Collin joins The Data School from a background in environmental NGO’s and advocacy. Having worked in the United States, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar, Collin brings experience in training people in data visualization across language and cultural barriers.
Collin is consistently struck by the amount of good that can be done with simple principles of data management, data analysis, and data visualization.
In his free time, Collin plays piano, ukulele, and harmonica and advocates for policies to mitigate climate change.
On Friday (two days ago), I graduated from The Data School’s intense four month training program. It’s been a challenging, wonderful, and hair-pulling experience from the first day until the last few hours. I wanted to leave a few reflections for those who come after me while it’s all still fresh in my mind.
On the fifth day of dashboard week, my viz coach gave to me, a Power BI break from sanity. While for the most part The Information Lab sticks to Tableau and Alteryx as its ETL and Visualization softwares of choice, there comes a time when every Data Schooler must...
Curveball! Today, Andy asked us to download and use Tableau 8.3 for our dashboard-building. This version of Tableau, released in 2015, has much of the functionality we have come to know and love in The Data School, but there were a couple potholes to discover as well....
The U.S. Census has a lot of data to analyze, but they’re not going to make it easy for you. Check out how Dashboard Day 3 was a day of diminishing expectations punctuated by a beam of success at the end.
Enter the wild and blush-inducing world of intellectual property law.
Diving into the wet and wild world of UN water quality data for day one of DS17’s dashboard week.
This is part of a mini-series on the easy-to-miss visual cues scattered throughout Tableau. To find out what you've been missing, click here. Tableau, a software dedicated to making data visually intuitive, includes a ton of visual cues to make its interface intuitive...
What if you could set up your server so that by the time employees get to work, their view for the day is already cached and ready. Spoiler alert, you can.
Fonts and formatting are not my friend. Formatting in general is one of the most difficult parts of designing a viz for me. Learning tricks to navigate the formatting pane has been a huge help.
The continuous filter card has a hidden meaning you’ve been missing this whole time. Read on to stop living in ignorance!
Drag and drop. Yeah, we all know that Tableau uses this action as the basis for their workbook building, but do you realize just how deep this functionality goes?