Two weeks ago, we released our Spiral Column Chart Tutorial in Tableau using the Line Mark Type. In this tutorial, we are going to create a Squared version using the Polygon Mark Type, so I really hope you enjoy this.

*Note: This is an alternative type of data visualisation, and sometimes pushed for by clients. Please always look at best practices for data visualisations before deploying this into production.*

## Data

We will start by loading the Sample Superstore data into Tableau Desktop / Tableau Public.

*Note: If you have Tableau Desktop, you can use the Sample data source, but if you are using Tableau Public, download and load the following data source.*

Once your data is loaded into Tableau, right-click on the data source and click on **Edit Data Source**… with the Data Source Editor open, paste the following:

```
Path
1
4
```

*Note: If you are using Tableau 2020.2 or great i.e. have access to new Relationship Model, you will need to double-click on the originally pasted data source to open up before pasting in the Path Data.*

You should get an error as there is no joining column, however, click on **Add new join clause**, go to **Create Join Calculation**, type **1** and click OK. Do this for the right-hand side as well. Ensure that you have Inner join selected and you should see the following:

*Note: we need additional records as we are going to be drawing lines and using densification to get more points on our canvas. For more information, check out our article on Data Densification.*

## Calculated Fields

With our data set loaded into Tableau, we are going to create the following Parameter and Calculated Fields:

**Size Parameter**

- Set
**Name**as**Size**. - Set
**Data type**as**Integer**. - Set
**Range of values**as**Range**- Set
**Minimum**as**1** - Set
**Maximum**as**10** - Set
**Step size**as**1**

- Set
- Set
**Current value**to 4

**Growth Parameter**

- Set
**Name**as**Growth**. - Set
**Data type**as**Float**. - Set
**Range of values**as**Range**- Set
**Minimum**as**0.5** - Set
**Maximum**as**5** - Set
**Step size**as**0.25**

- Set
- Set
**Current value**to**1**

**Bar Size Parameter**

- Set
**Name**as**Bar Size**. - Set
**Data type**as**Float**. - Set
**Range of values**as**Range**- Set
**Minimum**as**0.5** - Set
**Maximum**as**5** - Set
**Step size**as**0.25**

- Set
- Set
**Current value**to**3**

**Path (bin)**

- Right-click on
**Path**, go to**Create**and select**Bins…** - In the Edit Bins dialogue window:
- Set
**New field name**to**Path (bin)** - Set
**Size of bins**to**1** - Click
**Ok**

- Set

**Index**

`(INDEX()-1)*[Size]`

**Index (Bar)**

`INDEX()-1`

**TC_Sales**

`WINDOW_MAX(SUM([Sales]))/2`

**TC_Max Sales**

`WINDOW_MAX(SUM([Sales]))/2`

**TC_Percentage**

`[TC_Sales]/[TC_Max Sales]`

**TC_Starting Point**

`10+([Index]/100*[Growth])`

**X**

```
IF [Index (Bar)] = 0 THEN
SIN(RADIANS([Index]))*[TC_Starting Point]
ELSEIF [Index (Bar)] = 1 THEN
SIN(RADIANS([Index]))*([TC_Starting Point]+([TC_Percentage]*[Bar Size]))
ELSEIF [Index (Bar)] = 2 THEN
SIN(RADIANS([Index]+[Size]))*([TC_Starting Point]+([TC_Percentage]*[Bar Size]))
ELSE
SIN(RADIANS([Index]+[Size]))*[TC_Starting Point]
END
```

**Y**

```
IF [Index (Bar)] = 0 THEN
COS(RADIANS([Index]))*[TC_Starting Point]
ELSEIF [Index (Bar)] = 1 THEN
COS(RADIANS([Index]))*([TC_Starting Point]+([TC_Percentage]*[Bar Size]))
ELSEIF [Index (Bar)] = 2 THEN
COS(RADIANS([Index]+[Size]))*([TC_Starting Point]+([TC_Percentage]*[Bar Size]))
ELSE
COS(RADIANS([Index]+[Size]))*[TC_Starting Point]
END
```

With this done, let us start creating our data visualisation.

## Worksheet

We will now build our first worksheet:

- Drag
**Order Date**onto the**Filter Shelf**and filter for**2018** - Drag
**Order Date**onto the**Detail Mark**- Right-click on this pill and select
**Exact Date**

- Right-click on this pill and select
- Drag
**Path (bin)**onto the**Columns Shelf**- Right-click on this pill and ensure that
**Show Missing Values**is selected - Drag this pill onto the
**Detail Mark**

- Right-click on this pill and ensure that
- Drag
**X**onto the**Columns Shelf**- Right-click on this pill, go to
**Compute Using**and select**Order Date**

- Right-click on this pill, go to
- Drag
**Y**onto the**Rows Shelf**- Right-click on this pill, go to
**Compute Using**and select**Order Date**

- Right-click on this pill, go to

If all goes well, you should now see the following:

We will now edit the Table Calculations and build our polygons:

- Right-click on the
**X pill**and select**Edit Table Calculation**- In
**Nested Calculation**select**Index (Bar)**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Path (bin)**

- In
- In
**Nested Calculation**select**TC_Sales**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Path (bin)**

- In
- In
**Nested Calculation**select**TC_Max Sales**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Order Date**and**Path (bin)** - Ensure that
**Order Date is on top**

- In

- In

We will repeat this for the Y pill:

- Right-click on the
**Y pill**and select**Edit Table Calculation**- In
**Nested Calculation**select**Index (Bar)**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Path (bin)**

- In
- In
**Nested Calculation**select**TC_Sales**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Path (bin)**

- In
- In
**Nested Calculation**select**TC_Max Sales**- In
**Compute Using**select**Specific Dimensions**and select**Order Date**and**Path (bin)** - Ensure that
**Order Date is on top**

- In

- In

Lastly:

- Change the
**Mark Type**to**Polygon** - Drag
**Path (bin)**onto the**Path Mark**

You should now see the following:

Now we will adjust the cosmetics:

- Hide the Zero Lines
- Hide the X-Axis and Y-Axis Headers
- Hide the Grid Lines
- Adjust the Colors
- Adjust the Tooltips

You should now have the following:

*Note: Try adjusting the parameters, and also the TC_Starting Point calculated field*

and boom, we are done! I hope you enjoyed creating this data visualization and learned some cool techniques as well. As always, you can find this data visualisation on Tableau Public at https://public.tableau.com/profile/toan.hoang#!/vizhome/SquareSpiralColumnCharts/SquareSpiralColumnChart

## Summary

I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it and as always do share the love. Do let me know if you experienced any issues recreating this Visualization, and as always, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter @Tableau_Magic. Do also remember to tag me in your work if you use this tutorial.

Also, do be sure to check out our various courses:

- Creating Bespoke Data Visualizations (Udemy)
- Introduction to Tableau (Online Instructor-Led)
- Advanced Calculations (Online Instructor-Led)
- Creating Bespoke Data Visualizations (Online Instructor-Led)

Hi Toan Hoang,

Very good tutorial! However, I was stuck at the “Edit Table Calculation” for X and Y. There is no Index (Bar) for the dropdown options. And are we supposed to select three different Nested Calculations for both X and Y? I believe we can only select one option at a time. I hope you could advise me on this. Recently knew about your blog and really love it!

Duy Nguyen

That is strange, I just did a double-check, and it should be available option. Please try the tutorial again, and if it still does not work, please send me an email to toan.hoang@tableau.toanhoang.com

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Hi Toan, I’m sure I must be missing something but when I do these last two steps:

“Lastly:

Change the Mark Type to Polygon

Drag Path (bin) onto the Path Mark”

Everything goes blank and all the marks and polygons disappear.

Could use some help.

I’m using the latest Tableau Desktop version

If possible, please send me your packaged workbook to toan.hoang@tableau.toanhoang.com

Hello, Thanks for the prompt reply, I’ve managed to sort it out in the mean time. For some reason the join calculation was reverting to the Path field and not accepting the 1.

I had to remove and paste the path create the join calculation again and now it works.

On another note, if I wanted to leave a gap between bars, or remove 0 from the axis so that the difference between the bars is more noticeable, how would I go about it?

Regards,

Jorge