This is part of my series on Advanced Tableau Visualizations.
What they are for:
- Display a simple, succinct time series of multiple dimensions
- Save space by omitting axes marks labels
- Compare many dimensions to one another quickly
More reading on Sparklines from from Edward Tufte:
A sparkline is a small intense, simple, word-sized graphic with typographic resolution. Sparklines mean that graphics are no longer cartoonish special occasions with captions and boxes, but rather sparkline graphics can be everywhere a word or number can be: embedded in a sentence, table, headline, map, spreadsheet, graphic.
Resources & Tutorials
Andy Kriebel – How to Show KPIs & Sparklines in the Same Graph
One of my favorite tricks is to create table calculations and make them discrete for showing in the rows and columns. This frees you up to use the other chart types alongside a table. Back in November, I wrote step-by-step instructions for combining KPIs and sparklines into the same worksheet.
Robert Rouse – A New Way to Visualize KPIs in Tableau
Key Performance Indicators are one of the most common things people need to display in a dashboard. This usually involves comparing current values or historical trends against a target value. Tableau makes it easy to show current values and trends in one dashboard, but this requires two separate views.
Ryan Sleeper – How to Create Sparklines
How to make sparklines is the first of a three-part post from “Use Corporate Chart Types “, tip nine in the Data-Driven Storytelling: Tips from an Iron Viz Champion series. Sparklines are condensed graphs or charts that can be used in-line with text or grouped to show trends across several different measures.
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