Thomas Lüthi

Thomas Lüthi

Thomas Lüthi

After a master’s degree in English and Business Administration at the university of Bern, Switzerland, Thomas worked as a linguist and actor before joining the Data School. Fed up with endless auditions and nonsensical machine translations, he decided to focus his creative energy on a new career path. When he came across the Data School, he knew he had found the perfect place to combine his passions for storytelling and information technology.

Throughout his career he kept a creative outlook on the world, finding new approaches to problems and presenting his work in a manner that engages his audience. The joy of finding new insights, breathing life into numerical data and making complex issues easy to grasp is what got him hooked on Tableau.

In his private life, Thomas is a jack of many trades although his mastery is questionable at best. He loves language, history and the creative arts and he likes to think of himself as a decent cook.

DS 11 Dashboard Week Day 2: I Spy…

Today's assignment was to create a dashboard based on metadata about Body Camera usage in the New Orleans Police Department. The data consists of one entry per recording that was uploaded to the NOPD's archives, with time stamps for when the recording was started, how...

DS 11 Dashboard Week Day 1: Let it Snow. Or Not.

Day One to Forget About Today's challenge was to create a dashboard inspired by this article using data from NYC Open Data about snow plough coverage in New York City. Reading through the article got us all very excited for the day ahead - playing around with maps and...

Alteryx Quality of Life Tips

I have only been using Alteryx for a couple of months now, but already I'm starting to come across some of those little things that make you think: "I can't believe I didn't know this". In the following I've compiled a list of some of those knacks and quality of life...

Transparent Worksheets in Tableau

There is a feature that was released with Tableau 2018.3 which can make designing dashboards a whole lot easier, but which might also lead to horrible creations, floating containers and confusion: Transparent Worksheets! Until recently, going to the format section and...

Throwback to DS Week 1: Application Reviz

This post has been on my laptop as a draft for weeks, and I had been meaning to finish and publish it forever. After Andy and Eva gave a talk at the Data School about being more productive and mentioned how they never keep a blog post in draft, I decided to finally...

Setting Reference Bands with Custom Values per Pane

This post is based on a chart I made for this week's Makeover Monday, based on projected age data about the US population. After reading it, you should be able to create individual reference bands for every pane in your view. The Problem Playing with different ways to...

Using Multi-Row Formula to Rank Records in Alteryx

A challenge I encountered when coming to grips with Alteryx was to rank records based on a shared value. For this exercise, we are trying to rank players according to their score. Simply sorting and ranking the records would give players with the same score different...

It’s About Time

Converting Strings to Date/Time Format in Alteryx "Learn to walk before you start running" -Carl Allchin Today was day 2 for DS11 and we took our first steps with Alteryx. After leading us by the hand through our first workflow, Carl then encouraged us to try and limp...