The strength of visual art comes from its reach. Everyone can connect to it in some way. Some certainly have more appreciation for the effort and understand the underlying message(s) of the artist and some glance at it in passing. For data though, the quote “a picture is worth a thousand words” is apt, may be along with a few words.
“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” Tim Berners Lee
LinkedIn Learning has many courses on Tableau. I wouldn’t recommend going through every tutorial on the tableau website. Tableau public is a free version of the software, with limited functionality. There is also an online tableau platform. Choose one that would work for you, based on your computer setup. With 5-7 charts, 2 dashboards and 1 story, my processor was barely sustaining. For situations like this, consider running the Tableau software in a cloud virtual machine, especially if you are working with a huge dataset.
Embedded below is my first Tableau, created with import and export trade data for India’s Arms, Ammunition and Parts.
When it comes to visualization tools, learn the basic concepts by experimenting and then use videos for advanced features. For beginners, I would recommend downloading the Tableau public to learn the basics before downloading the trial. Tableau’s getting started video needs the Global Super Store excel file that could be downloaded from here. Starting on Tableau is easy, go to Tableau website and download the any of the softwares mentioned and start playing. The best feature of Tableau is the online community and the ability to publish all interactive visualizations in a public domain for storing, sharing and embedding .
Tableau’s user interface is very intuitive and does not require any prerequisites to start.