I began working with Tableau at the beginning of COVID lockdown, using the tool to analyze and visualize the unfolding global health crisis. Since then, I have develop a wide range of interactive dashboards in Tableau Public (viewable here↗). Although very technical in nature, I have found delight in designing visualizations with Tableau.
There is always a balance (tension?) in resume design: I want to keep this document to one page, but I want to provide as much information and detail as possible. With Tableau, you have a huge amount of room to work with when you layer interactions into the dashboard – through doing so, I was able to fit far more detail than possible in a static file. This document is full of ways to engage with the data and better understand my background and experience. Click on the link below to get the whole experience!
Presidents and the Stock Market
Two ideas drove the design of this dashboard. 1) the performance of the stock market became an increasingly common political talking point by our current president; 2) the free trading app Robinhood became increasingly popular in 2020, when this dashboard was built. Here I am trying to merge these two concepts into a dashboard that shows how the NASDAQ index performed in past presidential administrations.
The Flawed Senate
Congress is meant to be a political body that represents the interest of constituents (voters). The Senate is made up of 100 representatives (2 per state), while the House of Representatives is made up of 435 representatives which is based on population. In this visualization I am trying to make a case for why the Senate is a un-democratic institution because it is not proportionally based, by only based on statehood. As a result of this structure, you have California Senators (2 votes) representing nearly 40 million people, while Wyoming Senators (also 2 votes) represent closer to 600,000 people. Same amount of power, vastly different population sizes. This results in preventingmany popular (and necessary) reforms from passing.
US Ad Spending
Not much of a surprise from this visualization. With the increasing ubiquity of the internet and decreased prominence of print publication, more and more ad dollars are being spent online. This trend is expected to only continue as print, radio, and directory advertisements drop off further. Here you can also see a dip in spending in 2020 – a result of initial reductions in spending due to COVID economic contractions.
When I first joined Twitter (in 2009!) Donald Trump was one of the more entertaining tweeters I followed. He provided his usual irreverent commentary of the daily events, which I found funny at the time (later in his Twitter career he became more infamous for his tweets). In this dashboard, I am breaking down Donald Trumps twitter activity since he joined the platform and looking at volume, trends, and topic of his tweets. This is a highly interactive dashboard and meant to resemble the interface for Twitter.
In late 2019, the electric vehicle company Tesla was rocketing in value. In a matter of months the stock price had risen several hundred percentage points, and made Tesla America's most valuable car company (it would later become the most valuable car company in the world). In this dashboard I am showing just how far in value Tesla had grown ahead of its competitors and am taking a closer look at the financials of the company compared with its American competitors. In this analysis I intend to draw out questions of this valuation as the revenue and production volume for Tesla was significantly smaller than its peers. Since the posting of this report, the value has only continued to rise.
US Car Insurance Rates
This is a visualization of a Make Over Monday challenge. This dashboard explores car insurance rates across the country. I used the hexagonal shapes for the states to limit any bias and make it easier for the viewer to identify trends. Here we can easily see that Michigan has rates significantly higher than other states.
Government COVID Response
This was one of the first visualizations I made in Tableau. The objective here was simple: show the trends in COVID cases and highlight comments and quotes from the Trump administration about the disease spread. Here we can see that as the cases were rising the administration was downplaying the impact and made announcements misleading of their past statements. In the end, the administration decided to pull funding for the WHO... and as we now know, those cases continued to rise.
In the summer of 2020 I started a business building desks – that company was called Rough Cut Desks. This dashboard is a mock sales dashboard of that company using the Tableau Super Store dataset. Being that I am based in Seattle I had this dashboard limited to only show sales on the West Coast. This is intended to be an example of functions and designs you could make for a business dashboard in Tableau.
Different from traditional dashboards, this design was intended to resemble a felt menu board that you might see at a local eatery of butcher shop. The visuals are hidden behind simple lettering and the numbers (in place of prices) tell the story. Although not entirely practical, I enjoyed the process of toeing the line between analogue and digital.
In recent years, Amazon has produced huge amounts of revenue for the company that has paid off well for shareholders. This chart allows the user to interact with three financial metrics of the public company: income, revenue, and free cash flow. In all metrics, we can see an astronomical rise in profit power in the last 3 years.