2021 Week 9: Can You Hide A Chart in the Map Layers?


So, I’m a little late for Mardi Gras – but that didn’t stop me from thinking about King Cake, a New Orleans tradition (with French roots) where a little plastic baby is put inside of a cake that is plastered with green, yellow, and purple frosting with tons of sprinkles. Anyone teeth hurt yet?


After watching an amazing webinar by Adam McCann and another fantastic Data Coach video by one of our very own #WOW coaches Luke, I’ve developed an obsession with map layers. There’s so much possibility. Sean hit you with a little taste of them in #wow2021 week 4 challenge – and here’s an attempt to build off of that foundation.


So, what’s map layers and King Cake have to in common. Probably nothing. But, this challenge is my version of the Tableau King Cake. Like the famous King Cake, you may find a surprise when you click into the chart. I hope after you build this, you’ll feel like King (or Queen) for the day.


There’s so much to do with map layers – this is definitely not the last you’ve seen of them!


  1. Same Formatting (colors – Nuriel stone palette, tooltips, etc.)
  2. Dashboard Size 1000 X 800
  3. # of Sheets: 1
  4. Create a filled map of that highlights all of the countries in the dataset with region on the color shelf
  5. When you click on a country in the map, you should only see the selected country with a donut chart that highlights the % of the population that is urban-dwelling


This week uses World Indicators data: data.world


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2021 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WOW2021 and tag @AnnUJackson, @ItsCandraM, @LukeStanke, @_Lorna_Brown and @HipsterVizNinja



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