Data Viz Done Right

September 24, 2017

Makeover Monday: Restricted Dietary Requirements Around the Globe

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This week we head back to a simpler data set. The data this week comes from Nielsen's "What's in our food and on our minds?" report. Specifically, we're taking a look at this visualisation on page 8:


What works well?

  • Consistent ordering of the countries within each diet type
  • Colors are easy to distinguish from one another
  • Arcs, while not best practice, are engaging and capture your attention
  • Subtitle that explains what the viz is about

What could be improved?

  • Comparing the length of arc is difficult, especially across diet types.
  • The icons are not needed since each diet is already labeled.
  • The story in the data is lost as it's not included along with the charts.

My goals

  • Simplify the visualisation; bar charts are a good place to start.
  • Turn the text from the previous page that explains the findings into a story of some sort, probably long form and not story points.
  • Remove the icons

With those goals in mind, here's my Makeover Monday week 39.

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