Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fair Market Value of College Football Players

Source: Business Insider
Author: Cork Gaines

Best Practices: 
  • Descending order rank
  • Simplicity of a bar chart
  • Focusing on the top 10 schools
  • Proper text alignment for the schools and the bar labels
  • Hiding the axis (since the bars are labeled)
  • Single color
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Less precision on the bar labels; showing them in thousands would suffice (e.g., $605K for Texas)
  • Add context by including another bar or a reference line for the average of all college football program. This would help show how much money the players at the top 10 schools are worth compared to the overall average.
  • Remove the column line between the school names and the bars

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Plates Around the States

Source: Visual.ly
Author: Lisa Mahapatra

Best Practices:
  • Clear title and sub-title
  • Good spacing between the maps
  • Maps are a reasonable size
  • Excellent use of small multiple
  • Good use of choropleth maps
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Change the title font to regular case, not all upper case
  • Consider not reusing the colors on all of the maps since they represent different things
  • Align the squares inside the color legends to make the legends look less cluttered

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