Data Viz Done Right

July 2, 2017

Makeover Monday: When did Tourism Peak in Berlin?

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This week #MakeoverMonday on Tour heads to Berlin, so naturally we're looking at a viz and data about Berlin. After a quick Google search, I found the official statistics page for the city and had a poke through their available stats and vizzes. Given that I'm in Berlin for the weekend as a tourist, I thought we'd look at tourism data.

First, let's look at the viz to review:

What works well?

  • Using a continuous, single color palette
  • Legend is clearly labeled; even though it's in German, I can still understand it.
  • Nice interactivity
  • Including options to pick the metric

What could be improved?

  • The callout for Berlin is confusing since there's no indication that's what was done.
  • There's no sense of change over time.
  • Need a more informative title.
  • The color palette is pretty dull.

What were my goals?

  • Think about what would be important to me as a tourist. Things like time of year to visit, places to visit, who visits, all impact my decisions on when to go places.
  • Give an overall historical perspective through the use of a marginal histogram. I was definitely influenced by those created by Sarah Bartlett and Rodrigo Calloni last week. 
  • In only had about 30 minutes to work on it, so I spent about 5 minutes building the viz and another 25 formatting.
  • Go with a black and white theme; actually I used the Facebook grey to black palette.
  • Since some of the values go below 1 million, display those in thousands (e.g., 123K).
  • Include the max values in the title as BANs.

With that, here's my Makeover Monday week 27 viz. See you at Makeover Monday Live in Berlin!

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