The Elements of Style: Data Style That Is!

This week came and went too quickly. I had several projects due this weekend, yet from the time I awoke Wednesday morning (the day after election day 2016), I found it difficult to concentrate and I began to believe I was wasting my time. I was afraid the world would come crashing down around me and there I would sit with my dream of a late life career change and pile of student loans with nowhere to go…but life goes on and I brought myself around to this assignment.

After reading the text and article about the design of data visualizations, I was even more disappointed in my own poor attempts over this semester. I also couldn’t seem to come up with a decent plan for revising my past work. I decided to go back to the Florida LMT file since I have had enough of the Florida Org file!

I used color and labels to make the count of LMTs by County a bit more legible. I chose a style that created horizontal labels too. I did this in Excel, I was going to mess around with Google Fusion but it seems to have vanished…FL LMTs by Cty 111316.png

I felt as though the horizontal bars emphasized the difference between the largest and the smallest. I put the county names in red and used the insertion of data points after the bar in the graph. I think another project that could be interesting would be to compare numbers of LMTs to population per county.

So that is it for today, sorry I didn’t have much left to give to this project. I will leave you with this favorite song/prayer/dirge from the late Leonard Cohen a fitting close to an emotional week:

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