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A few weeks ago, Tableau featured the LinkedIn Top Skills report as a Makeover Monday challenge.
For my interpretation, I wanted to compare top global skills across countries; I wanted to see if there were any major variations between top global skills and the countries in the report. I chose a dot plot for this visualization because it easily allows you to see all of the skills across all countries and simultaneously compare them to the global average. Using color, we can also easily show which skills are below the global average. For example, we can easily see that Cloud & Distributed Computing is below average in China.
After using Andy Kriebel's excellent tutorial on ranked dot plots, my finished result looks like this:
Now the design looks nice and clean. These tweaks achieve a few things including:
This is when I ran into a predicament. I wanted to be able to show the marks for the ranks, but I didn't necessarily want to clutter the design by showing all of the marks.
After I labeled everything, the visualization looks like this:
This looks very cluttered to me. Applying a few hover highlight actions can help maintain the clean look while enhancing usability.
Let's take a look how it's done.
This will cause the marks to appear when clicking on the dashboard.
Now for the magic of Tableau's highlight actions. Click on the Dashboard menu option and click Actions.
Feel free to download the workbook and comment with any questions.