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Edition #3: 28 Jul 2020
☀️ Happy Tuesday and welcome to Vizard weekly Edition #3, curated content on Data visualization/Tableau/Power BI/ Clearing interviews and career growth in general. Oh and some fun too 😍
If you missed past editions, you can catch up here. Otherwise, let’s dive in.
⚙️ Favorite Tool
Rapiddox is my is my favorite tool to generate Tableau/Power BI documentation in seconds. Highly recommend it if you want to avoid grunt work, save more time and actually sound smart in your team.
📙 Excerpt from Visualize This
Designing with a Purpose
When you start, it’s easy to get excited about your end result. You want something amazing, beautiful, and interesting to look at, and this is great; but you can’t do any of that if you have no idea what you’re visualizing.
Don’t assume your readers know everything or that they can spot features in your graphic. This is especially true with the web because people are used to clicking on the next thing. That’s not to say that people won’t spend time looking at data.
At its most basic level, visualization is turning data, which can be numbers, text, categories, or any variety of things, into visual elements. Some visual cues work better than others, but applicability also varies by data set.
Consider the audience, the data in front of you, and ask yourself whether the final graphic makes sense. Does it tell you what you want to know? If yes, then great. If no, go back to the drawing board and figure out what would make the graphic better so that it answers the questions you have about the data. Ultimately, it’s all about your goals for the graphic, what story you want to tell, and who you tell it to. Take all of the above into account—and you’re golden.
At the core of all your favorite data graphics is a data type and a visualization method that you now know how to work with. You can build on these for more advanced and complex graphics. Add interactions, combine plots, or complement your graphics with photographs and words to add more context. Remember: Data is simply a representation of real life.
📊 Data Visualization Stuff
Use Tableau server to create large extracts (and win the battle)
How to learn designing nice reports
Here is Phil from the Power BI Customer Advisory Team (CAT) at Microsoft. Ask him anything!
Taking questions about anything Power BI related, especially DAX or data modelling.
What’s the best way for a handful of team members to work on the same PBX file?
Who is hiring? – Current hiring companies
Who wants to be hired? – Leave your details here if you are looking to get hired
Freelance gigs – If you are looking for freelance work
👨🔬 Interesting Stuff
Controlling Happiness: A Study of 1,155 Respondents
The best (& worst) countries for raising a family (2020)
What scientists know about the inner workings of the pathogen that has infected the world
😛 Fun Stuff
Things Unexpectedly Named After People
How FLASH GAMES shaped the video game industry
👋 End Note
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