Category Data Visualisation

Mapping Country Links in Tableau

   I’ve been looking to do this sort of visualisation with map data for a while; to show links between countries and to have the chunkiness of the lines correspond to particular amounts. I am still very, very new to Tableau but thought their tutorials may be a great place to start. The Advanced Mapping Techniques tutorial had […]

GCSE Results

There has been much chatter this week about GCSE results, which not only serves as a means by which to make me feel old (16 years ago people, 16 YEARS!) but it has also been a fabulous opportunity to dive in to the data. News outlets predictably report on the performance gap between girls & […]

Daily Mail pie chart fail, a crime against data visualisation

I have a love/hate relationship with pie charts – when they are used well, they are a brilliant way of showing proportions (x is bigger than y, which is bigger than z) and seeing where a particular slice fits in as part of the whole (mmm pie). I’m certainly not the first person to wax […]

Using a UK postcode to find Lat and Long and other useful information

So I have a list of UK postcodes and I want to find out the latitude and longitude of that postcode to plot it on to a map. There are numerous ways to do this, including: 1. Visiting Google Maps 2. Entering the postcode in to the search box 3. Right-clicking on the little point on […]

Displaying English Districts in Google Earth

The other day at work, I was asked to find out how many X* were in a particular district in England. Given we seem to have SO MANY ways that we slice & dice the country up with Ceremonial Counties, Parliamentary Constituencies, Local Government Districts (which can be boroughs, cities or Royal Boroughs) you can see […]

Week 5 & 6 – A topic of our own

For the final week of the MOOC, we have been given the task of producing an infographic of our own – this means choosing a topic, gathering the information and presenting an idea to show the information in graphic form. As my previous sketches have been for interactive infographics, I wanted to give a static […]

Week 4: Interactive graphic based on US unemployment stats

Our goal this week was to think about what kind of interactive graphic we could create based on the data used in the Guardian’s piece about unemployment in the US -> http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep/08/us-unemployment-obama-jobs-speech-state-map There is a lot of data used behind the scenes of this graphic which is great but is also slightly frustrating. For example, […]