Dataviz of the week, 22/3/17

The Washington Post have an article about the US budget out by Kim Soffen and Denise Lu. It’s not long, but brings in four different graphical formats to tell different aspects of the data story. A bar showing parts of the whole (see, you don’t need a pie for this!)

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then a line/dot/whatever-you-want-to-call-it chart of the change in relative terms

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then a waffle of that change in absolute terms, plus a sparkline of the past.

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there’s also a link to full department-specific stories under each graphic. I think this is really good stuff, though I can image some design-heads wanting to reduce it further. It shows how you can make a good data-driven story out of not many numbers.

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