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Tableau QT: Bar Chart with Floating Icons


Requested from a student, here is a Tableau Quick Tip (QT) on creating a Bar Chart with a floating icons. So in 5 minutes or less, we are going to build this cool data visualisation.


Let us start by loading the following data in Tableau Desktop / Public.

Social Platform,Monthly Actives


Download the following file and unzip this to you My Tableau Repository.

Note: You can read more about using custom shapes in Tableau in the following article: https://tableau.toanhoang.com/tableau-qt-custom-shapes

Calculated Fields

Create the following Calculated Fields:


SUM([Monthly Actives])+(WINDOW_MAX(SUM([Monthly Actives]))/5)

Note: this calculation appends an extract amount of distance to the monthly sales value, this is because we want the logo to sit above the bars, but by a constant amount, so we take the maximum value in the data visualisation.

and that is it, let us now build our worksheet.


We will now create our worksheet:

  • Drag Social Platform onto Columns.
  • Drag Monthly Actives onto Rows.
  • Drag Logo onto Rows.
    • Right-click on this object and select Dual Axis.
    • Right-click on the Logo Axis Header and select Synchronize Axis.
  • In the SUM(Monthly Actives) Mark Panel.
    • Change the Mark Type to Bar.
  • In the Logo Marks Panel.
    • Change the Mark Type to Shape.
    • Drag Social Platforms onto the Shape Mark.
  • in the All Marks Panel.
    • Drag Social Platform onto the Color Mark.

If all goes well, you should see something like the following:

Now we will adjust the cosmetics:

  • Hide the Axis Headers
  • Hide the Grid Lines
  • Adjust the Sizes
  • Apply the Shapes
  • Add a Label
  • Add a Tooltip
  • Add a sort order

I also want you to apply the following Colors to the social platform.

  • Facebook: #3b5998
  • YouTube: #ff0000
  • WhatsApp: #25d366
  • Instagram: #c32aa3
  • Reddit: #ff4500
  • Twitter: #1da1f2
  • LinkedIn: #007bb5
  • SnapChat: #fffc00
  • Pinterests: #bd081c

Note: Click on the Color mark, then double-click on the Social Platform to allow you to enter in the custom Color.

You should hopefully have the following:

and boom, we are done. We have created our Bar Chart with Floating Icons in Tableau. You can find my data visualisation Tableau Public at https://public.tableau.com/profile/toan.hoang#!/vizhome/BarChartwithFloatingIcons/BarChartwithFlotingIcons


I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Do let me know if you experienced any issues recreating this Visualisation, and as always, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter @Tableau_Magic.

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  1. Can we add the images to tree map with respective to the counts.
    For e.g. Nike Brand has highest Sale so that brand should be at the big square with the Nike logo image.
    Is this possible in tableau

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