Next challenge launches November 5th!

October’s challenge came straight from the pages of Cole’s new book, Let’s Practice! Check out the follow up post where Cole shares how she approached the exercise for improving tabular data display.

Scroll down for more on the #SWDchallenge and to view the archives.

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What is the #SWDchallenge?

One of the best ways to learn is to do. The #SWDchallenge is a monthly challenge where you can practice and apply data visualization and storytelling skills. Think of this as a safe space to try something new: test out a new tool, technique, or approach. There’s no obligation—participate in one, a couple, or all. We encourage everyone to take part: all backgrounds, experience levels, and tools used are welcome. Each month has a different topic, announced at the beginning of the month. Participants have a week to find data, create and share their visual and related commentary. We're focusing currently mainly on different graph types, but sometimes change it up with a tip to try or specific topic. This is meant to be a fun reason to flex your skills and share your creations.

All submissions received by the deadline (uploaded to are shared back in a recap post later in the given month. 

Browse the archives to learn & be inspired…

See below for past challenges and recap posts with readers' submissions. Be inspired by the many approaches and tools others have used to visualize and tell stories with their data!

Create and run your own #SWDchallenge at work! Check out how Simon Beaumont and team at JLL have created their own #SWDchallenge-inspired monthly data visualization challenge and are using it to sharpen their skills and share best practices across their organization.

Feeling inspired? Join us for the next #SWDchallenge to flex your data storytelling skills!