Verse 5 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

GET THE SHAPES IN A ROW RAMON {MARTINEZ} Strip plots are great for organizing hierarchies of information in a small space. Ordering different size data sets is simple (a heatmap leaves lots of empty boxes). Size and color gradients are the #2 and #3 easiest to interpret visual elements. This is similar to using bar charts […]

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Verse 4 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

MAKE IT AN XY ROBITAILLE {RYAN} XY scatter plots are my go-to favorite.  They deliver a high density of information with clarity! Location (xy) is the easiest and fastest visualization trait for us to interpret. You can immediately see clusters of over-performers and under-performers. We have flexibility to apply additional traits, like size, to focus on what’s important. […]

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Verse 3 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Here’s another way to look at the bars in our very popular first verse! Bars charts are almost always an excellent substitute for pie charts (image at bottom of post). With one glance, it is super-simple to compare values within and across all elements. Eliminates a ton of wasted visual energy to look back and […]

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Verse 2 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Treemaps are an attention-getting change of pace (compared to pie charts-image at bottom of post). Compact delivery of information using size and color — two powerful visual properties. Eliminates a ton of wasted visual energy to look back and forth across the pie charts. Downside can be limited space to see all labels (without just […]

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Verse 1 of 10+ Ways to Leave Your Pie Chart

Bars charts are almost always an excellent substitute for pie charts (image at bottom of post). With one glance, it is super-simple to compare values within and across all elements. Eliminates a ton of wasted visual energy to look back and forth across the pie charts. We need three colors instead of 17! and could […]

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One day at Tapestry Conference blew my mind – a few tweets

100 enlightened thinkers — and genuinely nice folks — connected for one day to share ideas about storytelling and data visualization.  Thank you Tableau Software for sponsoring the conference. #tapestryconf where data and storytelling come together #tapestryconf @pilhofer measure your audience to know that your stories are successful and apply the learning #tapestryconf @lawnrocket got […]

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Do not set and forget. Improve your Tableau work over time.

I was combining multiple exposures of my Grand Canyon photos to create one better image. Consider alternatives to your dashboard. With the power of Tableau, it’s almost too easy to bring up a data set, build a dashboard, then publish your work. There is a cost though to this freedom and we trap ourselves without […]

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Telling a story? First be clear on your message.

I attended my nephew’s baby naming a few weeks ago.  How do you name your visuals? With all the advancements in creating visuals, there has been almost zero progress in how people title those visuals. Is “Trends for 6 months” really adding value? That should be obvious from the visual! This problem ties back to […]

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