Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Music Viz Contest Submission - Beatles Writing Contributions by Album

A couple of weeks ago I read a really interesting article on by Mitchell Friedman that asked the question; who was the most prolific writer in the Beatles?

Friedman used data from the William J Dowlding 1989 book “Beatlesongs”. The content was very interesting but the data was unfortunately presented using individual pies charts for each album. And they were not good pie charts either. The slices in the pie were not a solid color but rather a picture of each Beatle they were meant to represent.

The two big questions that I had as I read through were how did the writing mix change from album to album and how did it trend by artist year over year? For instance was John contributing more or less by the end of the Beatles career? When did George emerge as a consistent contributor? Was Ringo ever a contributor? These questions could be answered of course with a lot of scrolling and comparing back and forth but that is a lot of work when it all could be presented simply and cleanly in a single visualization.

My first thought was that this screams for Makeover Monday from VizWiz himself, Andy Kriebel. But my second thought was the timing was perfect with the third Iron Viz feeder contest coming up. I haven’t really been motivated to enter one of these in a while so I figured this is the excuse I need to do this makeover myself.

There are no complex hacks or over the top designs. I always try to keep my dashboards very clean and simple. Lots of whitespace. Usually monochromatic and other colors only when needed to serve a purpose. I’ll admit there are more images than I usually include which take up valuable space needed for data but I felt I needed something the draw people into the viz. Plus I like the images and it fits with classic early Beatles branding.

I hope this viz tells Friedman’s story a little better than his website editors did. At any rate, this exercise answered the questions I was left with after reading the article.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The next GOTUG meet up will be from 1-4pm on Thursday April 24th at UNO's Mammel Hall

We're excited that UNO is hosting this quarter's event and we have an great agenda: Dr John Konvalina and Dr Mahbubul Majumder will talk about the new data science initiative at UNO that starts in the fall. Hint: Data Visualization is the center piece of the program! Mark Johnson from Alteryx will show how Alteryx can prep the data for Tableau to speed up and improve the analysis process. Also you see how you can easily include sophisticated analytics in your Tableau dashboards. The event is going to be held at Mammel Hall on UNO's Pacific Street Campus. The address is 6708 Pine St, Omaha, NE 68106

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Entry in the 2012 Perceptual Edge Dashboard Design Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Perceptual Edge Dashboard Design contest, Jason and Shamik.  Great work!  Their entries can be found here:

You can see some of the other entries by going to and look for the Dashboard Design subject.  Here's my entry created in Tableau - of course!  As always, any and all feedback is welcome.  Thanks!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Agenda for the August 2nd GOTUG Meeting - Tableau will be here in person!

Greater Omaha Tableau User Group

Please join us for the next Greater Omaha Tableau User Group (GOTUG) meeting

When: Thursday, August 2nd from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
Where: Creighton University, The Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, 602 N. 20th St, Room 2066, Omaha, NE 68178 -

This event is a time to share, listen, network and discuss experiences and opportunities with other Tableau users.

  • Welcome!
  • Introductions: Goals & Expectations: Mary Chase
  • Guest speaker Jon Boeckenstedt
o   John is the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management for Policy and Planning at DePaul University in Chicago and has presented at the Tableau Customer Conference.   If you'd like to know more about Jon and his Tableau story check out the link below!
  • Mary Chase and Duey Heffelfinger will show us how Creighton uses Tableau to gain insight
  • Jason Bondoux from Tableau will be here in person with a couple of Data Viz gurus to show us some Tableau Jedi Tricks!  They might even talk about what’s coming next at Tableau.
  • Action items / Suggestions/ Networking

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Entry for the Tableau Interactive Sports Viz Contest

The Pitcher Effectiveness Rating is an indication of a pitcher's effectiveness and future performance according to fantasy baseball site
"A pitcher's effectiveness is closely tied to the number of baserunners he allows and the number of strikeouts he gets. This table uses a rating system of K/BB + K/9IP - (BB+H)/9IP - HR/9IP. This formula is best used as an indicator of future performance of a pitcher. A pitcher may have a low era after 15-20 innings, but may not have been pitching as effectively as the era indicates. A look at this rating system will be a good way to tell if the pitcher will continue with the low era or will soon run into some trouble."
This is a metric that is screaming to be visualized.  The visualization uses Lahman's Baseball Database to let users explore the relationship between the Pitcher Effectiveness Rating and the individual metrics that combine to make the rating.  Users can drill into different eras over baseball's past and look for changes in the rating based on the pitchers age and the total number of innings pitched over a career.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Save The Date! Next GOTUG is Scheduled for August 2nd

The next meet up for the Greater Omaha Tableau User Group (GOTUG) will be held August 2nd at 1pm on the Creighton University campus. A detailed agenda will be published soon including an exciting announcement regarding our guest speaker. Stay tuned!