Data Viz Done Right

July 26, 2016

The Functional Art - A Tableau Book Cover


About 3 1/2 years ago Alberto Cairo came to give a talk at Facebook. It was an incredible talk and immediately after I built a viz about how he built his book cover for The Functional Art. One thing bothered me when I built it though; I wasn’t able to include the vertical lines like he did…until this past weekend when I finally figured it out.

So today, while The Data School works through their next dashboard during Dashboard Week, I decided to build it again, this time with the vertical lines. I had to do a lot of finagling with the mark labels. Click on the image below to view the interactive version.


  1. Hi,

    Great chart! Do you know how I can do the same type of chart, but with differing types of data for each Y axis? I am working with trade data, and I have volume on the left-hand side (in tn), and value (in $) on the right-hand side. The only thing I can't seem to work out how to do is how to connect the dots from one side to the other. Is this even possible on Tableau; connecting data points that have different Y axes? Thankfully, I only needed to create a static chart so I joined the dots on power-point on top of the chart, but I was wondering if there was a way to do it directly on Tableau?


    1. I would think you could do it using measure names and measure values. Give that a shot.