Thinking about the olympics and podiums, so here is a Tableau Quick Tip on Creating a Podium Bar Chart within 10 minutes or less.

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.


We will start by loading the following 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.

Calculated Fields

We only need to create the following Parameters and Calculation Fields:





TC_Podium Order

IF [TC_Rank] = 1 THEN
ELSEIF [TC_Rank]%2 <> 0 THEN

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


We will now build our worksheet:

  • Drag Order Date onto the Filter Panel and leave all selected
  • Drag Sub Category onto the Filter Panel and leave all selected
  • Drag Sales onto the Columns Shelf
  • Drag Sub-Category onto the Rows Shelf
  • Drag TC_Podium Order onto the Rows Shelf to the left of Sub-Category
    • Right-click on this pill, go to Compute Using and select Sub-Category

If all goes well, you should see the following:

We now need to adjust our cosmetics to get our final product:

  • Hide the TC_Podium Order and Sub-Category Header
  • Hide the Field Label for Rows
  • Hide the Sales Axis
  • Add TC_Rank, Sales and Sub-Category to the Label and format
  • Edit the Colour Mark

You want to end up with the following:

and boom, we are done with this Tableau Quick Tip, and I hope you had some seriously good fun; as always, you can find my data visualisation on Tableau Public at!/vizhome/PodiumBarChart/PodiumBarChart


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