June 19, 2016
Makeover Monday: Theft in Japan
This past week felt like such a great week for learning and I feel fortunate that I have Makeover Monday to apply those learnings. There are two influences in particular I’d like to call out:
- Rob Radburn gave an amazing presentation about Makeover Monday at TC London. In his presentation he referenced the book “Steal Like an Artist” which I’ve read before. But then Rob went through several examples where he pointed out where he stole like an artist.
- The Data School gave presentations this week that focused on infographics. You can watch their presentations on YouTube here. I was totally blown away by their work and wanted to create one of my own this week.
Before we look at my viz, let’s have a quick look back at the original from Nippon.com.
What works well?
- The data is organized by the theft type, using color to distinguish the groups.
- The total number of thefts is included for context.
- Each outer ring is sorted properly, with “Other” being ranked last.
What doesn’t work well?
- A donut inside a donut is NEVER a good idea.
- Labeling every single slice makes the chart overwhelming and too busy.
- The theft types (inner donut) are in reverse order.
- The colors are ok, but not particularly outstanding.
- Making comparisons is very difficult.
As I mentioned, this week I wanted to create an infographic. Like Rob suggested, I did a quick Google search for inspiration and this identity theft chart from PC Magazine struck me for its colors and organization. Without further ado, here’s my Makeover Monday infographic.
I created this in Tableau 10; if you’d like to download it, you can do so here.