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August 28, 2017

Makeover Monday: Player Arrests in the NFL since 2000

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The start of the 2017 NFL regular season is right around the corner, so this week we're taking a look at player behaviour, specifically, players arrested since 2000. The data come from NFLArrest.com and I used Alteryx to call their API and download and prep the data. Pretty simple workflow!


Let's have a quick look at the original viz.


What works well?

  • Really nice interactivity
  • Fast and slick filtering options
  • Sorting the teams from worst to best
  • Allowing the user to customize the view
  • Showing the top 5 in three categories
  • Expand button allows you to quickly see a bigger chart
  • Option to click on a team and quickly drill into that team

What could be improved?

  • The Hide All and Show All buttons are unnecessary.
  • Too many colors
  • Tooltips aren't very useful
  • Comparisons are more difficult than they need to be

My Goals

  • Allow for comparisons between teams
  • Make the patterns more obvious
  • Reduce the complexity of the view
  • Choose simple chart types
  • Show BANs to summarize the data
  • Make a mobile-friendly view

With those goals in mind, here's my Makeover Monday week 35. Enjoy!

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