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Monday, September 21, 2015

Jackie Robinson vs. Every Player Before Him

Source: Tableau Public
Author: Ryan Sleeper

Click on the image for the interactive version.


Best Practices:

  • Visually very appealing
  • Including the baseball player sliding is a nice touch to enhance to aesthetics
  • Good title and subtitle that clearly tell me what I’m looking at
  • Simple design of lots of data
  • Nice use of tooltips
  • I like how only Jackie Robinson is highlighted amongst all of the players
  • Minimal use of colour
  • Clear axis labels
  • Nice use of divider lines to separate the header and footer
  • Good placement of the filter, which invites me to interact

Recommended Enhancements:

  • It isn’t clear why the 95th percentile is shown. Why not the 50th percentile? Why not the 75th?
  • Why are multiple fonts used? I prefer a single font if possible.

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