I just don’t instinctively have it in me (yet, hopefully) to think creatively, which is why when you compare my #MakeoverMonday submission to that of Adam Crahen, there’s a massive design gap. We conveyed the same information – the same Measures and Dimensions, but whilst mine is clean and functional, Adam layered on his usual aesthetic flair.
That’s mine. Simple, effective. Not going to set hearts racing but it articulates the things I wanted it to:
- Total jobs at risk
- % of jobs by Industry at risk
- A tangible number based on that percentage – just how many jobs per Industry are at risk?
Big difference, huh? I genuinely had completed mine in the minutes after the data dropped, but life (and a BBQ!) got in the way for a few hours. After Adam published, I tried to iterate and find an alternative way to present things, but I couldn’t find anything I liked so went with the gut instinct of my first attempt. Let’s explore Adam’s visualisation and get under the skin of just how his design tips and tricks elevated a so-so chart to a more complete “design”.
First thing I picked up on is something new to me – and I love that I learn new stuff on a daily basis pretty much a year to the day after first installing Tableau at work. I noticed that there were a couple of empty .pngs in the top-left of the dashboard:
Why? Because it seems you can associate a URL with an image (you can’t with a text box, which seems unnecessarily restrictive), and you can use URLs to ensure that users can click through to access web pages / Twitter profiles:
By Floating these boxes in front of a background text box showing his Twitter handle and the DataDuo website, Adam ensures that users just get a seamless sense of clicking the text to navigate through to the target URL. Cool little trick.
The robot image is just a .jpg, and the text summary below it is just a nicely formatted (Floated) text box:
The bullets under the chart itself are simply a Caption:
Lob in another worksheet for the 10.4M title and another text box for the “The Human Cost of AI” footer, and you’re done. What do I takeaway from this rapid #TakeapartTuesday? Design doesn’t have to be difficult, and a few flourishes can make a world of difference to an end visualisation.