Definition

According to wikipedia:

A small multiple (sometimes called trellis chart, lattice chart, grid chart, or panel chart) is a series of similar graphs or charts using the same scale + axes, allowing them to be easily compared. It uses multiple views to show different partitions of a dataset. The term was popularized by Edward Tufte.

Videos

Andy Kriebel shows how to create small multiple line charts:

Blog posts

Andy Cotgreave wrote this back in 2011, in his interworks.co.uk days:

https://interworks.co.uk/blog/panel-charts-in-tableau/

Ryan Sleeper‘s “Tableau 201” series includes this guide to creating small multiples without modular arithmetic: http://www.evolytics.com/blog/tableau-201-how-to-make-small-multiples/

Ben Jones tackles small multiple maps:

http://dataremixed.com/2014/09/how-to-make-small-multiple-maps-in-tableau/

And there’s a comprehensive post on dataz.io here:

https://www.dataz.io/display/Public/2013/09/16/How+to+Create+a+Small+Multiple+Masterpiece+in+Tableau

Rody Zakovich wrote a post detailing how to create a “modified” Trellis / small multiple chart, using calculations to control and stagger the positioning of data points:

http://growingupdata.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/how-to-modified-trellis.html

Example workbooks

Examples of this chart type are everywhere! A couple I’ve bookmarked over time include Ramon Martinez‘  “Trends in Adult Body-Mass Index”:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/ramon.martinez?__hstc=219805894.f565a1c65caa43051b9659a07455a3db.1450569600092.1450569600093.1450569600094.1&__hssc=219805894.1.1450569600095&__hsfp=3972014050#!/vizhome/FourDecadesofPrevalenceinAdultBMI/TrendsinFourDecadesofBMIcategories

Corey Jones‘ creative application of small multiples is well worth downloading – lots of techniques at play here:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/corey.jones#!/vizhome/ChildWell-Being/Grid_1

Chris Love created this in August 2016:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/chrisluv#!/vizhome/GCSEResultsDay/Results

Rody Zakovich uploaded this story point driven guide to creating dynamic small multiple charts :

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

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