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Notes from Tableau Senior Software Engineer David Dunham on #TCC11. Also see notes from the session shared by Rich Tatum (@RichTatum) at Evernote.
Jeff Pettiross (@pettiross), a user interface designer at Tableau, talked on how to "Share the Love" with user experience design. He had 5 basic tips:
Specifically to add some love to a viz: give things friendly names, and call out items of interest with annotations.
Tableau lets you not only construct flow within a page, but across pages. Create an action that goes across sheets. Or add a URL action as part of drilling down on interesting data points.
There was time for Q&A. Jeff recommended Few and Tufte, as well as Donald Norman’s Design of Every Day Things.
What should someone look for when hiring someone to put all this in practice? Unfortunately there isn’t specific college prep, but a design background is good. Look for passion for paying attention to detail and caring how you come across. This is an area where a generalist would do well.