I've had a blast getting back into Tableau this year - and also plenty of fear.
It involved a couple of fairly intense months doing tutorials and endlessly playing with the product to get some confidence back. This spawned a smorgasbord of completely useless, utterly spurious visualisations that nonetheless had learning value.
To save wasting them, I've packaged my favourites and accompanying tutorials into a single workbook.
Before that, some apologies
The Tableau community has a rich seam of learning material. I couldn't possibly list every resource I've read since January on this small page.
So to all of you that ever took time to write anything about Tableau - THANK YOU!
On with the show...
Here's a collection of my favourite spurious visualisations and the tutorials I loved most along the way:
All the words to Lollipop
Tutorial: Negative space bar charts by Toan Hoang
Achieving great results in Tableau often involves a hack. This tutorial helped me learn to (quite literally) turn standard charts on their head to achieve new effects.
Tutorial: Sectional radar chart by Kevin Flerlage
Not a standard chart but I could imagine using it at work sometime. Following on from Toan's radial chart, this tutorial introduced me to the concept of "drawing" in Tableau. Not easy - but eye opening.
This is definitely one you could use at work. I admit I didn't get it completely polished but it's an amazingly powerful chart and a crash course in using actions. So much information in a tight space - love it.
Tutorial: Voronoi treemap by Tristan Guillevin
This process introduced me to the idea of using other tools to pre-process data for Tableau. It's freeing! And Tristan made it so easy to play with. Great work.
American Airports, 1776
Okay, so this wasn't from a tutorial. I stumbled on transparency with shape files and went down a rabbit hole to create a stupid old map.
(There's a use for this somewhere. Let me know if you find it)
Tutorial: Better scatter plots by Ryan Sleeper
I had to remind myself Tableau is for work and Ryan's blog is packed with the kind of practical tips you'll use in a production environment. This scatter plot improvement is just one example of going the extra yard for users.