Free Training Videos // There are plenty of free training videos on the Tableau website, which I recommend if you are brand new to the tool or training for a certification.
Makeover Monday // If you are looking for a way to practice your data visualization skills, this weekly challenge is a great way to find data to experiment with.
If you are interested in the field of data visualization, or you have to create charts for your job, I highly recommend the following titles. I am an Amazon Associate, and I earn from qualifying purchases. I may receive a commission if you use one of the Amazon links to the books below.
The Functional Art and The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo // Not only specific tips on enhancing visualizations, but the science behind why and how we interact with different forms of information. These books are excellent for the science of information graphics.
Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic // How to create effective charts for the business world. With a focus on individual charts (like if you needed a visual for a slide deck) this is a great introduction to data visualization.
The Big Book of Dashboards by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave // Real-world examples of dashboards, and why the different elements on those dashboards work effectively. I like to flip through this dashboard when I am looking for inspiration.
Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few // Textbook on building effective dashboards. Walks through the process of how a useful dashboard should be built. When I have dashboards with more detailed and granular data, I feel like this book has better examples.
The above books are those that I reference the most, and would want to leave on my desk at work. Other notable titles on my bookshelf include:
- Data Points by Nathan Yau
- #MakeoverMonday by Andy Kriebel and Eva Murray
- All the books by Edward Tufte
For books on data visualization that don’t read like a textbook, I also recommend:
- How Charts Lie by Alberto Cairo
- Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec