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January 13, 2015

Makeover Monday: Cristiano Ronaldo is the Most Popular Athlete in the World and it isn't Even Close

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I had a choice to make this evening, catch up on my backlog of Makeover Monday posts or work on my performance review.  Given that I enjoy writing about Tableau more than writing my performance review, allow me to present a second Makeover Monday of the day today.  In this post, I take a look at this chart from Cork Gaines of Business Insider:


I've reviewed a lot of Cork's charts and this one makes many of the same mistakes as his past charts:
  • It's incredibly annoying to have to turn my head sideways to read the chart.
  • The chart is in ascending order, yet the story emphasizes the descending order.
  • The colors aren't distinct enough from each other for me. For example, the colors for Track & Field and Cricket and too similar.
  • The chart, on it's own, doesn't capture the entire story that's in the article.
With these problems in mind, I went to the Facebook page for each athlete and noted their likes.  I then decided to use Tableau's Story Points feature. As Tableau says "Story Points gives the author the ability to present a narrative. As part of that narrative, the author can highlight certain insights and provide additional context."

You can download the data here and the workbook here.

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