Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Big Job Gains and Rising Pay in Labor Data

Source: New York Times
Author: Nelson Schwartz



Best Practices:
  • Highlighting the latest data point in both the bar chart and the line chart
  • Minimal labeling
  • Proper aspect ratios on the charts
  • Simple titles
  • Showing the value of the latest data point
  • Noting the source of the data
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Remove the gray background; this would be easier to read with a white background
  • Make the gridlines lighter

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