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.


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:

Matt Chambers‘ post is excellent:

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

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:!/vizhome/BestandWorstStatestoRaiseChildren/BestandWorstStatestoRaiseChildren

Andy K features yet again, with a great use case for a Hex map on #MakeoverMonday:!/vizhome/WomeninLegislature/Desktop

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