#MakeoverMonday 2020 Week 38: Books in Germany

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We haven’t used time series data in MM for a while, so I was pleased to find a dataset that combined several years of data at the month level with a topic I love: books and reading. The original visualization comes from Eurostat

What works well:

  • The title is ok
  • The colors are distinct from one another
  • The timescale is easy to understand

What could be improved:

  • There is no contextual information in the image, e.g. what are ‘all products’?
  • The colors are pretty heavy and the image plus background make this viz very colourful and not in a good way
  • It would be helpful to have the index explained a bit further

What I did:

  • I’ve been missing line charts so I opted for a quick and simple line chart, showing the seasonality of book prices (somewhat…) and that they’ve been in line with general consumer prices for the last decade
  • Here is my viz, click on the image for the interactive version:

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