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April 15, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: Info We Trust - Word by Word Analysis


UPDATE (19-Apr)

Based on feedback from Eva and Jeffrey Shaffer during Viz Review, I've made the following changes:
  1. Removed the sorting from the table on the right. When you click on a word, it now stays in its position rather than moving to the top.
  2. Made the titles of the bar charts on the right more succinct.

Thank you Jeff & Eva for your feedback!!

Week 16 is here and in collaboration with RJ Andrews, author of Info We Trust, we are making over a word cloud he created based on the frequency of the 270 most popular words in the book.

What works well?

  • The most frequent words stand out because of their size.
  • The word cloud looks interesting, meaning it captures your attention.

What could be improved?

  • There are too many colors.
  • The words are rotated in different directions.
  • Sizing the words make it difficult to compare them and rank them.
  • It's a book about data and the biggest word is data...go figure!

What I did

  • We had been practicing set actions last week at The Data School, so I thought I'd replicate this dashboard by Lindsey Poulter.
  • I wanted to rank the words and also rank the words within each section of the book.
  • Create a mobile version based on the template Tableau builds for you automatically.

With that, here's my Makeover Monday week 16. 


  1. Can you please make the Tableau workbook downloadable? I'd like to reverse engineer this dashboard.