IronViz

IronViz is Tableau's premier public participation data visualisation contest.  At each Tableau Conference, in Europe and in the USA, three contestants fight it out to build the best visualisation using a pre-defined dataset - in only 20 minutes!  In order to get there a series of three feeder competitions are held - the winner of each getting a place on the finals stage.

This is the first time I've entered the competition - we're currently at the second feeder competition stage and the theme is music.  Perhaps the hardest part is finding some data that allows you to tell a compelling story.  I was fortunate in that after a short amount of time on Google I came across a Tableau visualisation made by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  Thankfully the author allowed me to download the visualisation and the data.  The dataset was comprehensive and I knew I could make a good story out if it.  So, in fact this IronViz entry is also a kind of #MakeOverMonday.  Take a look at the original here: https://www.riaa.com/u-s-sales-database/

Let's be clear, I started this not wanting or expecting to win - but to allow me to get slightly more creative than I would ordinarily be able to do on client sites.  I wanted to tell a story and present the data in a long-form way (i.e. not a massively interactive visualisation) that was visually compelling and also had a lot of commentary along side it.  I also wanted to be able to try out techniques that I'd not used before, and having taken design inspiration from other members of the Tableau Community - wanted to deploy my version of these design techniques.

 

Here's what I came up with:  

 

 

It's on Tableau Public here: https://public.tableau.com/profile/chris.dunigan#!/vizhome/IronVizEntry-Music/RIAAMusicRevenues and freely available to download.

 

Good luck to all the IronViz entrants - can't wait to see the selection of entries.  Perhaps there's a blog post comparing and contrasting to come...  Check out https://www.tableau.com/iron-viz for more information about IronViz

 

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