I was recently inspired by Andy Rash’s @iotacons when I came across his low rez portraits of US presidents. Realizing that we were so close to Presidents Day, I starting pulling together data and reached out to Andy for his approval to use his artwork.
This week’s #MakeoverMonday challenge was based on an article that indicated that Travel Agents are a thing of the past. The chart showed the relationship of online hotel revenue compared to the number of travel agents from 2000-2014. Based on the data, I agreed that there was a sharp decline in agents. However, for the past three years the number of agents has remained fairly constant and in fact increased in 2014. When I set the Y-Axis to start at zero, we can see that there are still a lot of agents remaining while online hotel revenue continues to grow.
Take a look around the web and you will see that there are a lot of us trying to keep up with the #MakeoverMonday challenges. I thought about this one for a while today before I went to implement the design. Even then I struggled with a few variations and felt like I could do many more. Luckily others have built out some of those ideas, so I can see how the options stack up.
Here is my version, but please read on to see the original…
Here is my shot at the first week’s #Makeover Monday challenge from Andy Kriebel.
The story was based off of how much value Bryce Harper brought to the team vs. what he was paid. Thinking about the concept of ‘making it personal’ from one of the TC15 sessions that I watched recently, I decided to add interactivity to make the viz more engaging. I also tend to like the ‘big number’ style summary statistics at the top so I included those here.
Have you ever been frustrated with that light blue background when you select something in Tableau? This is particularly problematic when you have white text, because you can’t read the selection. Recently I figured out that I can use a fully transparent shape to change this effect. I’m sure that someone else must have figured this out by now, but I’ll share my technique here.
Take this awesome phone ready dashboard example by Zen Master Kelly Martin. On my phone it looks great, but it is really easy to fat finger selecting a KPI and then it makes the text white on a light blue background. So let’s take 2 minutes to fix that.
While there are a number of great posts on how to create a custom color palette in Tableau, they don’t necessarily give you examples to start with. I have taken 25 different color palettes from around the web and added them into this single dashboard in hopes to inspire future Visualizations. If you have other palettes to share, list the HEX numbers in the comments below.
In preparation of the 2015 Iron Viz competition, Tableau Public is hosting their first qualifier. The first challenge is to create a Viz from Wikipedia data.
This is my first attempt to participate in this type of Tableau challenge, and I knew going into it that I have a lot to learn. It is pretty clear to me that this won’t be winning material, but I’m okay with it being good practice.