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Thursday, June 14, 2018

How the Flu Spread Across the Us This Year

SourceFiveThirtyEight
DesignerElla Koeze


Best Practices:
  • Great use of small multiple maps
  • Color legend effectively shows the severity categories
  • Including the dates above each map
  • Making each map the same length of time (one week)
  • Bright red really pops
  • Including the source at the bottom
Recommended Enhancements:
  • You have to read the subtitle several times to make sense of what it means (at least I did).
  • I would have the subtitle read "Influenza level by state*", then have a footnote at the bottom with the rest of the description.
  • Why isn't the designer's name credited on the chart?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Departed: Britain’s Government Is Breaking Records for Upheaval



Best Practices:
  • Great use case for stepped lines
  • Using highlighting for the UK
  • Emphasizing the latest party in bold
  • Including other governments for context in the background
  • Using a common baseline on the x-axis
  • Showing the y-axis on the right to make it more supplementary to the chart
  • Including the leader and years they were in leadership on the ends of the lines
  • Citing sources in the footer
  • Defining what "exits" means in the footer
  • Great chart dimensions
Recommended Enhancements:
  • Consider a more engaging title, though I do like a good pun
  • Would the orange lines look better without the white halo?

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