Before we start this blog, a big THANK YOU to Timothy Vermeiren forborrowing his workbook for this proof of concept!
Telling interactive stories driven by data is becoming more and more important. For example, see the “How 2 M.T.A. Decisions Pushed the Subway Into Crisis” interactive data story from NYT. Interactive stories are really helping people to see and understand data to make more decisions for themselves.
Tableau has several features to build a story in Tableau. You can either choose the ‘Story‘ feature or build a long vertical canvas to create your story. Both options have up- and downsides. A long vertical dashboard may look beautiful but it does not comply with visual best practices and can become very slow. On Tableau Public this is an issue because dashboards will become server-side rendered and therefore, not desirable to work with.