Natasha Kurakina

Natasha Kurakina

Natasha has always loved art and has a background in finance where she used to analyse business processes and helped to optimise costs. After discovering Tableau, Natasha became fascinated by the world of data visualisations, and applying to Data School was an opportunity to turn her analytical skills and passion for creativity into a practical mix. She is looking forward to learning how to create simple and yet appealing visualisations, as well as mastering the skill of sending a powerful message and telling stories with data.

Natasha loves animals (dogs, cats and parrots in particular), and she occasionally attends London board gaming meetups where she enjoys competitive strategy games.

A Letter to Future Data Schoolers

My dear future DS friend,   If you are thinking about applying to the Data School then definitely do it, and if you have already been accepted then my sincere congratulations!   On your first day or even week, you will find yourself in a room among 8 other bright and...

Dashboard Week Day 4 or Visualising the runs

The final day of dashboard week was very different as we didn't need to do any data prep in Alteryx. Coach Andy conveniently provided us with the .tde file containing the Runkeeper data with his last 286 runs along with the dashboard requirements. Although I was...

Dashboard Week Day 2 or How to combine two header rows

The second day of dashboard week was all about data prep in Alteryx. Remember, that everyone can join us and the full rules are here. Alteryx Workflow I recorded a video with the detailed walkthrough of my Alteryx workflow. This is my first recording so beware it is...

Dashboard Week Day 1: Challenge Accepted

This week is dashboard week for DS5, which means that every day we have to make one Alteryx workflow and one Tableau dashboard, write one blog post about it, and then present it the next morning. Everyone is welcome to participate, and if you are interested in joining...

Productivity tips

Time management is an essential skill to have, especially when you are in Data School. There are so many things that I would like to do apart from the main DS training, but there are only 24h in a day. During one of our first weeks in DS5 Tom Brown, the founder of The...

How to make a Tableau viz look polished

The devil is in the details.   After being in the Data School for a few weeks and seeing a myriad of different vizes, I can say that small details can make or brake even the perfect viz.  These three quick and easy steps, that in my mind, will provide the final...

Command Line and Tableau Server: Scheduling a Backup

This is going to be a quick blog post about using the command line & Tableau Server. There are two ways to interact with Tableau Server from the command line: through tabadmin and tabcmd. Let’s look at how to access these tools and the use cases for both of them.  ...

First client project: a project leader’s experience

Last week we had our first client project at DS5. In total there are going to be eight client projects during our training time, so everyone will have a chance to show their leadership skills and be a project leader. I volunteered to be the first project leader, and...

Can you own a project on Tableau Server?

Tableau Server week started today for DS5 with Jonathan MacDonald being in charge of our training. The first day was packed with loads of information about Tableau Server front-end, including thorough discussions about publishing options, connection types,...

Alteryx: first impressions

This is quite an overdue post from the second week at Data School. Since time flies really quickly here, I have to do some catching up on my posts.    Before applying to Data School I had never used Altetyx, and to tell the truth, I had never even heard of it. Since...

My Expectations from Data School

Long prologue When I was applying for data school I really didn't know much about it except what was available on the website. The fact that I couldn't make it to the first meet and greet event didn't help in shaping my expectations either. Therefore, before joining...

How to create a date without a day field in Alteryx

Week 2 started for DS5 and we are already learning Alteryx! On Monday Chris Love was in charge of our training, and we learned a lot. So far I’m really enjoying working with Alteryx, especially the visual workflow feature and easy iterations.     The second day was...

An approach to Viz Makeovers

Since today is Monday, and every Monday is a MakeoverMonday, I thought this is the perfect time to share my approach to viz makeovers. During the first few days in DS5 we were doing lots of makeovers, and the week’s highlight was to present the makeover of our initial...

Why Data School is Amazing

The first week at Data School has come to an end for all of us in DS5. So far every single day was extremely exciting and by the end of the week I was confident that this is the best place to start a career in data visualisation. Here are my reasons why Data School is amazing.