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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Socializing with Friends over the Holidays

Source: FiveThirtyEight
Author: Heather Krause

Best Practices:
  • The layout is excellent for walking you through the story. It reads clearly from top to bottom and left to right.
  • The stacked bars work well and make the comparison easy.
  • The lollipop charts are all based on the same scale, so you can actually compare any of them.
  • Bolding the keywords emphasizes the topic.
  • They resisted adding color; gray scale is perfectly fine. Color isn't always necessary.
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Why the gray background?
  • I don't like CAPITALIZATION everywhere; my preference is proper case.
  • I don't like how the first letter of each word in the title is capitalized. If you want to capitalize the title, words like "with" and "the" shouldn't be capitalized. Here's a great set of rules.

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