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August 13, 2017

Makeover Monday: How Has the Number of Births Changed Since Your Baby Was Born?


If this data set and viz look familiar, it's because I highlighted it a few weeks ago on DataVizDoneRight and it was also the source for Workout Wednesday Week 31.

What works well?

  • Incredible interactivity
  • Amazing storytelling as your scroll down the page
  • Great use of minimal colors for highlighting
  • Great use of context
  • Nice example of stepped lines
  • Including a link to the source
  • Good placement of the filters at the top to encourage the user to use them first
  • Including event icons which update the viz based on the year you're viewing
  • Great annotations

What could be improved?

  • Could use a more impactful title

This is such an amazing viz and a pretty interesting data set. I'm curious to see what else the Makeover Monday community can come up with.

My Viz

I also recently highlighted a viz by Curtis Harris (my review / his viz) that I have been wanting to try to recreate. While this data set isn't the same, it's the technique and design by Curtis that I wanted to mimic. Thanks Curtis for the inspiration!

With that, here's my Makeover Monday week 33, in which I look at the number of babies born by State since your baby was born.


  1. Hi Andy, which version of Tableau is this workbook created with? I am not able to open it with 10.2.1. Thanks.