Robert spent nearly 10 years at Microsoft creating software that made it easier for everyone else to write software. Most recently Robert worked on Team Foundation Server on the Administration and Version Control teams. Currently Robert can be found working in the utilities sector on Smart Grid technologies.
Your First Dashboard Hello and welcome to the Data Visualizations Using Tableau Public course from Pluralsight. My name is Robert Horvick, and in this course we're going to be learning how to create functional and attractive data visualizations using the free Tableau Public production from Tableau Software. This course is not a detailed overview of business intelligence, data visualizations or even Tableau. I assume you have a basic understanding of BI and data visualizations, and possibly have even used Tableau. Now I will explain the required Tableau concepts as they're introduced, but if you want to learn more, you might want to watch the Pluralsight course, Big Data Analytics with Tableau by Ben Sullins. We'll start with an introduction to Tableau Public. We'll download and install Tableau Public and we'll create an online profile. We'll then learn some of the basics like loading data and understanding the Tableau workspace. Next, we'll create some basic charts. We'll start with tabular and line charts and then create a map. We'll wire up some actions so that when we make a click on one chart, it performs a behavior on another chart. And then we'll publish our first dashboard.
Charting Consumer Spending In this module of the Data Visualizations Using Tableau Public course, we're going to be building two dashboards to visualize some consumer spending information. During this course, we'll learn about two new chart types and one new way of using charts. We'll see stacked bars, packed bubbles, and we'll create a dual axis chart. We'll learn about some new concepts such as using shapes, annotations, multiple dashboards, and we'll create some calculated fields. We'll also be making some look and feel changes. We'll be using custom shapes to create a filtering UI using logos from outside of Tableau. We'll customize tool tips to convey a level of detail of information that's appropriate for our context. And we'll use textboxes to convey additional information and create dividers in our UI to create a clean look and feel.
The Cost of Winning In the final module of the Data Visualizations Using Tableau Public course, we're going to take what we've learned so far, add a few new ideas, and build a final dashboard based on Minnesota Twins data. Rather than starting with data and working towards a dashboard, we'll start with a dashboard in mind and work backwards from there. We'll see a new chart type, area charts, and make our first use of floating layout dashboards. Along the way, we'll be trying out some new ideas for visual appeal. For example, custom images, color backgrounds, dynamic text, and custom labels that help tell the story.