Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Friday, April 22, 2016

Women are Underrepresented in State Legislatures

Source: Behance
Author: Sonja Kuijpers


Best Practices
:

  • Great use of a trellis layout
  • Great use of color
  • Outstanding legend and directions
  • Nice summary at the top
  • Nice method for calling out the best and the worst states
  • Great labelling
  • The shading between the lines aid in understanding the gap
  • Good example of using a slope graph to compare two measures AND two dimensions
  • Very crisp looking
  • Clean design
  • Impactful

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Maybe make it a bit more compact by reducing the space between the states

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Historical US Presidential Elections

Source: Tableau Public
Author: Jacob Olsufka

Click the image for the interactive version


Best Practices:

  • Perfect use of color to represent the different political parties
  • Consistent use of colors
  • Option to choose different map types
  • Beautiful hex map 
  • Great use of images for the candidates; the subtle color borders are a nice touch
  • Nice stacked bar chart of the electorate by state
  • Good idea to include the reference lines on the bar charts
  • Good idea to make the bar charts diverging from the center
  • Nice selector for the election year
  • Nice labeling on the bar charts
  • Including the detail description between the candidates really adds to the story
  • Good placement of the color legend
  • Including the check mark for the winner


Recommended Enhancements
:

  • The shift from the previous election doesn’t work well for me. I think it’s a combination of using an arrow and the fading colors. A simple Gannt bar might work better.
  • What does the line in the middle of the previous election section mean?
  • Remove the line that cuts through all of the circles at the top
  • Change the circle selectors at the top to a heatmap style (filled rectangles)
  • It’s hard to tell what the map is colored by. Is it colored by the % of electoral votes or the % of the popular vote?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Causes of Gun Violence

Source: Facebook
Author: GOOD

The Causes of Gun Violence Identified

What is the leading cause of mass gun violence?

Posted by GOOD on Monday, February 22, 2016


Best Practices:

  • Amazing example of storytelling
  • Great use of color, video and motion
  • Excellent use of annotations
  • Leads to more conversation


Recommended Enhancements
:

  • Provide a link to the data
  • Include an interactive version so that you could get more information about the crimes

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