Week 40: Where are Sub-Category Sales Down?


This week you are building something that looks like a text table. But there are a few twists, including the fact you cannot use text as a mark type.

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  • Use the shape mark type.
  • Do not create a custom mark type that is transparent.
  • Round sales to the nearest dollar. Make sure the values are right-aligned.
  • Make sure to add banding that alternates from sub-category to sub-category.
  • Place a red arrow down (▼) to the right of sub-category sales that are down compared to the year previous.
  • Place a red arrow down (▼) in front of a sub-category label in the table if sales were lower in 2018 compared to sales in 2015.
  • Show only order dates for 2016, 2017, and 2018 in the table.
  • Colors are Dark gray (#414141), medium gray (#6B6B6B), and red (#F36754)
  • Be able to slice the data by Region.
  • Match tooltips
  • BONUS: embed a visual in the tooltip that shows yearly sales on a continuous axis and has a “▼” on the years where sales were down compared to the year previous.



This week uses the superstore dataset for Tableau 2018.1.  You can get it here at data.world



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3 thoughts on “Week 40: Where are Sub-Category Sales Down?”

  1. This was a difficult one for me. 2 things when I finally gave up and downloaded the workbook:
    1- instructions explicitly say not to use the text mark. But I see that Sales has been dropped in the text mark. (maybe I misunderstood the wording). I left Sales as a dimension to try and make it work while following the rules.
    2-instructions say not to make mark transparent. But, workbook makes them the same color as the background, which is what I would consider making them transparent.

    Still, despite those hiccups, I would not have though of doing it quite like this, well done.

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