Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Lifespan of an Evening News Anchor

Source: FiveThirtyEight
Authors: Harry Enten

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Best Practices:

  • Nice grouping by network
  • Great use of a DNA chart to show the time span
  • Good use of colour to separate the networks
  • Only including the years at the top and including gridlines effectively reduces the viz to only what is necessary
  • The layout nicely shows how ABC has had so many more anchors than CBS and NBC

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Include a number for each person somewhere so that I don’t have to calculate the length of time in my head
  • Include an explanation as to why ABC has had so many anchors
  • I know it’s their style, but I find the gray background distracting. A white background (or no background) would be cleaner.

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