share this. The person I watch I encourage you to watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's daily press briefings, even if [...]

Why you should continue to listen to music, read good books, and post funny videos

By |2020-03-24T14:51:42+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Health and Social Issues|

Why you should continue to listen to music, read good books, and post funny videos As I sit sequestered in my home with my wife and dog, I find myself sucked into a funk as every conversation, news article, twitter post, etc., is about the Coronavirus. Right now, music, TV, books, and work all [...]

Simple Synchronized Scrolling in Tableau

By |2020-02-17T02:16:16+00:00January 14th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions|

January 14, 2020 Overview Going back to 2013 I’ve had a “wish list” that Tableau has either addressed (navigation buttons, collapsible / expandable containers) or is about to address (dynamic parameters and server-side animation). One feature request that still remains unmet is being able to change the width of individual columns on a worksheet. [...]

Give. Yourself. A Break.

By |2020-02-17T02:16:56+00:00January 6th, 2020|Business Visualizations, General Discussions|

December 31, 2019 So many tools, technologies, and initiatives Are you trying to learn and / or keep up with any of these tools, technologies, initiatives, and features? TableauPowerBIQlikMicrostrategyLooker, FlourishD3AlteryxTableau PrepTableau ServerKnimeRSPSSMapboxPythonAIMachine LearningSQL ServerPostgresJSONData Visualization SocietyMakeover MondayWorkout WednesdaySWD ChallengeIronQuestIronVizSports Viz Sundayset actionsviz animationsparameter actionsdynamic parametersspatial functionsetc. Just keeping up with one of these can [...]

DON’T center, right-align, or justify text on a dashboard

By |2020-02-15T20:56:49+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Business Visualizations, General Discussions, Makeovers|

Or at least have a very good reason for doing so. Note: My observations are for dashboards in languages where one reads from left to right. If you create dashboards in Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, etc., just reverse everything. IMPORTANT: Since posting I've received lots of feedback on this. I want to clarify that [...]