#MakeoverMonday 2020 Week 36: Calories and Sugar in Cereals

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Last week I asked the community to submit datasets if they had any interesting ones in mind, especially if they came with a visualization to makeover. Michelle Frayman answered my call and sent me the dataset we’re using this week. Her two sons, Max and Sam, created a Tableau Viz that goes against all the best practices we teach during Viz Review – they did this on purpose to create a makeover viz for us. And I’m led to believe they quite enjoyed it.

Here is what they created. Make sure to follow their progress on Tableau Public

What works well:

  • The titles of the charts are actually not too bad. The charts may not be easy to understand but the titles give me an idea of what we’re working with.
  • The disclaimer at the bottom is very helpful šŸ™‚
  • The top ten bar chart is sorted in descending order.

What could be improved:

  • There is too much colour on this dashboard, so first step would be to simplify the colours.
  • The bubble chart and scatterplot are difficult to understand and need to be simplified.
  • There is not a lot of contextual information about the data.
  • The title has bad typos that make it almost impossible to grasp that this data is about Cereals.
  • The white backgrounds of the charts on top of the overall black background is not appealing.

What I did:

  • Initially I was going to explore the data and had a thought about creating a story about Oatmeal, the only actual nutritious cereal in my opinion (as everything else on this list is highly processed).
  • Then I decided that given how much effort Max and Sam put into creating a viz for us, I would use their work as a starting point and create a true makeover from it to see how much I could improve on it.
  • I recorded a video of myself creating the makeover. Check it out here:

Click to view on Tableau Public

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