March 6, 2017
Makeover Monday: Who are YouTube's Biggest Gaming Stars?Eva chose this simple table from SocialBlade of the top YouTube gaming channels for the Makeover Monday topic.
What works well?
- Tables are great for looking up specific values. Want to know how many views and/or subscribers the 73rd highest channel has? A table makes finding that really easy.
- Tables are precise; they provide exact values.
- The table is sorted by the rank, making it easy to process who is most popular.
What doesn't work?
- There's no real story to the data.
- Tables aren't engaging.
- Comparisons are difficult - How do the top 20% compare to the rest?
Really, there's not a whole lot more to say. I started this week with a Google search for some inspiration. I was looking for graphics that caught my eye, interesting statistics, good colors, etc. In the end, I chose to use the colors from this visualisation for my palette because I thought they fit well with YouTube's primary red.
I wanted to answer two simple questions with my visualisation:
- How do the top 20% of channels compare to the rest? Do they fit the Pareto principle?
- How many views do the top 10 channels have and how can I best compare them?
Originally I created a long dashboard, but found it too hard to see the entire story in one view, so I've switched to a wider view. Click on it for the interactive version.