Definition

Defined in wikipedia as:

A hex map, hex board, or hex grid is a game board design commonly used in wargames of all scales. The map is subdivided into a hexagonal tiling, small regular hexagons of identical size.

For the purposes of this post, I extend the concept to “Shape maps” in general – any instance where standard geographical State / County borders are depicted using shapes instead.

Videos

Surprisingly, this is not a topic that I’m currently able to supply a video tutorial for, however, there is a .gif in one of the blog posts below.

Blog posts

Ben Moss often delivers creative solutions to problems, and this article is no exception:

http://www.thedataschool.co.uk/ben-moss/vizlikeanartist-hex-mapping-in-tableau/

Matt Chambers‘ post is excellent:

http://sirvizalot.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/hex-tile-maps-in-tableau.html

My own attempt at creating a hex map, based on Matt’s post, was added to the blog in December 2016:

https://learningtableaublog.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/chex-this-out/

Example workbooks

I was really surprised when I realised this was the first Rody Zakovich workbook included so far. He regularly demonstrates the enviable blend of design skills and outright Tableau Zen-level talent:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/rody.zakovich#!/vizhome/BestandWorstStatestoRaiseChildren/BestandWorstStatestoRaiseChildren

Andy K features yet again, with a great use case for a Hex map on #MakeoverMonday:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/andy.kriebel#!/vizhome/WomeninLegislature/Desktop

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