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July 21, 2015

Tableau Tip Tuesday: Create Actionable Sparklines

I love sparklines! I think they're a highly underutilized chart type for showing lots of information in a tiny space. But from what I've seen through my years is that people simply create little line charts with no context or call to action.

So this week, I wanted to introduce you to a simple way to create sparkline indicators. Basically all I'm doing is adding a dot onto the end of the sparkline and color-coding it for a call to action.

For more information, here's a blog post I wrote in 2013 for how to create these as well, but I think the video below is simpler.