It feels great to be back with the Big Viz Energy. I hope Mr. Milchick will organize an Egg Bar Social, and a handshake will be available upon request after completing the Severance file. Macrodata Refinement has reached quota by the end of the quarter, and that gantt chart did bend after all!
Using photos: a love & hate relationship
Have you heard about the “picture superiority effect”? Concepts presented with visuals or pictures are better learned and more easily recalled than those without. Dare to use images, but use them right, and don’t overuse!
How to start building a new dashboard for clients?
I collected all the questions that in a dream world I’d like to get answers to before start building a dashboard. I divided them into four sections (technical setup, purpose, audience, and development) and included a one-pager of the blog post. Without knowing these, for me, it’s just pure luck if I can calculate the effort right.
Spicing up dashboard titles
I tried to come up with some dashboard title variations, to emphasize that titles can be more than big ass letters. There are so many creative ways to make them beautiful, we just have to look at some good UI implementations.
I watched the season finale of Westworld yesterday evening and was quite nervous the whole day, as this came out as one of the lowest-rated episodes of the series (correction from this morning: it is the lowest-rated episode of all time).
Farewell to Modern Family
I can’t believe Modern Family has come to an end after 11 years. I was growing up with this show, and even though the episodes started to get weaker at the end, I still enjoyed every minute of it. Even though I’m a mixture of Claire and Alex, my favorite characters were Phil and Luke… maybe Lily, as she turned out to be quite a savage teenager.
Taking your design skills to the next level in Tableau
I keep a close watch on what’s happening in UI / UX and graphic design, because the trends in these areas are the trends that can make your dashboards sexy.
Does money make us happy?
This is my weekly Makeover Monday submission, I really liked the topic. Also, this means that that’s my 3rd in a row, so wooohooo! It’s striking, that poor, but happy and rich, but sad are basically non-existent categories.
Is it time for a panic switch?
Hungary declared state of emergency because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is okay to be afraid of the COVID19, but it’s also okay not to feel panicked about it. Anyway, I made a chart in Tableau for both the worriers and the super laid back dudes out there!
I Am Not Okay With This
In developing countries a higher ratio of women thinks they deserve to be hit than men. I’m not saying it’s our fault that a lot of women suffer from domestic violence for the slightest reasons, but everything starts with respecting ourselves. To all the women out there: you deserve so much better!
Sleepless in school
I rarely feel the urge to take on the weekly Makeover Monday challenge as the topics usually get me down (dying, lack of sanitation, homelessness, trials…), but this seemed to be too cute to pass.
Do the Rosling
Despite all the bad news, we’re facing every day due to the broad media coverage of our modern times, the world is getting better in so many ways. This visualization shows how life expectancy is rising all over the globe in the past 5 decades, while the fertility rate is going down. The causes of these trends root in several factors, but one thing is for sure: we’re living longer than any generations before us.
All the books I’ve read before
Why get out of bed when you can read about people who got out of bed? This pretty much sums up my past weeks, so I decided to make a visualization from an idea that has spent a long time on my to-do list. I put together a database from all the books I’ve read since 2009 (the year I started using moly) and it turned out that the 278 titles almost add up to 100 000 pages.
Koalas are getting extinct
Koalas are getting functionally extinct after the massive bushfires in Australia and it’s the saddest news of November. According to the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) there are no more than 80,000 animals are left living in the wild, which leaves the species functionally extinct. The term means that their population declined to a point, where they […]
Prototyping in Figma
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with one of the most popular prototyping tools, Figma. It has a very steep learning curve (especially if you have an Adobe background, as the shortcuts and mechanisms work pretty much the same), and we can quickly draw high fidelity wireframes from scratch to show the clients how the actual product […]
I had an urgent dashboard redesign request for a conference. This was the first time for me using small multiple donut charts, and it took hours until I managed to fit the labels (with help). One useful advice: don’t forget to check for blanks if texts get messed up! Two charts were showing the exact […]
The Coal Phase Out
Best practice at it’s best! Having a look at Britain’s rapidly decreasing coal consumption is a jaw-dropping view and an example to follow. This topic was the weekly Makeover Monday exercise, I owe a big thanks to my colleague, Bela for helping me create this faceted (or small multiples) area chart. Click to explore the […]
The rapid loss of bees due to the extensive usage of pesticides could soon lead to extinction, that scientists say, would also mean the end of humanity. The explanation is easy, out of the 100 crop species that provide us with 90% of our food, 35% are pollinated by bees, birds and bats. The formula […]
Americans (not) having sex
I had nothing else to do, so I took last week’s Makeover Monday challenge. I’m not that satisfied with the outcome, but spent so much time drawing these icons, that I’m posting it anyway. Here’s the Tableau Public link.
I had one day to make a fully designed dashboard from scratch, that was quite a challenge. Usually I just have a look at the data, let it sink in and I’ll get back to the task when I came up with a data design. For this I had only 6 hours from the first […]
Warm up time! This is my first Tableau dashboard for a year now, and I chose such a nice topic as a dataviz workout! I was cycling home on Monday wearing just a T-shirt, watched everything bloom around me and thought, how cool it would be if I had data to visualize the average breast […]
Driver behaviour analysis
This week I was working on a fleet management dashboard (from data generation and masking to UI) in Power BI and had a really hard time with the design this time. The original report that we wanted to improve contained only one chart, a heatmap in Excel and that was a core element that needed […]
Who are my churners?
Another Power BI demo dashboard fresh out of the oven! All telco companies need to have focused retention programs to mitigate the risk of losing customers by profiling and predicting churners and taking preventive actions. This dashboard lets you analyze the profiles of people who left within the last month (churners) versus the ones who […]
Utilization dashboard design
At the beginning of this year, I got a project to prepare a decent looking demo dashboard in Power BI for our company to use at presales meetings. I chose the topic of utilization as it’s something everyone is interested in, regardless of the industry they’re working in. Tracking the productivity and efficiency of employees […]
No driving licence needed
Yes, this colour scheme seems to be a current obsession, but I promise it will pass eventually. Last week I was asked to visualize the results of our car racing simulator at Starschema, and having the first glimpse of the data, I saw there’s not that much in it for a jaw-dropping viz. On the […]
Tableau meets Superheroes
Last week I saw a comic styled map on mapbox, and just like every fellow superhero fan would do, I called J.A.R.V.I.S. to prepare the data I can use this cool thingy on… Just kidding, it took me 2 days to build the dataset from IMDB and I single-handedly copied and pasted more than 400 filming […]