Data Viz Done Right

November 26, 2018

Makeover Monday: The Cost of a Night Out

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For Makeover Monday week 48, Eva chose this visualization from Thrillist (created by Statista):


What works well?

  • Choosing a topic that is relatable
  • Good title and subtitle
  • Sorting the bars from most expensive to least expensive
  • Using colors that are easy to distinguish
  • Including the labels on the ends to the bars

What could be improved?

  • Lose the icons on the lower right
  • Remove the gridlines and axis labels (they're not necessary if the ends of the bars are labeled)
  • Remove the flags next to each city; First they add no value. Second, the data is about cities not countries.
  • The title is a bit misleading; this is only a selection of cities.
  • Using a stacked bar chart makes comparisons across the items difficult; maybe if this was interactive and you could choose the item to sort by, it would work better.

What I did

  • I wanted to make the comparisons easier, so I chose to create a bump chart.
  • I added a highlight selector so the user can focus on a single city, yet keep the others in the view for context.
  • I sorted the values from least expensing (top) to most expensive (bottom).

With that, here's my Makeover Monday week 48.

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