Infographics in QlikView Vol. 2

I was wandering around my usual QlikView blogs when I found a post by Rebecca Camper (follow her design blog, INTUIQLIK for stylish ideas!) where she showed some cool data visualizations from Simon Spring, a canadian designer. All of them were easy to the eye, but I found this one especially interesting: RebCam Coincidentally, later that day I found this other post in LinkedIn that used infographics to illustrate employee satisfaction. It showed some curious numbers about why people stay in their jobs, reward systems and work-life balance.

So anyway, long story short, inspiration came and here’s the second volume of Infographics in QlikView. As you remember, in our last tutorial I showed you how to use bar / block charts, images with transparency and layers to create something like this: informejor
Today, we’re going to work with pivot tables and some images to create these: New2



As always, you can download the ZIP package that contains the QVW, images and data sources needed to create all the objects shown above.

1.- First, we will create a pivot table with two calculated dimensions (same expression for both):


2.- Add the following expression:

info2-23.- Expand the whole table. Drag and drop the second dimension to the top border in order to create a cross table.


4.- As you can see, we have created a matrix that goes from 1 to 100 (I’m sure you now know where this is headed). Change the current expression for this one:


We’re comparing every cell value against an expression and assigning an image in response. In this case my calculation represents the employee turnover of the company. If you’re using a percentage, remember to multiply it by 100


5.- In the Expressions tab, go to Display Options. Select Representation: Image and Image Formatting: Keep Aspect.info2-6

6.- The chart is now fully functional, but it may need some extra formatting.


7.- Remove the caption


8.- Remove the borders


9.- In the Presentation tab, select Wrap cell text > 2 lines


10.- In the Style tab remove the vertical cell borders (dimension and expression). Also, set both transparency bars to 100%.


11.- Your chart should look like this:


12.- In order to hide those numbers, activate the design grid (CRTL + G) and in the menu, select Custom Format Cell. (This option may not be available if you don’t activate the design grid).


13.- Set the Text color to white or transparent and apply the change for all the dimensions and expressions.


14.- Adjust the column width and include some icons and text objects.


Voilà! Infographic created. You can also simplify this chart by removing one of the dimensions to create a single row instead of a matrix. Some detail may be lost, but it is a smaller object.


Well, I hope you liked today’s post. Any suggestions or ideas? Leave a comment in the section below!

22 thoughts on “Infographics in QlikView Vol. 2

  1. Steve Dark says:

    Nice implementation. I much prefer this to have transparent objects around the place. I’m doing an HR app at the moment – so may need to drop in one of these. Thanks!

  2. 11qq says:

    Hi why i cant go through the third steps where First and sec calc variables show “FirstVar”, “Sec Var” on the A1 and B1 cell on Pivot table, not 12345678910 ?


    • Hi,

      The steps to create the matrix that goes from 1 to 100 are:
      1. Create the objet (Pivot Table)
      2. Click Next
      3. Add Calculated Dimension > ValueLoop(1, 10)
      4. Click OK
      5. Add Calculated Dimension > ValueLoop(1, 10)
      6. Click OK
      7. Click Next
      8. In the “Edit Expression” dialog add a dummy expression > 5+2
      9. Click OK
      10. Click Finish
      11. You should have a table with one column that goes from 1 to 10 and another with the value “7”
      12. Right click on the first column > Expand All
      13. Drag the second column (from the header) and drop it over the third column
      14. Change the expression “7+2” to “(10 * (RowNo()-1) + ColumnNo()) ”
      15. Done

      Tell me if it solved your problem 

      • Lorna Louw says:

        hi Julian

        thanks so much.

        the information in the model is quite sensitive…I wouldnt want to share here.

        can you provide me with an email address I can share with?


  3. Lak says:

    Hi, The link to download doesn’t work, is it available anywhere else or can you please email it to me?


    • I checked the link and it’s OK, maybe it’s the network blocking DropBox… But if you send me your email I can send it directly to you 🙂

  4. Hello,
    I tried the turnover chart and when i add a line with the value 80 % ,81 men’s turned red , can’t figure out the problem o.O,
    Best Regards.

  5. zeid says:

    I tried round() on the second part of the expression and it works well now , thanks for the reply

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