Iron Viz: the Power of Iteration

Years ago, my dad (who’s a professor of industrial design) told me his theory of “ten edits.” He told me that if you really want to make something great, you should go through at least ten iterations. The first few edits are generally preliminary, just getting your ideas out there and having fun. When you get to edit 7 or 8, you’ll often think you’ve got something pretty hot, but don’t stop yet! If you go through the full ten iterations, you’ll come to something even better.

A Day in the Life: Ad Hoc Requests & Automated Tools

As a data analyst, my job is to get people the information they need.  Instead of just responding to each request separately, my goal is to create tools that allow users to ask and answer questions on their own.  Part of this is out of laziness and not wanting to do the same thing over and over again, but it’s also because this gives my users direct and timely access to the information they need, when and where they need it. 

A Day in the Life: Examining US Birth Rates

There are many data initiatives in the Tableau community, and I like to participate in them when I have time.  As a professional in healthcare, one of my favorites is #projectHealthViz.  Each month, Lindsay Betzendahl posts health-related data and invites the community to take a crack at visualizing it.  The December data set ended up sparking a very interesting data journey for me, and I thought it might be useful to share the thought process I went through on this project.