Marimekko Slope Chart

A Marimekko slope chart combines a Marimekko plot and a slope plot to create a unique chart type that I believe displays a combination of information better than current alternatives. I wrote about this chart last year as part of a Beatles analysis but this post specifically outlines the benefits of this new chart type.

The Marimekko slope chart is good for showing a comparison of discrete variables (bar chart), the population or size of these variables (bar width) and the trend of this discrete variable over two time periods (slope). The following visualization of the Presidentiadisaster election is an example of a Marimekko slope chart:

The chart above provides new insights no other single other chart type could easily provide. Below are more details on this chart type, the value it provides, and more examples. 

History of Bruce Springsteen

This visualization (interactive version here) is a musical history of one of my favorite artists: Bruce Springsteen. It focuses on his 200 songs and 17 original studio albums over a 45 year career. This viz was inspired by the work of Federica Fragapane and Giorgia Lupi. I wanted my viz to balance the complex, abstract artistry of their work with detailed narrative insights from Bruce's autobiography: Born to Run. 

Random Unicode Patterns

As a warm up to larger generative art project I have been working on, I created this randomly generated unicode pattern viz in Tableau.

This viz randomly selects unicode symbols to form random patterns. The viz changes every time you view it as new random numbers are generated. Some caching issues may slow the refresh rate. The symbol themselves actually represent the top 500 products sold in the super store sales data set.

This post was inspired by this article on unicode patterns by Yuan Chuan. Thank you.

Sketchy Bars in Tableau

After I saw the new ggrough package using rough.js I wanted to add sketchy bars in Tableau. This is a similar concept using rough hatch fill patterns for bars in Tableau. This uses the same technique of creating pattern fill charts described in this post.

Multiple Pattern Fill Bar Charts

Building off my previous post on fill pattern bar charts in Tableau here is an example that displays multiple patterns by using the background image filter. This way allows you to use to multiple pattern fill based on a discrete variable (eg Region). Thank you to Rody Zakovich for the idea to use an image filter.

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