#WOW2021 | Week 25 | Can You Make Spine Charts?


This week we’re going to reach back in the WOW catalog to week 24 of 2017. Do you remember where you were in your Tableau journey back then? 

Workout Wednesday was just kicking off with Andy Kriebel and Emma Whyte and in week 24, Emma presented this challenge to the community. Now, normally, I wouldn’t do this but Emma’s Tableau blog has been decommissioned so the only thing we have from those challenges are the screenshots from Andy’s blog. 

So let’s have some fun and stretch our spines this week…spine charts that is 🙂 

The dataset for this week is the 2020 National Student Survey results. Every University in the UK gives these questions to a sample of their students.



  • Dashboard Size: 1366px by 868 px
  • # of Sheets – 2
  • Create a spine chart to show the following for each question.
    • The overall min value
    • The overall max value
    • The upper quartile value
    • The lower quartile value
    • The overall average value
    • The selected university’s value as a circle mark
  • Color each circle mark based on position relative to the overall average
  • Add supporting measures for:
    • Sample size
    • Selected value
    • Overall average value
    • Delta between Selected and average value with arrow indicator
  • Add a “how to read” visual
  • Allow the user to select the university of their choice.
  • I used the Nuriel Stone palette, feel free to use whatever you want.

HINT: DON’T OVERTHINK THIS CHALLENGE – no LODs or Table Calcs required


This week uses the 2020 NSS survey results. You can get it here at data.world


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2021 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WOW2021 and tag @AnnUJackson, @ItsCandraM, @LukeStanke, @_Lorna_Brown and @HipsterVizNinja



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