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