MakeoverMonday was an especially special event this week as the digital gathered together at the Tableau Customer Conference for a live makeover in Vegas. As you can imagine this is an exciting opportunity to meet fellow #MakeoverMonday regulars and newbies in real life, but also a challenge yourself to create something presentable within an hour while Andy and Eva looking over your shoulder. Personally, I would rather spend days wondering how I am going to visualize the dataset of the week, play with the numbers a bit and iterate far longer than any sane person.
The United Nations (UN) has a few ambitious goals up their globe spanning sleeves. In this post I’ll be writing specifically about the MY World 2030 survey. The United Nations MY World 2030 survey is gathering people’s views on the state of poverty, inequality and climate change, based on where you live. Data will be gathered to build up a picture of progress over the next fifteen years. The survey is a simple series of three questions:
What works Lines are clearly differentiated It is intuitive What could be improved I’ll work on the title Remove the legend (test for color blindness) Right align the y-axis labels Remove vertical grid line Add full years Add annotations at points where lines intersect Research proper x-axis / y-axis ratios A few fun tips Spectrum I use Spectrum to test for colorblindness. You can see the original colors work well, buuut I decided to go with some different colors anyway.
Read the full post to find out what the insight from this chart and Michael Phelps have in common. If you are finding this series for the first time visit P1 and P2 to see what has lead us to this point. There is so much I want to say about the value of makeovers, but that’s a topic for an entirely different post. It’s my honest opinion that participating in exercises such as these the best way to learn short from having a great team to push you every day.
In part 1 of this storytelling with data redesign series, we simply set the stage. In this post, we walk through the cleanup process. WHAT’S OUR OBJECTIVE? Most people are going to jump straight into the cleanup process as you might with a messy room. What’s out of place and where can I put it, so the room looks tidy again? No surprises here. I am going to approach the visual clean up the same way.
Cole, of storytelling with data, doesn’t host public redesigns often. This is a rare opportunity to practice with a master. Cole has been busily globetrotting for years teaching people at almost any company you can think of how to better tell stories with their data. She finds particular value in the power of storytelling, which you can learn more about by reading her book or attending her public workshops.
WHAT’S A LIFT? A lift is my way improving a visualization by isolating one feature that hinders our perception in some way. Data visualization is complex, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t informed approaches anyone can take to make more accessible visualizations. I hope by sharing these bite-size improvements we can learn how to avoid common missteps and better defend our design decisions. LET’S GET AFTER IT! Week 39 of Makeover Monday had us makeover a chart type I have started noticing more and more in the wild.