Alex Muntus

Having studied physics at university, Alex quickly realized the importance of effective data visualization which allowed for the converting of mass information into insightful, actionable conclusions. Having since worked in both large and small companies, the power of data viz in a business context has not been lost on him.

Discovering Tableau through a friend’s blog, Alex saw the immediate advantages it brings over traditional spreadsheets and programs. Soon after, he joined the Information Lab’s Data School.

In his spare time, Alex is a keen sportsman and outdoors enthusiast (particularly in his native Yorkshire) and is always on the lookout for spectacular scientific visualizations.

Dashboard Design recap

Dashboard Design recap

“Always learning” is possibly how I’d some up my time so far at the Data School if I only had two words. I’d also go for “Fun learning”. Every day seems to bring a myriad of interesting things to absorb, some more complex than others. Strangely, some of the simplest...

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Dashboard day 4 – UN Data

Dashboard day 4 – UN Data

On Thursday after presenting Wednesday's rather morbid dashboard on gun deaths in America, we looked at a UN statistics challenge dataset and were tasked with making a dashboard for this. The data had already been downloaded and Pablo tidied it up in Alteryx so we all...

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Dashboard Day 3 – US Gun Deaths

Dashboard Day 3 – US Gun Deaths

Day 3 of Dashboard week saw us looking at looking at an emotionally impactful viz from the Huffington post showing US gun deaths since the Sandy Hook massacre. The data runs from the day of the massacre (14th December 2012) to March 22nd 2013. During those 3 months...

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Visualising the Olympics

Visualising the Olympics

As part of dashboard week at the data school, we were given a data set with olympic medals from 1972 to 2014. This was great practice to work on our dashboard design, bringing together lots of elements using a simple understandable dataset. This is also on tableau...

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Vizzing two Numbers

Vizzing two Numbers

On Monday, we were tasked with creating as many vizzes as possible with just two numbers. This was a great way just to explore tableau with no particular agenda. It is very easy just to stick to the same tools.  After building as many vizzes as possible, we then put...

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Moving the Data Window around without reshaping filters

Moving the Data Window around without reshaping filters

This is my super quick tip to for reshaping the viz without altering the size of the filter. If we look at the simple viz below: If I wanted to narrow the above viz for whatever reason maybe say for resolution considerations, normally I would go to the right edge of...

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Replacing Data Sources

Replacing Data Sources

Continuing this week’s Data School daily Tableau Tips and Tricks, today I’m going to briefly blog about the Replace Data function in Tableau. Recently the Data School all gave presentations on a particular area of Tableau. Mine was on Data Connections. This area...

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Tableau Tip Wednesday – User Filters

Tableau Tip Wednesday – User Filters

Often when we develop dashboards in Tableau, we may only want certain users to have access to certain parts of the data. For example a regional sales manager for EMEA should only have access to EMEA sales and America to America sales say. Rather than recreate the...

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Tableau Tip: The benefits of Virtual Machines (VM)

Tableau Tip: The benefits of Virtual Machines (VM)

This week we have been learning about Tableau Server. Yesterday consisted of an introduction followed by a series of exercises practicing server installation, back-ups, restores and finally deleting Tableau Server. Today we took a deep dive into how Tableau Server...

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How I met Elvis on Tableau

How I met Elvis on Tableau

So this week the Data School is giving a daily tip on either Tableau Server, Desktop or Public. My original tip was going to be a shortcut to finding the administrator help for Tableau Server. However, a slip on the keyboard took me on a different Tableau adventure....

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Client Project and Spatial Analytics

Client Project and Spatial Analytics

Week 4 saw the team looking at its first set of client data and using Alteryx and Tableau to gleam some useful and actionable insights. A brief from the client talked us through the data and we discussed and recorded areas they wished us to investigate. Post brief, we...

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First few weeks of Data School

First few weeks of Data School

The Data School has got off to an incredible start and it has been fantastic how much has already happened in the first few weeks! We have been lucky enough to meet a range of some of the most influential people in our industry, attend the Tableau on Tour conference...

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