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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Olympic Sports That Have Come and Gone

Source: FiveThirtyEight
Author: Allison McCann


Best Practices:

  • Very well organised
  • Easy to understand
  • Good use of color; they’re synonymous with the Olympics
  • Nice labelling
  • Good use of annotations


Recommended Enhancements
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  • The design highlights the sports that have gone away. It might make more sense to switch these around so that these sports fade away with a light grey.
  • It’s too hard to see the reinstated sports. Maybe include another color for these.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ichiro: All 3000 MLB Hits

Source: Twitter
Author: MLB Stat of the Day

Best Practices
:
  • Nice use of images
  • Good use of color to distinguish the types of hits
  • Using a spray chart clearly shows how Ichiro could hit the ball to any part of the park
  • Using a dot for each hit and a different color for each hit type shows all of his power was to rightfield
  • A baseball field as a background helps add context (some problem though)
  • Including the distance markers to aid in understanding

Recommended Enhancements
:
  • How many yellow dots are behind those purple dots? We can’t tell because there’s no transparency.
  • While using a baseball field as a background is cute, no two fields are the same. So, this image shows doubles beyond the field and home runs inside the park.
  • The field is on a weird angle. It would be better if home plate was in the 6 o’clock position.
  • His 3000th hit is really hard to find. If the author wants to highlight it, then they should make it more prominent.

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