Viz the #MakeoverMonday Challenge!

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Posted by Dash Davidsonon January 15, 2016

Hone your data-viz skills by joining the two Andys for #MakeoverMonday!

Our own Andy Cotgreave and Tableau Zen Master Andy Kriebel are leading the weekly exercise. Their goal is to encourage people to cast a critical eye over the charts they see.

“If they see something they don’t like, what can they do, quickly, to change and improve the chart?” says Andy C. “Remaking charts needs to be fast and easy, even when adding deeper analytical depth.”

How to Participate

Every Sunday, Andy K. will share the week’s chart and data set on his blog, VizWiz. Then it’s up to you to recreate that chart as you see fit.

This week's topic comes from a Business Insider chart that asks: Are consumers bored with technology? The data set lists the percentage of consumers planning to purchase each type of devices this year.

Once you've made your own viz, do share your work on Twitter using the hashtag #MakeoverMonday.

Here are a few house rules from Andy K.:

  1. This is not about criticizing the original authors. They are people like you and me, and they have feelings. Focus on the data, the charts, and the story.
  2. Focus on what works, what doesn't work, why those things don't work, and how you made it better.
  3. Consider time-boxing yourself to one hour. Just make something quick.
  4. The purpose of the makeover is to improve on the original visualisation. Ideally, you should stick to the fields used in the original data set and improve upon it.

Some Inspiration

Here are a few examples to get your ideas flowing. A past challenge involved this table from FiveThirtyEight. It lists top MLB players, their salaries, and their estimated value based on performance.

Andy K. took the table and visualized it this way:

And Andy C. came up with this viz:

Here are a few more examples from the community:

Seeing all the different approaches is part of the fun, says Andy C.

“Each week I’m amazed at how many different approaches are taken by people who participate,” he says. “I’m looking forward to seeing this project grow throughout they year as more people participate.”

So dive in, get vizzing, and share what you come up with!


I'm new to Tableau and am learning by trying to recreate the tables you've created here. Is there a way to show how you created these?

You can download each viz (download icon below the lower right corner of the viz) as a Tableau file and have a look at how they did it.

Hope this helps.


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