#MakeoverMonday 2020, Week 7: World Wealth

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For this week’s #MakeoverMonday challenge, Charlie chose a terrible chart that is in desperate need of a makeover.

When I say terrible, it isn’t ugly, it just does a very bad job at communicating data.

Here it is:

What works well:

  • It is certainly grabbing my attention, so that is something this chart has achieved.
  • Dividing up the world into regions also helps.
  • The colors are pretty prominents and for the large part at least, they are easy to differentiate.
  • The labels are nice and large for most countries.
  • Each shape has a label.

What could be improved:

  • Shapes are impossible to compare because each shape has a differen – shape… Squares, rectangles or even circles would be better than these areas
  • There is too much going on.
  • It’s almost impossible to read the small labels.
  • So what? What is this chart trying to tell me?

What I did:

  • To me the most obvious story was that about the dominance of the US.
  • I opted for a Big Ass Number because the values are so outrageous that I think they tell a great story by themselves.
  • So here is my super simple, monochrome viz:

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