Tag Archives: Tableau

03 Apr

Top 30 Studios in the UK: interactive

In November 2015 Computer Arts magazine published a list of the top 30 studios in the UK, as chosen by a panel of experts.

I wanted to create a tool to summarise this information, to allow users to check out an individual studio and compare it with the rest of the top 30. This was a personal project and was not commissioned by Computer Arts. Since posting this, however, Computer Arts have been in touch saying how much they like it.

 

 

31 Dec

5 Big Things of 2015

It’s been quite a year! Here are a few of my highlights from 2015.

 

My Route

My Route touchtableWithout doubt, the largest project I’ve ever worked on.

My Route was a heritage project looking at the history of the Stratford Road in Birmingham through the changing businesses.

I was commissioned by Sampad to design a touch table to allow the users to explore a map of the road, and find stories through audio, image and video content.

This involved working with partner organisations over many months before the final project was complete.

Next stage:¬† I’d love to work on something similar again – I found the heritage/tech/design crossover particularly interesting.

 

Tableau

Computer Arts top 30 studios Tableau dashboard

I’ve been using Tableau since 2010 but it’s only recently that I’ve actually turned it into a service I can offer clients.

Tableau is a tool that allows you to create quick charts and dashboards with your own data. It’s incredibly powerful and has helped me with many of my own projects in the past. I am now working with a few clients, using Tableau to present their data and create interactive tools for their websites.

The key point for me was working on a ‘for-fun’ project (left) showing the top 30 design studios in the UK. It’s incredible how useful working on personal projects can be, especially if they are a success. This one has currently had over 4000 views and the magazine loved it!

The next stage is to tighten up my Tableau process. I need to develop a defined workflow, as I have for infographics and data design.

 

Training / Consultancy

Training graphic

The training side of my business has grown considerably this year. During 2014 I was delivering courses to local councils and arts organisations interesting in learning more about infographics and data design.

During 2015 I delivered a training day at the European Research Institute in the Netherlands (with more training to come in that country) and 2 training days at the Press Association for 2 different organisations.

I have realised that there is need for a consultancy service – allowing me to work with organisations, helping them sort their data and build infographics.

The next stage for me is to really develop the consultancy side of my business.

 

Music Journalism Book

Music Journalism Book Caroline Beavon¬†2015 started out with me wrapping up the final edits of¬†a music journalism distance learning book/module for the¬†Open School of Journalism. I’d spent most of November and December writing this, and was so pleased to finally see the finished version in print late 2016.

I was a broadcast journalist for several years (including 5+ as a music reporter at Kerrang! Radio), before moving into infographics design. Writing this book was a great excuse to dig back into my memories and relive some of those moments.

The next stage is for me to turn a version of this text into an ebook (with permission from the School) and sell it on Amazon. That’s a job for 2016.

 

Planning a Relocation

BrightonAnyone who knows me will know I’ve been yearning to move to Brighton for years. I was a student there and always said I’d move back when I could afford to. Well, I’m, not sure WHO could afford to live in Brighton but I’ve decided to make a go of it anyway! My apartment in Birmingham sold quickly and now I’m on the hunt for something down there.

The next stage¬†is to find an apartment in Brighton and set up shop down there! Hopefully my current clients won’t notice too much of a change in service – and for the London ones, I’m even closer. Plus, Brighton is a cool, digital and arty city, and I hope it will bring about more customers.

25 May

The Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2014 [interactive map]

The Independent on Sunday’s list of people who have made other people’s lives better – mapped and interactive


 Caroline Beavon is a freelance information and infographics designer Рget in touch for more details

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01 Jul

Tableau Public – creating a map for someone else to update

If you’re not familiar with Tableau Public, you can find out more here

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I’ve recently been working on a project which encourages creative SME’s to explore data as a way of improving their business. I’ll blog more about the project at a later date, but I wanted to share on particular element of the project that I thought may be useful.

After discussions with one company, we decided a series of maps would help them plot future business growth. One map would contain their current activities and would be used on their website.

Factors to Consider

  • the SME could not be expected to pay for the full version of Tableau
  • the map should be publishable on the web
  • the client has no experience of Tableau
  • the client wanted to be able to update the spreadsheet and the map with minimal effort

Solution

  1. Create Tableau Public account using their email address (you won’t be able to change email later). You’ll have to get access or ask them to click on the confirmation link when it arrives
  2. Locate your spreadsheet and save in a specific dropbox folder
  3. Login to Tableau Public with their login details and create your visualisation
  4. Save to the web
  5. (If you create any shapes or images, you will also have to copy these into a Dropbox folder)
  6. Send the person a link to Dropbox folder
  7. Ask them to download Tableau Public and login with the details you used above
  8. They should be able to access the workbook that you have created
  9. Ask them to move the spreadsheet file onto their computer.
  10. (if applicable: ask them to drag the Shapes folder into their Shapes Tableau folder
  11. They will need to update the link to the file,  from within the workbook. Hit f5 and Tableau will walk you through replacing the original file location with the new one.
  12. The workbook should now work as normal
To Update the Data
Open the spreadsheet
Make the changes
Hit F5 in Tableau
File>Save to Web
02 Jul

Open Data Strategy Release Schedule Dashboard

Interactive dashboard created for the Mercia Open Data group, using the June 2012 version of this document. Open Data Strategy Release Schedule.

This dashboard requires updating, but is an illustration of how a dashboard can make a spreadsheet like this accessible.

Click on dashboard below to access external link on Tableau Public
release dashboard

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