Data Viz Done Right

October 4, 2016

Motor Vehicle Occupant Death Rates in the USA

I was reading through feedly this morning and saw this great viz by The Economist.

I really like this simplicity of the viz, yet the detail and insight it provides. In particular, I like the Gantt chart style they used to compare 2000 to 2013. One of the best way to learn is to recreate charts you find and like.

For my version, I used data from the CDC about motor vehicle deaths by state in the US. Overall I went with a similar Gantt bar style to compare the change in the years. I made these additional enhancements:

  • Removed the line that makes them look like candlesticks
  • Muted the gridlines
  • Moved the labels next to the bars
  • Colour-coded the bars to show whether each state has increased of decreased
  • Moved the United States average to the top to make it easier to compare to

Which version do you prefer? What else would you do differently? You can click on the image below to download the workbook from Tableau Public.