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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Railroads of the Contiguous United States

Source: Tableau Public
Author: Ben Jones

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Best Practices:
  • Dark map background makes the rail lines stand out
  • Good color choices for the status of the rail lines
  • Visually appealing
  • Makes a complex network look simple
  • Simple design that doesn't require much instruction
Recommended Enhancements:
  • The placement of the title looks strange. It should be either left or center justified; I would center-justify it in this case.
  • Highlight actions are way too slow, which makes it not nearly as fun to use. It took 18 seconds for Operational to render when clicked; that's unacceptable.

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