Data Viz Done Right

November 25, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: Where are the squirrels of Central Park?

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When I saw the data set about New York's squirrels in the weekly email from Data is Plural, I knew it would be a fun data set for Makeover Monday and I had it all lined up for next week...that is until I went into our weekly planner and saw that Eva had already chosen it for this week.

Let's have a look at the original viz:


What works well?

  • A map is a good way to represent the location of the squirrels.
  • Showing the details on the map, like the ponds in the park and the roads around the park, help provide context.
  • The dots are easy to see against the background.
  • The title and description help explain the data.

What could be improved?

  • There are some red dots. What do those mean?
  • It would be interesting to see when the squirrels are spotted. Are there more in the winter? How do their habits change?

And here's my makeover. Enjoy!

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