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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Gender Pay Gap

Source: Information is Beautiful
Author: Philippa Thomas

NOTE: This is very similar to a piece I did back in August with the same data that was more or less the same visualisation.

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Best Practices:
  • Nice grouping of the data by job sector
  • Great use of two axes that are synchronized yet are different metrics (hourly wage vs. salary)
  • Nice font choices
  • A DNA chart is a great choice for showing the differences
  • Nice used of a dashed line to break up the job sectors
  • Clean design that’s simply to read
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Include an overall for each job sector
  • Use a different for men; the colour used is tough to read
  • Line thickness connecting the dots should be consistent
  • Make it interactive so that I can filter to the sectors I’m interested in, filter the salary range, and hover over dots to see the actual value
  • Including links in the visualisation that you can’t actually click on makes no sense
  • Include links to the researcher and designer; I might be interested in more of their content
  • There’s no logic to the sorting
  • Highlight the roles where women are paid more than men; this will help emphasize the story

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