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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Who Earns More Income in American Households?

Source: FlowingData
Author: Nathan Yau


Best Practices:
  • Using distinct colors for the genders
  • Using shading for density
  • Including BANs for the overall percentages
  • Simple, effective axis labels
  • Switching years by clicking on buttons for each year
  • Title clearly tells us what the viz is about
  • Using the sub-title to give more detail
  • Making the diagonal where the numbers are the same a single solid color so that the genders are separated
  • Blocks are each $5K and the labels are every $25K; this keeps the viz uncluttered
  • Great use of a heatmap

Recommended Enhancements:
  • Include tooltips so that you can see the actual values
  • Link to the source data

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