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April 16, 2018

Makeover Monday: The Seasonality of Confirmed Malaria Cases in Zambia Southern Province

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For Makeover Monday week 16, Eva and I are hosting a #MakeoverMonday Live at Tableau HQ in London. The data and viz this week were provided by Jonathan Drummey and the Visualize No Malaria project.


What works well?

  • The colors are distinct from each other.
  • The seasonality is very evident.
  • The title is simple and tells us what theviz is about.

What could be improved?

  • Are the colors stacked or is one behind the other?
  • The overall decline is harder to see than necessary.
  • What happened at the spikes? Adding some annotations would be helpful.
  • Why is the data split between health facilities and health workers?

My Goals

  • Can I show the overall decline more effectively?
  • What does the viz look like when I combine the health facilities and health workers?
  • Are there colors that will work more effectively?
  • How can I make the seasonality more evident?

With those goals in mind, here is my Makeover Monday week 16. If this looks somewhat familiar, I created a very similar viz with a very similar data set for Makeover Monday week 34 2016.

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