If you want to live fun and free with data viz, it's important to nail the fundamentals. This site promotes the foundational principles all stunning visuals are built upon.
My path through the world has had its ups and downs, but through it all I realize I REALLY like mucking around with data! I especially like fiddling with Tableau. Funnily enough, effective fiddling doesn't require much more than time, space, and WiFi.
Of course experience helps too.
I am forever grateful for the years I spent sweating over servers to prep data for supply chain optimization models. Yes, some weekends were lost to failed data cleansing jobs (without extra pay) and the stress might have stolen some years, but it's in those tough times you learn.
After I was done data cleansing, I spent time writing SQL stored procedures in "the dungeon" on a highly functional IT team. I then moved on to court clients in San Francisco with stylish dashboards designed to WOW the executive suite.
But over the years, all I really want to do is learn and share that knowledge.
Turns out you don't need a fancy office in an expensive town with an official sounding title to achieve this objective. I put this theory to the test over the past year while hopping around Australia to speak at Tableau User Groups (another gift), build an online course and do a little data viz freelancing.
Now I spend most of my time in Bali, Indonesia riding from cafe to cafe on my sandy scooter.
I still freelance with clients I adore while also teaching those eager to learn how to leverage Tableau. In doing so we keep our lives simple and sexy.