Makeover Monday week 52, 2018: Christmas Spending

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And here we are, week 52 of 2018. Another year has come to an end. It’s year 3 for #MakeoverMonday, the social data project, year 2 for me being part of this project and I get to look back on two eventful and exciting years of driving this project for the dataviz community.

To close out the year, I decided to pick an easy and simple dataset so people spend more time with others and less time in front of a screen.

For this week’s challenge, we look at Christmas spending in the US.


What works well:

  • Line charts are generally easy to understand
  • Simple colors and labels
  • Y-axis label is pretty clear
  • Column banding to show the different years across the x-axis

What could be improved:

  • Include a title with the image
  • The labels look cluttered, I’d reduce the number of labels that are shown – do we really need to see them for each year?
  • The interactivity doesn’t feel like Tableau to me – are they sure this was visualized using Tableau???

What I did:

  • Added changes from one year to the next in tooltips
  • Only showing labels for selected years
  • Annotating the chart to guide people from 1999 to 2018 and what happened
  • Done. Christmas time.

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