Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Public and Private Employment




The data is separated into 4 graphs and on different scales making it hard to compare. Graphing the change in employment with 2004 as 0 allows better comparison of the data.

Most people die of old age

From: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/americas-top-killing-machine/384440/


The CAP is difficult to read because it is graphing something unusual. If you sum the values of the green and blue lines, they equal 100%. It's trying to show that gun deaths are more likely to happen to young people, but it loses any sense of proportion. We know everyone dies, but we don't know how many people die from gun deaths.
      I improved it by breaking all deaths into 3 categories - gun violence, non-gun violence, and natural. It's still a little unusual to be graphing 2 different things on the same graph, but now the blue, yellow, and gray lines act as a zoom in on the yellow line. I think there is still a better way to visualize that zoom feature.

Improved 2:

Update: Instead of graphing percentages, I realized absolute numbers tell the story better. By using a log scale, it kept the graph readable.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Enliven Project: Rape frequency


More Accurate:

1. The Enliven project used the worse case numbers for their infograph. I used the average from their sources. Other sources that they ignored show even smaller numbers, but I chose to stick with the original sources.
2. The Enliven project did not take into account that the average rapist rapes 6 victims. Slate
3. They assumes that the reporter is always right unless proven wrong. 

How Many Cops Die in the Line of Duty Each Year

From: TheAtlantic
Original Graph:

Better Graph:

Stacked area charts are hard to read. It forces the viewer to mentally subtract values. A simple line graph shows the trends better and allows easier comparisons.