I don't usually write "how to" posts because me no write so good and I would rather spend 20 hours making a viz than 1 hour writing about it. But after reading Chris Love's great post on Tableau "edge-cases" I decided that it might be helpful to explain how I created the Game of Thrones viz which is somewhat of an "edge-case". So hopefully this is helpful.
why even make this? get a hobby
Usually the reason I create a viz is because I want to tell a cool story with an interesting dataset. For me a viz is usually a bit of a chicken or the egg type of situation as in which comes first the data or the story? Do you have a cool data set and find the good story in there; like in this Trump tweets viz? Or do you have an interesting hypothesis and find the data; like in this White House gender pay gap viz?
But sometimes I just want to make some stupid thing that looks cool. This is why I made the GOT viz. Actually, I drew this image below one day on the metro and then thought how could I make this into a viz:
how did you make this? seriously try golf