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March 20, 2017

Makeover Monday: The Giant Killers of the NCAA Tournament

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It's March Madness time and Eva found a great viz to makeover from Business Insider. By great, I mean terrible, as in great for Makeover Monday.


What works well?

  • Years are in order
  • Nothing else

What doesn't work well?
  • It makes no sense whatsoever to add up the seeds.
  • There is no consistency in the coloring of the bars.
  • The text call out in the middle has nothing to do with the chart.
  • It's way too busy.
  • I have to rotate my head sideways to read the years.

For my view, I wanted to focus on the upsets because that's what makes the NCAA Tournament so exciting! Cinderella can make it to the ball and often does. I went with American Typewriter for the font to make it look more like a newspaper headline. The regions are ordered geographically (thanks for the feedback Eva).

3 comments :

  1. the only problem with using region is that it's arbitrary. North Carolina has played in all four regions.

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    1. Yeah, I know that, but I had to organize them somehow.

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    2. fair enough :) looks great

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