Kirsty Fraser

Kirsty Fraser

Kirsty Fraser

Kirsty recently finished her degree in Mathematics at the University in Aberdeen.

In her final year, she discovered a passion for data and analytics after making a mathematical model which analysed the biases of voting behaviour in the Eurovision Song Contest. This experience encouraged her to pursue a career within data, she also wanted to use her passion for design and creativity. Through word of mouth, she eventually encountered Tableau and The Data School and the fantastic programme offered to aspiring data analysts, which turned out to be the perfect fit!

In her spare time, she plays guitar, piano and enjoys travelling. She once cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for a children’s charity.

Dashboard Week, Day 3: The One Where Everyone Did a Map

Well, well, well, here we are at day 3! After presentations we set about working on the project which would hopefully be better than yesterd- oh wait we have to use Tableau version 8 this time!! Of course! The task was as follows: Go on the Department for Transport...

Dashboard Week, Day 2: Back to the Tableau Stone Age

Dashboard Week day 2!!! We began the morning by showing our work from the previous day to Andy who is currently living it up in Ireland. After he gave us feedback on our explicit vizzes, he briefed us on our next challenge: Get data from The National Oceanic and...

Dashboard Week: Making a Profanity Cloud

Today marked the start of Dashboard Week. Andy called in and gave us our brief- this challenge intended to refresh our API knowledge. The API would be taken from FOAAS.com. For those unacquainted with FOAAS, F*ck Off As A Service provides a "modern, restful, scalable...

Dashboard Formatting Hack: Distribute Evenly

A short blog on a small and often forgotten about dashboard tool! If you ever get random little empty spaces on your dashboard like this:   Or just want more symmetry and even arrangement of your sheets without having to antagonise over each of their exact dimensions:...

Cheating with Number Formats: From Negative to Positive

Got some negative values but need them to be positive? Well, you've come to the right place! Here's a step by step guide of how to get rid of that pesky negative sign using a little number formatting cheat. Let's introduce the data we want to change. In this case, we...

(LOD) Express(ion) Yourself!

This week was the beginning of the "Intermediate Tableau" section of our training. On Monday we learned all about servers from Andrew (@AndrewPick_TIL). Tuesday and Wednesday were spent with Andy (@VizWizBI) and Gwilym (@GwilymLockwood) going through table and join...

House Prices, Petitions and Gelato

Week 3 at The Data School was the busiest yet! Since my last blog we had presentations at the end of week 2. We each selected a dataset which we then made into a complete visualisation by Friday lunchtime. I selected UK House Prices and restricted my dataset to focus...

Getting Arty and Makeover Monday

This week we're focusing on Visual Analytics and how best to aesthetically convey information. We had a class with Infographics Designer Caroline Beavon (go find her on Twitter and Instagram @carolinebeavon) who gave us a really interesting presentation which showed...

Spice Up Your Viz

On Friday we had to take our brand new Alteryx knowledge and revamp one of our old viz applications for The Data School. I decided to work on my first submission which analysed factors which influence smoking rates across different demographics. This is it here:   On...

Makeover Monday and More Alteryx

Day 4 began with presentations and feedback. We were asked to prepare tableaus for Makeover Monday which examined a dataset documenting the travels of TV chef, Anthony Bourdain. It was interesting to see everyone's different interpretations of the data and distinct...

DSX: The Beginning!

The first few days at The Data School were spent on introductions, getting to know the team and setting up our equipment, we even got a tour of the fancy new office! Everyone was very welcoming and made me excited for the weeks to come!  On day two, we tried Alteryx...