Data Viz Done Right

February 3, 2019

Makeover Monday: How Chinese New Year Compares With Thanksgiving

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This week, Eva chosen another viz from Statista, this time the chart attempts to compare Chinese New Year with Thanksgiving in the U.S.


What works well?

  • Good title and subtitle
  • Using colors that are easy to distinguish from each other
  • Including the numbers to give the circles context

What could be improved?

  • Comparing circles is very difficult; what are we to compare? The size? The diameter? Either way, it's very difficult.
  • Remove the background image
  • Make the numbers comparable. China's population with way bigger than the US. Converting them to per capita would make for better comparisons.

What did I do

  • Transposed the data so that I had a column for each measure
  • Create per capita calculations for each measure
  • The trips and spending data looked like the most interesting, do I discarded the viewership data since that really has nothing to do with the other data.
  • Changed the circles to simple bar charts
  • Made the titles of the charts state the message of the chart

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