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Friday, February 6, 2015

How the Seahawks and Patriots Got to the Top

Source: FiveThirtyEight
Author: Nate Silver, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Neil Paine

Best Practices:
  • Great use of highlighting when there are a ton of lines
  • Excellent labeling
  • Title and subtitle give all of the context needed to understand the charts
Recommended Enhancements:
  • The aspect ratio looks off. Best practices recommend a 3:2 width to height ratio, but this one looks like it's about 2:3, which makes the lines look steeper than they really are. 
  • I'd like to see this without the gray background, especially since most of the lines are gray, though the gray background is their style.

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