Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Future Data Rockstar!

Last month my soon to be 9 year old daughter came home from school all excited about career day.  This year they could dress up as what they wanted to be.  I figured like most kids she would pick something like veterinarian, teacher, fire fighter, etc.  Not Maggie, she declared that she wanted to be a Data Rockstar like Dad!  I was so proud, but did she really know what a Data Rockstar does?

After we pulled together a super cool outfit with a custom Data Rockstar t-shirt, lanyard, Tableau Conference buttons and an awesome pair of glasses, we started talking about what data she might be interested in. I started showing her some of my previous visualizations and she landed on Deadpool.  She asked, "Why did you have to make a viz about a movie I can't see? You should make one with kid-friendly movies."

So we started with a list of her favorite animated Disney movies and I started gathering data. I showed her how to drag Dimensions and Measures out to the view and every time something changed it was "Wow! That was cool!" Who knew data viz could be so much fun for a 3rd grader?

She had a blast building the views and choosing the colors - she went with Jewel Bright of course. Like any other kid, she loved the idea of a lollipop chart.  I told her we could use Mickey icons instead of circles.  That might have been her favorite part.  That and the custom title image in Waltograph font.  She said it made it feel like Disney ;)

My favorite part? We pulled in the weekly box office gross and she said it didn't look right.  It was backwards from my Deadpool viz.  So I explained what a Running Sum was and walked her through adding the table calculation.  Not too many 3rd graders can rock a table calc!

We ended up with what might be my favorite viz so far, because of how excited she was when it was finished.