March 27, 2017
Makeover Monday: The Secret of SuccessMakeover Monday week 13, we looked at a visualisation that I found on Visual.ly that I use in the Data School's first data viz training class where we look at critically evaluating visualisations.
Andy Cotgreave messaged Eva and me about this particular viz and found a great article that does an excellent in-depth review of this particular piece. Reading the article helped reassure the thoughts that I've had about this chart over the years.
What works well?
- Engaging design
- Clear labels on the values
- Legend matches the shape of each amoeba
- Everything is scaled in proportion
- Good color choices
- Nice big title
What doesn't work well?
- The subtitle is very offensive. It sure seems this survey was conducted by some extreme right-wing group.
- The overlapping colors make it hard to follow the pattern.
- Radar charts are very hard for making comparisons across categories.
- The radars are curved to make the segments appear to take up more space.
- Unnecessary icons
I wanted to be able to compare all of the segments in one view, meaning both across social strata and across reasons. I did a quick bit of google image searching to get some ideas for survey visualisations to help gather my thoughts.
In the end, I went with a simple small multiple, waffle chart type design (mind you they are circles instead of squares). I chose to highlight the largest response rate for each social strata and call out in the title the key findings.
Click on the image for the interactive version.