January 31, 2023

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Welcome to Best Tableau Web! Every month we showcase amazing output from the Tableau community, including blogs, podcasts, and even videos. This month we take things to the next level and recognize community members who have written books on data!

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I have just received the latest DataFam title, Functional Aesthetics for Data Visualization, written by Vidya Setlur and Bridget Cawgli. A beautiful combination of research, theory and practice, it provides a resource for understanding the perception, cognition and consumption of visual analytics. Functional aesthetics goes far beyond the charts to see how we can make our visuals more effective and impactful.

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This book is the latest in a growing list of books by DataFam, and I’m curious—how many of these books are on your shelves, too?

Tableau Desktop

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The first DataFam title I bought was Ryan Schleiper’s Practical Tableau which continues to serve as my go-to resource for all things Tableau Desktop. The sequel, Innovative Tableau, is equally spectacular. Since then, Andy Kribel and Eva Murray have given us #MakeoverMonday, which includes lessons learned through the Makeover Monday Community Project by DataFam. And don’t forget Lorna Brown’s Tableau Desktop Cookbook and Anne Jackson and Luke Stankey’s Tableau Strategies.

Tableau Preparation and Tableau Server

Carl Allchin’s Tableau Prep: Up and Running gives you everything you need to know about preparing your data using Tableau Prep. In Maximizing Tableau Server, Patrick Sarsfield and Brandi Looker explore Tableau Server’s features and functions to ensure that users and administrators get the most value out of their server environments.

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data basics

For those new to data visualization, Steve Wexler’s The Big Picture focuses on how people in leadership roles can use visual analytics. This explains why we need more than just numbers to make data-driven decisions. This book is useful to me when talking to consumers of data who need learning resources. For those interested in data literacy, Ben Jones wrote a series of books on the subject, including Data Literacy Fundamentals, Learning to View Data, and Avoiding Data Falls.

Every time I see a new book from Datafam I am the first to preorder. I know how high quality it will be and how much value it will add to my growing analytics bookcase. So for those of you working on a book, or thinking about writing one, I wish you great success!

And now, let’s take a look at where all these amazing writers got their start, with a wealth of quality content from the Datafam blogosphere. Don’t forget to check out our list of the best Tableau Web blogs to follow. If you don’t see yours on the list, we invite you to add it here.

Calculation formatting, design, storytelling inspiration Preparation tips and tricks isolate a map component for Tableau

Sarah Battersby, guest blogs on The Fleurledge Twins

Let’s make a Marimeco chart!

Donna Coles, Donna + Datawiz

How to Create a Gradient Area Chart in Tableau (Kizley Benedict)

Kizzle Benedict, guest blogger at The Fleurledge Twins

Where were the most active COVID-19 cases?

Donna Coles, Donna + Datawiz

Create an Embedded Navigation Bar Using Web Objects

Don Harrington, Tech Tips Girl

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It depends: swapping KPIs with BAN selectors

Brian Moore, Do Mo(o)re with Data

Parameter Actions: Geographic Drill Down in Tableau

Andy Kribel, VizWiz

Tableau Sets: A Comprehensive Guide

Eric Parker, OneNumber

How to Create Secondary Axis in Tableau without Duplicating Numbers

Jeffrey Shaffer, Data + Science

Can You Build a Waterfall Pipeline Using Salesforce Data?

Donna Coles, Donna + Datawiz

How to create a dot plot with mean lines in Tableau

Eric Parker, OneNumber

Comparing change between time periods with scatterplot

Andy Kribel, VizWiz

how to display count in tableau

Eric Parker, Number One


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