Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Revisiting Sparklines in Tableau

In the Seattle Times print edition (various days), there is a interesting micro chart in the business section which, for a 52 week stock price range, shows a circle on a range of "low to high". (I cannot seem to find an online example of this chart)... It's really a 0 to 100 percentile. The circle is the last price of the stock, and the range is the lowest to highest for the date range. At a glance you can get a sense of where the stock currently is along the date spectrum. I have recreated that concept below. Also thrown in is a sparkline. These viz make use of Tableau Table Calculations, of course.

This viz is set to 400x150 - nice and micro! - the concept could be quite useful for online media outlets. Download the workbook to study the solution. Enjoy!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Cells Gone Bad...

Part of me is almost embarrassed to post this. But part of me is like "yeah, why not - take that silly rabbit!"...

No part of me is going to post any type of description of the solution, because it's not best practice; it's not very pretty; and it's just not that cool... luckily you can download the workbook and play around.

hint: use the scrollbars...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Alan Smithee Presents hit a quarter million page visits this week. He is enthralled and also loves it when we talk about him in the third person. Let's take a moment to remember all those forgotten features, websites, memes, viz types, and other assorted socio politics -visual errata from years gone by... ok now please stop doing that.

Thanks for all the great clickings on the 'puters!! We loves our alter ego. It's pppprrrrrecious to us!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Team Geiger Rides Again...

Over two years ago I gave a shout out to Team Geiger in this blog post. Well, this team of superstars has updated their awesome workbook to version 8. Lots of new viz types, both functional and business.

Check it out...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Modulo Function

I'm trying to make sense of a) the world we live in, and b) the modulo function in Tableau - all in one fell swoop. The viz below is the best I could come up with. Print out your very own geopolitical bingo card. Chances are good that you will get five in a row in any given news week...