Time to BUTTON UP! It’s cold outside.

In Creativity, Tableau Public, Tableau Software, Visualization by Lee Feinberg2 Comments

I was doing some 'spring cleaning' (yes, optimistic this time of year in the Northeast) and came across my collection of Tableau buttons, of which I am very fond ?.  I spread them out on my desk and started playing around with different layouts.  Since it's pretty gloomy, I thought rays of sunshine were fun.

Those rays of sunshine lit up my creativity and got me thinking  how to create the idea in Tableau.  Honestly, I didn't want to do it because it would involve math -- but for you, I persevered.  By the way, to work with angles in Tableau, you have to convert degrees to radians:

{\text{angle in degrees}}={\text{angle in radians}}\cdot {\frac {180^{\circ }}{\pi }}

MOBILE viewers: the design looks compressed vs. compared to the desktop

Turns out, the hardest part was taking a picture of the buttons (see Original Photo tab) with the least amount of reflection, and then cropping out each button for a custom shape.  

The math 'challenge' was figuring the position of each button; read notes in the Angle and Running Radius calculations.  Check out 'How the Data Fits' tab to see the image layout.

I made a helper Excel file for how to position each button.  If you'd like to play around with your own ideas, fill out the form and get the link to download the file.

I wish you a day filled with sunshine.  Excelsior!

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  1. lot’s of ‘flair’ lol — interesting idea, thank you for sharing source

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