Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Supreme Court Tenure by Justice

Source: Tableau Public
Author: Adam McCann

Best Practices:

  • Engaging
  • Beautiful design
  • Excellent interactivity that displays the name/summary of each Justice
  • Great use of colour
  • Simple filtering
  • Nice summary at the top
  • Clear explanations; this is very handy for a non-typical visualisation type
  • Nice scale labelling
  • Wide/short layout works well
  • Black background makes the data pop


Recommended Enhancements
:

  • None

Decrypting ABV and IBU: Choose your favourite beer!

Source: The Viz Connoisseur
Author: Simona Loffredo

Best Practices:

  • Overall excellent design
  • Lovely title that clearly tells me what it’s about
  • Including the definitions of ABV and IBU was a good idea for those that don’t know about them
  • Great idea to include the food recommendations for each quadrant
  • Nice filtering for the scatterplot
  • Good tooltips
  • Good colour and font choices


Recommended Enhancements
:

  • Have the filters in the top chart also updated the bottom chart
  • Make a mobile version so it can be used like an app at a pub

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mapping the Spread of Obesity

Source: Flowing Data
Author: Nathan Yau


Best Practices:

  • Great example of small multiples
  • Excellent interactivity
  • Great legend to show which states are where in the tiled map
  • Good use of color; the green and purple contrast well
  • Shows regional trends really well
  • Clearly shows how the entire United States is now overweight on average


Recommended Enhancements
:

  • Doesn’t fit in a single screen (at least no on my MacBook Pro), making it more difficult than necessary to see all maps at once
  • The color legend implies that overweight starts at 20%, when by the CDC’s definition 25% body mass index is the start of the overweight range

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