For week 24 of #MakeoverMonday, we’re looking at Tourism Density for select countries around the world. The data comes to us from Intrepid Travel. Here’s how they originally visualized this data:
What works well
- I like the panel/grid look
- They did a good job separating the two categories of countries
- There’s a lot of text included to help the reader understand what it’s trying to convey.
What could be improved or doesn’t work so well
- The colors are confusing to me. Take a look at the “Overtourism” group. The color of the largest circle is not the same color throughout that group. I would expect that all the “Tourist” circles are the same color throughout.
- Circles and comparing area are generally a bad idea because our eyes/minds have a difficult time comparing different area.
- The percentages are a bit confusing. I would like to see that metric on a more understandable scale.
Here’s the makeover I settled on
Let’s break it down
- Since my version would be viewed on a computer screen, I opted for a vertical view. If this were to be printed I might stick with the horizontal view.
- I got rid of the overlapping circles and went with a connected dot plot to show the variance between tourists & locals.
- I stuck with separating the countries by over/undertourism.
- I shaded my section titles for a visual break.
- I sorted the countries by the number of tourists. I suppose I could add the option for the user to choose how to sort.
- Lastly, for the percentage metric that I didn’t care for in the original, I chose to calculate a ratio that’s is more understandable. I multiplied the percentage by 100. So now the metric is the number of tourists per 100 locals.
Until next time!