Makeover Monday 2018 – Week 9 – World Economic Freedom since 2000-2015

Makeover Monday reaches Week 9 of 52 in 2018 as this week’s Makeover looks at World Economic Freedom since 1970-2015.

This was another interesting challenge as the dataset had some gaps which meant consistent sense checking to ensure my data was accurate and correct when putting together the viz.

Original Viz

Original viz MM 2018 WK9

What I like

  • The rankings for the Top 10 countries in terms of Economic Freedom Ranking are available in a table on the left-hand side of the viz.
  • Tooltips are clear and give more information about the country’s score out of 10.
  • There is an animation showing the changes over time in Economic Freedom since 1970 to 2015.

What could be improved?

  • The colours are too overpowering on the eyes which can make it difficult for colourblind users accessing the viz.
  • A lack of questions from the map means its difficult to find out what story is being told through the map.
  • No compelling title that grabs the audience to look at the viz, giving them no reason to care about what story is being told through the data.

My goals

  • Maintain the minimal use of colour and use it sparingly for impact.
  • Find out which country has consistently led the World Economic Freedom index from 2000 to 2015.
  • Experiment with different charts and see what stories come from the data.

Initially, I was going to use a bar chart albeit when I looked at my viz this morning, I was not happy with the outcome.

That meant going to Plan B and using a line chart to analyse all the countries performances in the summary index.

At first, I was interested in New Zealand although Hong Kong stood out to me because it is one of the most consistent countries for economic freedom over a 15-year timeline.

MM 2018 - Week 9

When I produced my first iteration of the viz, I immediately got some feedback on the title and possibly making the other country lines darker.

With that said, I acted on the feedback and here is my Makeover Monday 2018 – Week 9 entry which you can view on Tableau Public by clicking on the picture below. Thank you to the Tableau community for the feedback!

MM 2018 - Week 9 revised


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