Before & After: DS6 Begins Their Journey With Makeovers

by Andy Kriebel

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Picking my favourite week at the Data School is kind of like picking my favourite child; we all know I have one, I just can’t say who it is. It also well known that Dashboard Week is one I look forward to in every cohort. It’s a week that inspires me in many ways. So you’d think Dashboard Week might be my favourite, and maybe it is. But if it isn’t, then Makeover Week is right up there with it.

 

WHAT IS MAKEOVER WEEK?

 

Makeover Week always occurs during the first week of every cohort. In their first week they are absolutely inundated with information from getting their kit setup to the basics of data visualisation to the basics of Tableau, and oh yeah, they have a project too. Their project involves them making over one of the Data School application of their choice.

 

PASSIONATE PEOPLE LEARN FAST

 

What amazes me about Makeover Week is that we actually do very little Tableau, yet what they produce is absolutely astounding. The whole point of the first week is to send them down the right path in making good choices with their visualisations, clearly explaining their analysis, and telling a good visual story. They take all of this information and basically have a few hours on Friday to do their project. It’s their passion to learn, to be a part of the Data School, that catapults them forward in their learning.

As you look at the before and after of their work, you’ll notice a few common themes: simplification, effective use of colour, and guiding the reader through design. None of this is rocket science; their passion is what makes it work.

Click on any image to view the interactive version in Tableau Public.

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MARCUS GRANT

Marcus chose to makeover his very first Tableau Public viz, which was also his initial Data School application.

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MINA OZGEN

Mina also made over her original application, which was pretty fabulous to start with.

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LEE GIBBONS

Instead of making over his final interview viz, Lee chose to makeover his initial application about gaming.

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ELENA CARIC

Elena chose to makeover her second interview viz about street crime in London.

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AJ BASNET

Aj decided to makeover his initial application about immigration in the UK.

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Aj deleted his original off of Tableau Public

BOOOOOO!!!!!

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JAMIE GOUGH

Jamie used this week as an opportunity to clean up his story points piece from his initial application.

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WILLIAM GUICHENEY

William applied to DS2, so he decided to makeover his initial application from nearly two years ago.

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ALEX JONES

Alex (or “The Real AJ” as he prefers to be called) made over his final application viz. What a difference!

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