Louise Le

After graduating with a Medical Engineering degree and a year working as a university researcher under her belt, Louise decided a career in engineering was not for her. Reflecting on what she enjoyed most about her past experiences, she realised she loved solving problems and finding interesting information from numbers. A career in data of some sort seemed like the right way to go.

Discovering the Data School and trying out Tableau opened her eyes to the possibilities in analytics (and she realised she suffered through Excel graphs, all the while Tableau existed). Everything was intuitive and the dashboards looked incredible. But this was just the tip of the iceberg; there was still Alteryx and so much more in Tableau to discover. Louise wanted to learn it all! She knew a place in DS11 was what she wanted and here she is.

In her spare time, Louise likes to read, binge watch TV and anime, and go to the gym (she’s still working on that last one).

Dashboard Week – Day 2 : Everyone Loves a Pretty Map

My first day of Dashboard Week! Yesterday the rest of DS11 enjoyed vizzing >200M rows of data about snow ploughing while I watched from home (hurray for a coincidental day of annual leave).   The Challenge This morning I was rested and ready to take on the challenges...

How to Approach a Time-Limited Project

At the Data School, we are constantly challenged and pushed with limited time projects. This is to develop our time management capabilities, to teach us to set realistic goals and to give us the confidence and knowledge that we can do it. So, what have I learned? In...

Imposter Syndrome: Feeling like you belong

A reflective log and a message to current and future Data Schoolers...   Have you ever doubted your abilities? Have you felt like you're not as smart as people think you are? Have you thought your accomplishments are due to luck? Have you been afraid of being found...

How to Embed Spotify in your Vizzes

For my TIL Christmas Song viz in Figure 1 (see it here!), I embedded a Spotify playlist so you can listen to the music in the viz as you explore. Embedding a Spotify playlist/ track/ album can be great for adding another dimension to your vizzes. For example, they can...

How to Create a Custom Colour Palette

Did you know you can make your own colour palettes for Tableau? This is great for businesses and individuals who want to incorporate branding into your dashboards and to ensure regularity of colour in dashboards across your company.   So, how do you make one? Navigate...

The Prep Off: Alteryx vs Tableau Prep

The Prep Off... Two major contenders in the ring tonight: new kid on the block, Tableau Prep and reigning champion here at the Information Lab, Alteryx Designer. How do these two softwares compare when cleaning two Excel sheets (within the same workbook)? The chosen...

Louise’s 6 Week Reflections

  Has it been 6 weeks already?! As cliché as it is, time really has flown by. The Data School’s 11th cohort have just completed our 6th week of training and will be beginning our 7th week at the time of this post’s publishing. Crazy right? With only a couple weeks...

Tableau Prep: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Since my last blog, I have used Tableau Prep 2018.2 to clean five different datasets so I think it’s a good time to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of Prep...   The Good As with Tableau Desktop, Prep is pretty. Compared to Alteryx, it looks modern, clean and is...

Tableau Prep: Getting Started Guide

Tableau Prep version 2018.1.1 was released in April this year. Six months on and five versions later, Emily Chen introduced DS11 to Tableau Prep 2018.3.1. My first thoughts? Its user interface is modern and intuitive with some great functions but there are some...

Making Every “Show Me” Chart From Scratch: Part Two

Ah… The much-awaited Part Two of my ‘Making Every “Show Me” Chart From Scratch” series (see part one here). Thank you for following my series so far! To recap, we have so far gone through text tables, heat maps, highlight tables, symbol maps, filled maps and pie...

Making Every “Show Me” Chart From Scratch: Part One

Tableau has a super useful “Show Me” function which allows you to choose from 24 chart types based on dimensions and measures you select. This is a brilliant feature for beginners. However, what if you’re a little bit more experienced and want to know how to make...

Tableau Public/Desktop: Getting Started Guide

We are currently well into our second week of the Data School; with the focus of this week being Tableau (i.e. the reason we all applied to this job). For all of you who are interested in learning to use Tableau and/or are thinking of applying to the Data School but...

Avoid neglecting Alaska and Hawaii in your US maps

Why is Hawaii so far from the rest of the United States? Why is Canada in between Alaska and the rest of the United States? Trying to get Alaska and Hawaii in a dashboard with the other 48 states can lead to lots of wasted, empty space (as seen in Figure 1). In this...

Alteryx Designer: Getting Started Guide

DS11’s first week at the Data School was focused on introducing us to Alteryx; a super useful software for prepping messy data before visualising in Tableau. Amongst data preparation, Alteryx is also capable of spatial and predictive uses. In this guide, we will...

It’s Official! First Day of the Data School

The Data School. DS11. Day one of the next chapter of our lives! A mix of nerves and excitement meant I hardly slept the night before and unfortunately, I came down with a cold. Some paracetamol pills later, I was ringing the buzzer for the Information Lab at 25...