I just wanted the map to disappear. Not completely off the page, mind you. No, I wanted the information, but the map needed to support, not own, the information. Sort of like the difference between the background lounge singer and letting Lady Gaga do jazz. No matter how much she strips down her performance, the latter doesn’t disappear.
I could take it white, black, or various shades of grey. I could hit MapBox, but the labels. Holy labels. It’s like glitter after a party with 7-year-olds: the glitter just goes for days.
To make things complicated, I wanted this thing a shade of buttercream yellow. I wanted lines and variations on a theme. I could do a custom image, but frankly, I knew there was a simpler way.
And there was. Two ways, actually, as Jeff Shaffer also documented.
So, for toddlers, too ADD to do it right, how to get a map yellow all over without 5 million labels? My solution – the Tableau Toddler way, not the right way – was to pull in my MapBox map and…get ready for this kids…completely disable all data layers.
Now, I know you’re thinking, seriously?! You go make a MapBox map to disable it? Just wait…
Dual axis your shapes – filled map and dots. Dual axis is the trick that keeps on giving. Here’s the nice thing about MapBox: it holds the shape, unlike the regular Tableau map when you try to make it transparent. You see, MapBox STARTS transparent. You actually add color to it in the build process on their site. The regular map DOESN’T, so it washes away the background when you set it to transparent, so it becomes white. That’s the key here, kids. Transparency. In Tableau. So you can show your background.
So, go the MapBox route. Then, right click on the background and format. Know what happens next? The oceans…the blank space…everything.
The maps, look at how they fade for you
How they support the things you do
And they were all YELLOW!
…They were all YELLOW!
A little viz with the music: