Ryan Lowers

Ryan Lowers

Ryan Lowers

Having worked as a consultant for five years, Ryan’s first experience with data analysis was working with a large government department producing dashboards providing civil servants with actionable information collated from a variety of different sources. This was the catalyst Ryan’s ongoing fascination with data visualisation as a means of presenting information 

in a meaningful way. Ryan was first introduced to Tableau in 2016 when working at a large consumer goods manufacturer, and thanks to its ease of use he was able to create dynamic and interactive dashboards that allowed the client to interrogate how well they engaged with their global consumer base. After discovering the Data School blog when looking for tips on how to improve his vizzes Ryan was struck by the breadth of creativity that Tableau allows, and for him the most exciting prospect of joining the Data School is the opportunity to refine his skills at visually presenting data.

Dashboard Week Day 3: The proof is in the parsing

The task for day 3 was to use data from the Harvard Dataverse about access to electricity in India. The data itself was survey responses in .csv format, but the headings were illegible so we had to download the original PDF survey and parse the question titles out...

Dashboard Week part 2: Web Scraping

Our challenge today was to web scrape the Parliamentary rules going all the way back to 1811 using Alteryx and then produce a visualisation based on the data. My workflow: The general gist of my workflow this week was to visit the URL for the parliamentary rules...

Dashboard Week: Day 1

For today’s dashboard week challenge we were tasked with downloading data from the Design census 2019 and creating a visualisation based on it. Generally, the task is divided into two steps; data prep and visualisation, so in this post I’ll describe what I did for...

Set Action drilldown and filter: a step by step guide.

Last week during our DS training our we took a deep dive into all things parameter and set actions; some relatively new features in Tableau which allow user to interact with Tableau dashboard in some pretty exciting ways. My post today is going to focus on a...

Downloading data from Tableau Server

Today we kicked off Server Week, and in diving into all things Tableau Server, so for my first post on the topic I’ll be talking about some of the nuances around downloading data from workbooks that have been published to Tableau Server, as well as some best practices...

Who’s (Spark)line is it anyway?

In this blog post I’m going to give a brief introduction into sparklines, what they’re useful for and then a step by step guide on how to create them as well some useful tips I’ve picked up during my training on how to make them that little bit more informative. A...

Don’t be a hater, be an iterator! (part 2)

In an earlier blog post I started to talk about some of the first steps to take when approaching an iterative design process, and in case you missed it you can find it here: https://www.thedataschool.co.uk/ryan-lowers/dont-be-a-hater-be-an-iterator-part-1/. In this...

Don’t be a hater, be an iterator! (part 1)

In this post what I’d like to talk about is an iterative design process and how crucial it is to the field of visualization, using one of my own pieces of work that I really struggled with. Hopefully this can shed some light on what I’ve learned so far about finding a...

My Expectations on joining the Data School

Hi everyone, I'm Ryan and just joined the Data School as part of the DS16 cohort. It's looking like it'll be quite exciting but also daunting in fairly equal measure, so I've put together a short list of some of my expectations for my time here. 1) Up to this point...