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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why it is closing time for so many London pubs

Source: The Economist
Author: The Economist Daily Charts


Best Practices:
  • Great use of a tile map
  • Including the Thames makes it easy to see areas north and south of the river
  • Labelling only the left side of each row of charts
  • Keeping the scale consistent across all charts
  • Using area charts makes the decline very obvious
  • Making a darker line for the edge of the area chart helps accentuate the trend
  • Minimal use of colors that match the Economist theme
  • Including a "how to read" chart on the upper left
  • Including the number for the number of pubs for context
  • Sizing the dots for the number of pubs helps see where more pubs are located since the chart shows percent change
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Use a more impactful title
  • Give the borough names more space so they are contained within the blue area

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