Data Viz Done Right

August 2, 2017

Workout Wednesday: The Timing of Baby Making

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WARNING: This weeks workout won't be as easy as it may look. If you're anything like me, by the end you'll be saying stepped lines can't come into Tableau soon enough! It's good practice to know how to actually make this chart without that feature though. Anyone know when stepped lines are actually coming BTW?

This data set first caught my eye a few weeks ago and I highlighted it on my Data Viz Done Right site. Your task this week it to more or less replicate the stepped line chart in Tableau as I've done. Here are the requirements:

  1. Create the stepped line chart (HINT: I didn't do this only with lines).
  2. Match the dynamically updating title. It changed when you pick a single county vs. all counties.
  3. Each stepped line represents a year.
  4. Allow the user to pick a year to highlight in black. All others should be grey.
  5. Match my tooltip (easy peasy).
  6. Label only the end of the line that is highlighted.
  7. Match my axis lines.
  8. Match the month formatting.
  9. Final dashboard should be 800x500 and should be all tiled (no floating elements)
  10. Optional: Match my font throughout (Avenir)

If I missed anything, let me know and I'll update the requirements. This will likely be a fiddly little beast. Download the data here. Leave a comment when you finish and/or tag @VizWizBI and @EmmaWhyte on Twitter with a picture and a link.

Good luck! 

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