Happy New Year!

We’re excited to be back with our first challenge of 2022! Yes, we’re already in February but we’re starting the year a little later than usual as we paused in January to make way for the #IronViz feedback contest.

As I write this, the #IronViz feeder contest is drawing to a close. So far it’s been fantastic to see the many different ways participants have interpreted the theme “Visualizing the Arts”. I can’t wait for the blog post to browse all of the vizzes in one place! I hope some #IronQuest participants took the plunge and entered the competition this year!

The Theme

I’m excited to announce this months’ #IronQuest theme is ‘Re-Viz-It’. 

This month, we’re challenging you to re-visit an older viz from your portfolio and re-create it with the #IronViz scoring criteria in mind; design, storytelling and analysis. Perhaps you’ve built up your Tableau skills over the months or years and recognise that your earlier vizzes weren’t your best work (in comparison to what you can do now). We all started somewhere and very few people are able to build fantastic visualisations from day 1 (I know my early vizzes left a lot to be desired)! This challenge is designed to provide you with an opportunity to return to those vizzes and create a new and improved version. This is also a great way to showcase your skill progression and emphasise how your skills have grown over time. Better still, you shouldn’t need to source or prep any data for this challenge as you’ll already have it available to you.

If you don’t have a portfolio of vizzes to work with, or would prefer a different challenge, we have options for you too! Instead of recreating your own work, you could try and redesign one of the vizzes shared on the Tableau Accelerators Tableau Public page or on the Tableau Exchange. These vizzes, shared by Tableau or by Tableau Partners, are designed to offer a starting point for visualising industry or department-specific data. Re-imaging these vizzes is great practice and also a great way to test out different techniques and Tableau functionality that you could potentially use at work.

I can’t wait to see all of your new and improved vizzes!

If you need some inspiration to help you to get started, keep reading.


Inspiration

Below we’ve collected some vizzes from the community which represent the theme to inspire you. 

Click on any of the viz images to view them in full on Tableau Public.

First up is this viz by CJ Mayes which visualises 20 Years of Grand Slam Championships. CJ originally published this viz in November 2020, then re-created it in February 2021. While the original version is stunning, the revamped version is a testament to how CJ was able to grow his Tableau and design skills over the course of a few months!

Original Viz:

Revamped Version:

Next up are two vizzes by Samuel Parsons. In March 2020, Samuel visualised rivalries in Rugby Union. In October 2021, he revamped the viz with a brand-new version. It’s interesting to see how Samuel’s design and approach is completely different in the revamped version.

Original Viz:

Revamped Version:

Next, we have an example by Tina Covelli. In November 2020, Tina participated in #MakeoverMonday and published a viz looking at advertising spending in the United States. She revised the viz a year later and visualised it again in a completely different style.

Original Viz:

Revamped Version:

A few people in the Tableau community have also attempted to recreate vizzes from the Tableau Accelerators gallery. For example, Autumn Battani recently recreated this Email Marketing Campaigns Cockpit Dashboard:

Here is Autumn’s revamped version:

Finally, Ludovic Tavernier also recreated a dashboard from the Tableau Accelerators gallery. This time the sample Cockpit dashboard focused on Retail Point of Sale Data:

Revamped Version:


How do I enter?

The process is simple:

  • Source your data and build a viz that somehow touches upon the chosen theme for the month.
  • Upload your viz to Tableau Public or somewhere where it can be openly viewed online. Remember to include a link to the original viz in the notes, or tag the original as inspiration if it’s saved on Tableau Public.
  • Fill in the submissions tracker (embedded at the bottom of this post) so we can keep track of who is participating. This step is essential if you want to request feedback or be credited in the wrap-up blog post.
  • If you opted in for feedback in step 3, the co-host and I will provide some constructive feedback on your viz after the submission period closes.

Top Tips

  • You can use any data set which fits the theme (assuming you have permission to share it publicly).
  • Always remember to credit your data source/s on your viz.
  • Refrain from using any images or logos on your viz unless you have permission to do so.
  • Remember the Iron Viz judging criteria and try to focus on all three; Design, Storytelling and Analysis.
  • Think outside the box!

Meet the Co-host

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with CJ Mayes this month!

Photo of CJ Mayes

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CJ Mayes is a Tableau Ambassador and works as a CoE Lead at JLL, based in London, UK.

He frequently shares new Tableau design concepts, as well as hosts the ‘What’s Good?’ guest blogs on his site. CJ is excited by the blend between sports and data, currently co-authoring #SportsVizSunday blogs. When he’s not writing about sports, you will tend to find him out running, watching football or reading books on psychology. CJ believes in being passionate, unique and being the best version of yourself. He would strongly encourage others to find enjoyment in the topics they visualise. You can check out more at his blog; cj-mayes.com.

CJ has an extensive Tableau Public portfolio filled with beautiful, technical vizzes. I highly recommend checking it out!


When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submissions is midnight PST on Sunday, 13th March. Please use the submissions form below to submit your entry.

Feedback will be provided (to those who request it) via a conversation recorded and posted to YouTube between CJ and me, shortly after the deadline date. On the submissions form you can specify if you require feedback focused on the Iron Viz scoring criteria (design, storytelling and analysis) or more general data viz feedback.

Please note, if we receive a large number of feedback requests (more than we can cover in two hours), we’ll initially prioritise those from Tableau beginners or those entering #IronQuest for the first time. Any remaining feedback will be shared with the authors directly via email.


Continue the conversation and connect with other participants by following the #IronQuest hashtag on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Look out for the feedback video and recap blog post after we complete this challenge!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your entry!


Submissions Form