Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Under the Knife: The Effects of Tommy John Surgery

Source: Tableau Public
Authors: Matt ChambersMatt Cobb 

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Best Practices
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  • Great logo at the top left with the knife!
  • I really like the picture of Tommy John on the right, since he’s the basis for the story.
  • Nice before and after summary
  • Being able to pick a pitcher and see how he did before and after and still be able to compare to the overall population
  • Showing the selected pitcher within the scope of all pitchers (as seen by the gray dots)
  • Using blue and red for the lines since those are the official colors of Major League Baseball
  • Viz is uncluttered; they removed all of the gridlines and borders from the charts
  • Writing out the description of the stats instead of using the abbreviations; this is great for people that don’t know baseball stats

Recommended Enhancements:

  • It would be amazing if the picture of Tommy John changed to the pitcher selected, but that’s nitpicky.
  • The red text in the summary section on the left is hard to read on a dark background; I would have used white text.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Simpsons Vizipedia

Source: Tableau Public
Author: David Newman

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Best Practices
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  • The attention to detail is incredible!
  • Great storytelling
  • Perfect use of color
  • Well organized
  • Every chart is the perfect choice
  • Adding the character pictures makes this more fun and increases the context

Recommended Enhancements:

  • None. I’m totally jealous of David’s ability to create stunning viz after stunning viz. Check out his profile and you’ll see what I mean.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Top Music Artists in the UK & US

Source: Dueling Data
Author: Adam McCann

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Best Practices:

  • Stunningly beautiful
  • I would have never guessed this was built in Tableau
  • Technically excellent
  • Great use of color
  • The narrations and explanations add a lot to the overall visualization
  • The borders throughout the viz break it up nicely and make it easier to digest.
  • The bar charts on the end provide a great summary.
  • Great use of the tooltips

Recommended Enhancements:

  • None. This is one of the best vizzes I have ever seen created in Tableau.

Goals Scored by Age: Is it Better to be a Drogba than an Owen?

Source: The Thompkins Times
Authors: Paul Tompkins & Robert Radburn


Best Practices
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  • The overall layout is excellent; a heat map is the perfect choice.
  • It’s really easy to see concentrations because of the color choices made: blue = cool, red = hot.
  • The detailed analysis in the article is fantastic.
  • Ronaldo and Messi are really, really good.

Recommended Enhancements:

  • The legend is missing. When does a square turn from blue to red?
  • Change the title so that this can be seen as a standalone graphic.
  • Include the lifetime goals between the player name and the heat map.

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