My First Tableau Dashboard

NY bridge GPS graphic

A pretty graphic made with Tableau’s mapping function: every bridge in New York. (Copyright 2012 Erin Richey)

One project on my plate right now involves preparing interactive visualization dashboards for the Engineering News-Record, a publication with which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed interning and continue to work as a freelancer. We’re testing out Tableau as a tool for this project, and I myself have been experimenting with Tableau Public to learn about the platform.

I’ve been attempting to upload my first experiment to WordPress, but it seems the free accounts have no support for iframes or JavaScript embeds. In the meantime, you can see my work-in-progress on my Tumblr, which will probably soon fill up with similar tests and embeds that WordPress doesn’t support.

This is my very first attempt with Tableau Public, and I’m impressed with how easy it is; but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re a Tableau expert, please lend me (and my fellow dataviz novices) some advice on Twitter!

Photography sample: Central Park

Late in the fall semester, our RW1 class had a series of photography lessons with photojournalist John Smock. Our lessons included the use of techniques such as receding perspective, silhouetting and reflections, selective focus, and framing. We used Canon T2-I’s and were essentially allowed to choose our own subjects. I took this as an opportunity to spend a relaxing day in Central Park, which is full of interesting photo opportunities.

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