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October 22, 2018

Makeover Monday: Historical Major League Baseball Beer Prices

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It's #TC18 and we're hosting a Makeover Monday Live with 1000 people. I thought it would be fun to use (1) a simple data set and (2) my very first Makeover Monday viz. We decided to use this viz so that people could see how practicing week after week can improve their skills like it has mine.

What works well?

  • The title is clear and tells the reader what the data is about.
  • The user can sort the data based on their preference.
  • The placement of the sort options encourages interaction.
  • The rank helps show where a team falls amongst the league.
  • The color of the bars goes with the beer theme.

What could be improved?

  • The data source is not listed.
  • Having so labels on the end of every bar makes the viz too busy.
  • The beer mug icons are completely unnecessary.
  • The font looks very small.

What did I do?

  • The new data set has data for 2013-2018 (except 2017), so I wanted to make sure I looked at the data over time.
  • Made the title more descriptive so that the user (hopefully) understands what the line represents.
  • I borrowed several techniques I learned from Workout Wednesday week 41:
    • Shading those that have increased prices vs. 2013 with a red background
    • Labeling the top middle with the team and the latest price
    • Labeling the end of each line; in WW the labels were all placed on the lower-right of each pane, but I didn't like how it looked in this case
  • Ordered the teams from highest to lowest based on the latest price
  • Organized the team in a trellis format so they fit nicely into a 6x5 grid
  • Included the data source. my name, and the inspiration for the design

And here's my Makeover Monday week 41. Click on the image for the interactive version. I can't wait to see what everyone creates at MM Live!

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