Each month we release a new tutorial – a new skill for you to learn that will up your rock star status. Click below to access the tutorial in Excel, Tableau, or R. Next month, this tutorial will be in the Excel, Tableau, or R tabs with all of the other Academy tutorials.
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This Month's Featured Content
This tutorial is lecture-based, unlike most in the Academy. This one is here to help you learn that you can't use your software default colors. Because color carries meaning. And people are natural meaning-makers. We are drawn to look at color and our minds go to work interpreting the colors used, comparing them against our built-in emotional and cultural color associations. Did we use blue to communicate control - or is blue in the graph just because it is the software default color?
We can't waste our audience's limited and precious attention by confusing them with colors that don't intentionally carry meaning. We have to take control of our color choices and apply them in a way that supports our data story. To help us make those decisions, we need to tap into the field of color psychology, which studies the associations people make with specific colors.
In the video for this tutorial, you'll participate in a color psychology activity and take a look at your own color associations.
Here are our releases from the past few months
Add this beauty to your options for visualizing qualitative data, particularly observational data or any qualitative situation where you are identifying the presence or absence of something.
Any simple count can be made into an instance chart - just a vertical line per instance, color-coded according to your data.
Adding a timeline slicer allows users to interact with our data by seeing a long series of data or narrowing it down to years of most interest to them.