This week’s MakeoverMonday challenge was made extra exciting as we’re collaborating with #VizForSocialGood as well as the Inter-American Development Bank to give the community a chance to analyse Youth Employment data for Latin America.
Whether participants want to keep it short and sweet and participate ‘just’ in MakeoverMonday or stretch themselves further to create more elaborate dataviz stories for VizForSocialGood over the coming weeks, anything goes.
We and the IADB are excited to see what the community comes up with and the best work will be featured by the IDB to help them spread their message further.
We’re starting out with this viz in the original article.
What I like about it:
- it is interactive: clicking on any of the industries in the colour legend, includes them in or excludes them from the viz. Hovering over a wedge of the chart shows the percentage value in the tooltip
- the bright colours do look engaging and the lack of labels actually makes me try to interact with the viz. This is most likely because I’m expecting interactivity, though.
What I don’t like about it:
- the title is confusing. ‘Where’ to me indicates some sort of geographical location, especially as there is mention of Latin America and the Carribean, but what is seemingly meant by ‘Where’ is actually ‘In which industry’
- I’m missing context. What is the definition of ‘young people’? What is the data source? Is there more information about the ‘labour market’? What countries are included in this analysis? etc.
- it’s a donut chart with many slices, which makes it hard to compare each industry by size.
- the colours aren’t ideal wih the red/orange hues too similar for my liking.
- removing items from the donut chart doesn’t change the percentages, so the whole circle can be made up by two items that don’t sum to 100%, which makes no sense and is possibly a limitation of the tool being used rather than something the author did
- two of the sectors, Mining and basica services (utilities) are grouped together which doesn’t seem to make much sense
- there is plenty of white space around the viz that could be used to effectively communicate the story about youth employment, or at least some angle on the topic.
What I did:
- This week, more than anything, I wanted to keep it nice and simple. Partly because I like simple, but also because the collaboration and our live webinar mean a wider reach this week and I really want to point out that simplicity is key and nothing complex is expected for those participating in MakeoverMonday.
- I went to Pinterest for inspiration on the topic in terms of layout and colours and came across this CV template:
- I really like the design of it and decided to replicate this style for my dashboard
- We have geographical information (countries) in the data, but I didn’t want an interactive map, because it wouldn’t add much to the viz. Instead I chose to use the geo information to create a map of the region and place it as an image above the title
- For my colour scheme I stuck to a monochromatic colour palette of white and black and greys, to keep with the CV idea.
- I added a number of text elements to build out the story components of my viz, as well as icons and website links to the dataviz projects involved, the data source and my twitter account for further information
- My actual dataviz consists of a single bar chart and four large numbers. That is all. The rest is done through formatting and interactivity.
Click to view interactive version