Over fifty readers submitted their radial charts with topics ranging from music to exercise to climate change and much, much more! Participants were largely united in their evaluation of this challenge: finding a dataset that lends itself to a circular view is hard! Click the full post for all examples submitted and more discussion on data visualization vs data art and the feedback process to determine your visual is working as you intended.Read More
Readers were challenged to find a dataset that lends itself to being visualized in radial form, which could include chord diagrams, coxcomb charts, polar area diagrams, radar plots, sunbursts, and more. While not all data is visualized effectively in circular form, there are several examples where a radial chart has been successful. We challenged you to explore, create and share your radial practice in the July 2019 #SWDchallenge.Read More
This month’s challenge was to re-brand a storytelling with data style graph in the style of your choosing. Fifty-eight readers submitted their re-designs with everything from McDonald’s to Vogue to Harry Potter and much, much more! Click to see the entire post and how effective brand can be when it’s thoughtfully incorporated into data storytelling.Read More
Wow, tons of variation in the ways people chose to display variability! Check out 41 visualizations of variability in data—featuring box plots, histograms, violins, reference bands and more—with topics ranging from weather to sports to love. Click to see the recap post that includes all the submissions.Read More
Over the past few days, I've been undertaking the (painstaking) process of updating and redirecting every single link for every single blog post (part of the growing pain of revamping my site, which is mostly complete now). One of the benefits of this is that it forced me to look back at my blog posts over the years. I was reminded of something I haven't done in a while: a data visualization challenge.
One of the first posts in my Feedly summary today seems like the perfect inspiration for resurrecting the data viz challenge. The post, by the Economist, is titled "Global population forecasts." It's featured within their Graphic Detail section (there may be a full article that goes with it, but the short version should work for our purposes here). I was looking through the visuals and thinking abut how they could be revamped to more quickly and clearly tell the story. But then I paused and thought, why not let you do that?
My challenge to you is this: take the following set of visuals and improve them. Use whatever tools and methods you want. Think about not only how to best show the data, but also how to tell a story with it. Email your remake and any relevant thoughts you want to share to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight PST Wednesday, August 12th. I'll feature the submissions in a future blog post. I'll also pick my fave and invite the creator to write a guest post.
Big thanks to Max, who made a sharable dataset with the numbers you need from the original (massive) file which you can view (and save for your own use) here.