Makeover Monday | Week 36 | 2019: Fall is the favourite season for most Americans

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September 1st is the first day of autumn, meteorologically speaking. So I picked a dataset about how Americans feel about the different seasons.

The original viz and data comes from YouGov and looks like this:

What works well:

  • It’s a simple bar chart that is pretty easy to understand
  • The title question is a good way to engage the audience
  • The colors are simple
  • Seasons and age groups are sorted in ascending order

What could be improved:

  • While some bars stand out, it takes a while to really know the answer to the title question because as a reader you have to go back from the bars to the color legend
  • None of the age groups’ numbers add up to 100% – why?

What I did:

  • Back to heat maps, because I find that they provide a simple, easy to read matrix structure that lets you understand the data more easily
  • Added nice big labels and worked on clean formatting

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