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June 5, 2016

Makeover Monday: Facebook’s Drive Towards Clean & Renewable Energy Sources


Since I’m visiting my old stomping grounds at Facebook later this week, I thought it’d be a great time to look at a series of donuts charts published on the Facebook Sustainability page. For this makeover, I’m going back to a method I’ve used in the past that demonstrates my makeover process. That is, I’m using Tableau’s story points feature to walk through the step-by-step makeover.

My process works like this:

  1. Evaluate the existing visualisation - What works well? What needs improvement?
  2. Rebuild the original chart in Tableau
  3. Capture each version of the chart along the way and indicate what I changed
  4. Finish with the final makeover

This process also helps me iterate quickly and keep as close to the one hour “recommended” time as possible. Without further ado, here’s my makeover for this week.


  1. Dear Andy Please share the shape file, or what is the source to download.

  2. Hey guys, I found that if you also include the data for the kilowatt hour use a different story is told. That story is that all categories of energy usage are rising. Since clean & renewable are rising by a lot more then the others it makes it look as if the others are going down. Check out my visualization and let me know what you guys think.!/vizhome/FacebookEnergySources_1/Dashboard1