Data Viz Done Right

May 13, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: Rhino poaching in South Africa - Is the decrease a real reversal?

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Back from a successful 100 mile cycling event in Birmingham, I'm taking on Makeover Monday week 20. This week, Eva picked a data set about rhino poaching in South Africa. I had no idea this was a "thing" and I'm quite horrified that it happens. It reminds of the show Whale Wars on Animal Planet where a team of activists work to stop Japanese whaling.

This week's viz is a count of rhinos poached from 2006-2016.


WHAT WORKS WELL?
  • The title and subtitle tell me what the viz is about.
  • Using a single color
  • The design clearly shows that there was a steady increase in rhinos poached over a 10 year period until the decline in 2016.
  • Including the labels at the top of the unit chart for context.


WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED?
  • What value does each rhino image represent? Whatever it is, it's not accurate as the same number of units represent different values.
  • Is the rhino image necessary? I would try it without it.


WHAT I DID
  • I read the source article for context and to give me ideas for my analysis.
  • I changed the chart to a bar chart, which makes it easier to understand for me, and it makes the viz more accurate.
  • I named the title and added text based on what I read in the article.

With that, here's my Makeover Monday for week 20. Click on the image for the interactive version (though no interaction is necessary).

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