#VizHacking from Around the Web

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Posted by Jewel Loreeon August 27, 2015

All throughout August, we've been seeing all kinds of crazy and inspiring viz hacks come from authors around the web. We've rounded up some of our favorites here for your viewing pleasure. Check them out and tell us about your favorite hack with the hashtag #VizHacking!

Tableau Cnake - Tamas Foldi

Tableau Server rebel Tamas Foldi created a playable snake game in Tableau using the Javascript API. Relive the glory days of only having one game on your giant Nokia cell phone and waste a couple minutes (or hours!) with this super fun game! We also really liked Jeffrey Shaffer's idea for an additional hack to add:

(We wrote about how to do this little hack last year.)

Linking Data to Video - The Information Lab

The Information Lab shows us how to connect data points to relevant Youtube videos. Bonus! They also show you how to use the much underutilized background images on a scatter plot.

Chord Diagrams in Tableau - Noah Salvaterra

Noah Salvaterra posted a fantastic tutorial on Datablick on how to create chord diagrams in Tableau, along with a great example of one in action. Check out Noah's Tableau Public profile for even more examples of some great Tableau hacks!

Isolating Geographic Elements - Stephanie Kennedy

In her blog post for Interworks, Stephanie Kennedy demonstrates how to take advantage of country shapes without actually mapping them on their latitude and longitude. She was inspired by this great viz by Robert Rouse where he uses the technique to size states by their number of seats in the House of Representatives.

Adding Hypothetical Data with Parameters - Steve Fenn

In his viz showing player salaries in the MLS, Steven Fenn took advantage of parameters so that you can add hypotherical signings in there. Also check out my personal favorite hack of his on using LOD calculations to avoid asterisks in tooltips.

Thanks for sharing all your great hacks with us in August! Stay tuned in September for Back to School month!

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