Highlighting data viz best practices around the web

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Migration within the UK

SourceTableau Public
AuthorRob Radburn


Best Practices:
  • Great example of long-form storytelling!
  • Excellent narratives that add context to the visualisations
  • Good use of color for movement in and out of local authorities
  • Fascinating sociology case study shown displayed visually
  • Great use of a hex map
  • Really like using a map as a legend
  • Nice use of a ? icon for more information and to show the data sources
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Would be nice to be able to highlight a single local authority throughout by clicking on any of the maps
  • Label the map that is used as the legend directly. That would make the map bigger and removed the big legend.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Power to the People: A Quick Look at UK Electricity Usage Patterns


Best Practices:
  • Love the title!
  • Nice annotations
  • Simple design that's easy to understand
  • Black background works well
  • Really nice heatmap; great color choices
  • Nice chart titles that tell you what's happening therefore aiding understanding
  • Nice option to custom the heatmap
  • Line chart makes the seasonality really evident
  • Axes on the line charts help with framing
  • Not including gridlines
  • Great tooltips on the line charts
Recommended Enhancements:
  • The blue text on the black background makes my eyes strain a bit, but I'm getting old. Maybe it's just me.
  • Add tooltips to the heatmap

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Commuting Habits in London





Best Practices:
  • Great minimalist design
  • Excellent additional information in the tooltips
  • Beautiful hex maps of London; first time I’d seen these for London
  • Terrific use of icons for interactivity
  • Nicely placed instructions in the sub-title
  • Great font and color that matches the TFL
  • Incredible insight can be gained from it. For example:
    • You can easily see that most tube riders are north of the Thames while most train riders are south of the river.
    • The primary taxi riders live in the posh sections of the city: Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea.
    • Car commuters primarily live on the outskirts of London.
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Use a different shape in the tooltips to make them look more like bar charts than squares
  • Include a note about the timeframe that was used to create the viz

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