Tiled maps come in many variations. You can do circles, squares or hexagons. Here are a few examples of why you’d want to choose a tiled map over a traditional map. FiveThirtyEight.com is a terrific site for political and sports analytics. It is also a great source of inspiration for those who work in data visualization. In 2015, FiveThirtyEight began using a stylized map of the United States when it presented information that was not dependent on population or location (other than a particular state). For instance, in December 2015 it featured an interactive visualization that incorporated past voting demographics to visualize what it would take for a Democrat or Republican to win a particular state. One good thing about a tiled map is that it is different from what people expect a map of the U.S. to look like, so it captures their attention easily. It also eliminates the information about a State’s size from the visualization. As a State’s size has nothing to do with its political makeup, it should be eliminated from a visualization if possible. I am an old real time strategy game fan, so when I saw the hexagonal tile map at Sir Viz-a-Lot’s website, I knew I had to figure out how he did it. Thankfully, it wasn’t too much more difficult than creating the square tiled map.