Highlights from the #DataLessons You Shared

Note: This piece is part of Back-to-School Month here on Tableau Public.

When we asked you to share #DataLessons (advice for people starting their data journey), the wisdom started flowing in! And once again, we were reminded of what a generous and thriving community we have.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced vizzer, we are sure that some of these tips will resonate with you as much as they did with us! Here are the highlights.

It's All About People (and Feedback)

The words "people" and "community" came up frequently in your tweets. As in every learning process, we progress through discussions and debates we have with like-minded people. Peers give us support and feedback to help us grow. As a newbie in the Tableau Public community, you will find plenty of ways to interact with other users. Share you work. Give feedback. Ask questions.

#datalessons Always be open, but also always question. Because like people, if not understood, data can appear false/fake/a lie. https://t.co/tdXmhMpdXZ

— Victor Allen (@alenurd) September 23, 2016

Data Visualization: A Mix of Methodology and Creativity

Many of your tips also addressed dashboard design. Data visualization requires both cerebral hemispheres to work together as it involves both logical thinking and artistic endeavor. The #DataLessons you shared highlighted both methodology and creativity as key elements of data visualization.

#DataLessons and Life Lessons

Finally, here's some advice that could apply to using Tableau and to living the good life:

Oscar Wilde once said, "The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself." You exemplified this beautifully. But sorry, Oscar, we'll let Bridget Cogley have the last word here:

Thank you again to our generous community members for sharing their advice!

Head over to Twitter to check out the full stream of #DataLessons.