Data Viz Done Right

August 5, 2019

#MakeoverMonday: Britain's Reduced Dependency on Coal

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For week 32, Eva picked a data set about Britain's progress towards zero dependency on coal power. There have been calls to do this in the US, even policies put into place by the Obama administration, only to have Trump rip them all apart to appease his donors. Slimeball!


WHAT WORKS WELL?
  • Great color scheme
  • Easy to understand layout
  • Good color legend
  • Informative title and subtitle

WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED?
  • Not much; it's quite fantastic.
  • Maybe make it more interactive so you can see the specific values when you hover

WHAT I DID
I wanted to see if I could rebuild this viz because it looks so good and it would be a good learning experience for me. Creating the viz was pretty straightforward. The tricky part was getting the colors to work just right. I did that through a calculation that makes 0% go to -20% so that the color range would be close to the original.

Lastly, I wanted to change the title and subtitle to something different that explains the data better. I pulled some text out of the article by The Guardian.


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