Introducing the #20for20Tableau Project

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! I’m very excited to introduce a new project I’m kicking off that involves great datasets, data visualization and YOU! That’s right, you get to be a part of this project. It’s only fair considering you provided the inspiration…

Back when I was new to Tableau and the community, I remember something that Tableau Public did one year. In particular, Sophie Sparkes made a very similar request back in 2016…

So what exactly is #20for20Tableau?

The thought behind this is two fold. Each previous year, I’ve, like many of you, set goals for myself with regards to our shared #dataviz craft. I’ve made the “All 52 weeks of #MakeoverMonday” declaration many times and yet, have not yet completed all 52 weeks. I spent some time thinking about that a realized that the weekly cadence is a bit too rushed for me. To all those who’ve have completed every challenge, I applaud you, you are more disciplined than me and I just can’t do it.

And that’s okay. I know that. However, I know that I still have room to improve in my data visualization and data storytelling skills. And this is epicenter of #20for20Tableau.

Here are 20 classic, rich and vetted datasets for anyone to pick up at anytime they please and multiple stories buried within, create something new, practice a new skill all with minimal effort due to the nature of the dataset.

At the same, I wanted to pay homage to a similar project from simpler times while also providing a platform for new members of the community who might be feeling anxious with the idea of “having” to create something new each week.

How will #20for20Tableau work?

I’m glad you asked! I’m excited to share with you all 20 datasets right now! Click to see the viz on Tableau Public.


These dataset are not intended to be completed in any order. If there’s a dataset that jumps out at you, then jump into it and create something. For the sake of my own practice, I will be creating a viz (or vizzes) for each one throughout the rest of the year.

But you do you!

All I ask is that if you do create something from this list, please use the hashtag #20for20Tableau so we can all check out your work! I’d really, genuinely love to see what you create.

Several of these datasets look familiar

Yes! That’s the point! You’ve likely seen several vizzes from each of these datasets (except one, its completely new). These are the vizzes that YOU, the #DataFam, enjoy playing with. So if you’ve already created something from it, what better time to revisit and create something from a different angle!

One final request

Please share this folks in your network who might not be plugged into social media. Take this into your workplaces. This is a new beginning and there’s no better time than now to get started!

Go Forth and Viz


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