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Author: Mark Edwards

Scattered Plots: Links and Likes for April 2017

I have no fewer than six POV blogposts in draft that I need to get around to finishing, and I’m desperate to turn them around, but with the advent of another month it’s time to prioritise the articles and vizzes elsewhere that caught my eye. One of the challenges with becoming more immersed in the blogosphere and following many more contributors is that it’s so much harder to keep up with all the great content, but that does also mean stumbling upon even more amazing stuff. Here’s what caught my eye during April that I’d like to share my love for: Blogs 1) Using Colour To Tell A Better Story With Data by Colin Wojtowycz (@datawoj) Colin tells the story of one of his recent Makeover Monday vizzes, in particular reference to his colour choices. This was particularly pertinent for me as almost instantly after seeing this blog I’d been listening to an old Tableau Wannabe Podcast episode with Andy Cotgreave where he talked about exactly what Colin has done, using colour in relief against a grey. This blogpost cites excerpts from a number of dataviz books, that all contribute to the theory Colin applied. 2) Reshaping Your Data In Tableau by Joshua Milligan (@vizpainter) I really love challenging myself to reshape data in Tableau to create bespoke fields and hierarchies using calculated fields. Here, however, Joshua Milligan walks...

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Vizzing In Public Gets Attention

I’m not sure I can adequately express how much love I have for Tableau Public, but I’m going to give it a go. I published my first viz to Tableau Public on 12th September, 2016. I’d fiddled around with Tableau a little to that point, connecting to my own MySQL database, but not really vizzing in anger at all to that point. The week before, Pablo and I went along to the Tableau 10 Roadshow event in London, and one of the speakers (Andy Cotgreave?) referenced Makeover Monday. We’d not heard of it before that, but thought it sounded...

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