A quick post this week!
My makeover focused only on the most recent year, 2015. I did look at the trends, but didn’t find anything particularly of note to add to or support the story. I wanted to keep things simple. I played around with versions without maps, but this data set seems challenging to show in other formats. Any time I took the map out, I found myself wanting to know the detail of each mark: WHAT country is it and WHERE is it?
This week’s original chart came from CNBC.
Here’s what I like:
- I happen to know this one was specifically designed for mobile. CNBC had a very specific brief that required the dashboard to render correctly on mobile devices. With that in mind, the dash is quite small and simple.
- It has a nice “About” tooltip in the top left, where I’m likely to see it.
- The lookup table does allow me to see individual numbers, should I wish to find them.
What I’d improve:
- The colour palette seems arbitrary to me. I think there are nicer palettes available which could portray the categories more clearly
- The circles in the lookup table make it hard to read the numbers.
- I don’t like the vertically oriented labels in the upper table. There is space enough to have them horizontal
Here are a couple of ideas I rejected:
The timelines didn’t reveal too much and the dots left me feeling too curious about the actual country each dot represented. Hence I went back to a map.
I had a crazy idea that listing out all the countries next to a stacked bar would work. It didn’t. Or did it? Could you see that idea going anywhere?