Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Economically and Physically, Blackpool is Unwell

Source: Financial Times
Author: John Burn-Murdoch

Best Practices:

  • Great title and use of color in the title so that a color legend is necessary
  • Each chart title is perfectly worded; not too brief, not too long
  • Love the labeling of the lines
  • Including the value of the gaps at the start and end of the line so that the reader doesn't have to do the math in their head.
  • Making the Blackpool line slightly thicker so that it stands out a touch more
  • Good use of annotations
  • Including key metrics that support the title and help explain the problem
  • Minimal use of gridlines on all of the charts to keep it from looking too busy

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Does the scale of the line chart (tall and skinny) over exaggerate the change?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Across the globe, personality is rated as more important than looks

Source: YouGov
Author: YouGov

Best Practices:

  • Excellent title and subtitle
  • Including the survey dates in the footer
  • Good annotations to emphasize the biggest differences
  • Including minimal axis labels then using white gridlines for every 10%; this really helps reduce clutter
  • Symbols for men and women are easy to distinguish from one another
  • Since the title refers to women's preferences, sorting the countries by women's response rate make sense

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Make it interactive so that you hover and see the percentages
  • Allow an option to sort by men's response rate, though this would distract from the title

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