November 1, 2016
Makeagain Monday: Popping the Bubbles of the Scottish Index of Multiple DeprivationMegan Hunt told me that her mother calls Makeover Monday "Makeagain Monday", which got me thinking, maybe that should be the name for the series of posts I write where I makeover a Makeover Monday. So today, allow me to introduce you to Makeagain Monday.
The purpose isn't to pick on anyone. I use this as a teaching method. How can I take an existing visualisation and show I would improve and simplify it step-by-step. I only detail what I think doesn't work about the visualisation.
This week we looked at the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and Pablo Gomez create this visualisation (click on it for the interactive version):
What doesn't work?
- Packed bubbles are basically impossible to compare
- What does the size and color of the bubbles mean?
- Do the colors coordinate with the scatter plots? (The answer is no, but I didn't know that until I downloaded the workbook.)
- What do the scatterplots add? They all basically look the same.
- The massive image on the right takes up like 25% of the space. What does the flag mean?
With that, here's my step-by-step makeover as a gif. Click on the gif for my version on Tableau Public.