Data Viz Done Right

March 6, 2017

Makeover Monday: Who are YouTube's Biggest Gaming Stars?

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This week 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:
  1. How do the top 20% of channels compare to the rest? Do they fit the Pareto principle?
  2. 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.

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