Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Friday, March 18, 2016

From Millions to Billions

Source: Fleximize
Author: Not listed

Click on the image for the full size version. It’s a really nice interactive version.


Best Practices:

  • Title catches your attention
  • Subtitle makes you more interested and sets up the story
  • Very well organized
  • Clear labeling of the headers
  • Pictures of the faces make it feel more real
  • Consistent use of colors makes it easy to understand and follow
  • Nice totals on the right for context and they’re out of the way as to not distract
  • Dark background works well and makes the bars pop out
  • Great tooltips!
  • Fantastic sorting interactivity
  • Great spacing; there’s a lot of information yet it still feels simple


Recommended Enhancements
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  • Include a filter for gender
  • Include more women

Monday, March 14, 2016

Highway of Tears: Mapping our Stolen Sisters

Source: Tableau Public
Author: Nai Louza

Disclaimer: Nai is a student of mine at the Data School. This work was done entirely on her own with no guidance from me.

Click on the image for the full size version.

Best Practices:

  • Great storytelling
  • Perfect layout
  • Really good title and subtitle
  • Including the images of the women and girls brings emotion to the viz
  • Including the line for the highway helps focus the problem and adds context
  • Monotone color choice works well with the somber message
  • Good use of color to identify murdered vs. missing
  • Excellent tooltips

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Maybe make the map bigger
  • Change the hover actions to click actions so that it works on a mobile device

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