The Alphabet Project

The Alphabet Project

At the end of TC18, I looked back over my Tableau Public profile and was disappointed to see that nearly all of my published vizzes were contributions to Makeover Monday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the project and have run sessions at work to get others involved. I’m proud that I contribute (albeit less often than I’d like) and I am so grateful for all that I have learnt from Andy, Eva and a whole host of other contributors across the years. But my profile didn’t show much imagination on my part. 
I was frantically trying to think of something that would show off my skills and give me a bit of structure for the next year and came up with an Alphabet of Vizzes. The idea was that every other week, I would publish a viz based on a topic starting with a letter of the alphabet (the first would be “A is for”, the second “B is for” etc.) and quickly build up my portfolio of vizzes. 
But obviously that didn’t happen in 2019. The truth is, 2019 was a tough year for me and I couldn’t find the brain capacity or time to prioritise a new project. So it had to go on the back-burner for a while. 
In fact, I’d completely forgotten about it until I got a message in December from Lorna Eden saying “Sooo remember your project you wanted this year? The alphabet one, well I ran it past Adam Green for it to be biweekly and he said he could do that…if you wanted to be held accountable and have a buddy to do it with ☺️”
For those of you that don’t know Adam, check out his blog here and I’m sure you’ll realise why I was blown away by Lorna’s suggestion! I’ve admired Adam’s vizzes for a long time now and especially love his “Dot Bans” and Beer Iron Viz entry so this seemed like a match made in heaven for me! Not only would he keep me motivated, but his immediate excitement about the project built momentum for the planning.
So to kick things off, Adam has picked a theme for A and will publish his viz tomorrow (Monday 6th January). The following Monday, I’ll publish my effort and announce the theme for the letter B and Adam will start the viz cycle again. 
Follow #AlphabetProject on twitter, join in with your own Alphabet vizzes and keep checking our blogs to keep up. We hope you enjoy this as much as we will!

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