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Do you see a frog or a horse?
Note: The following is a guest post by Tableau Zen Master Joshua Milligan.
It is amazing the difference a single change to a data visualization can make. Sometimes it changes the whole story, or at least gives a totally new perspective. Even a small tweak to your viz can uncover new perspectives and new data stories.
Take, for example, this view:
Notice the variations:
Now consider the similarities:
The only thing that’s really changed is the origin of the lines.
And yet, the data story that is told is very different.
This story is focused on “when” and “how many," and there are certain aspects of the story that are relatively easy to see:
But contrast that with this story:
This story is focused on “how fast” and there are different aspects of the story that are easy to see:
And now consider one final tweak that enhances the story in other ways:
Notice how the animation adds a few elements to the story:
Now you’ve seen my example. What examples do you have? What existing data visualizations do you have that could tell a different story if they were tweaked? What answers can you uncover in the data based on different visualizations?
So go home, take out your old data vizzes, and experiment! Let me know what you uncover!
And of course, you’d like to know how to build the relative time series and even animate it, wouldn’t you? You’d even like me to give you a Tableau workbook? Absolutely! That’s the next post on my blog, vizpainter.com.