Makeover Monday 2019 Week 43: Suicides by Age

Makeover Monday

Content warning: death, suicide

This post is going to discuss suicide and information presentation around suicide. If you are at risk, please stop here. You are not a number or a statistic. You are a life, a beautiful one, likely feeling a number of things. Please don’t dismiss it. There is life to live and you can:
Canada: 1-833-456-4566
US: 1-800-273-8255
UK: 116 123

~ Bridget Cogley

This week’s Makeover Monday dataset is from the Office for National Statistics in the UK. It shows trends in suicides in England and Wales from 1981 to 2017.

What works well?

  • The ridgeline chart effectively shows the shifting peak in suicides.
  • The gradient fill highlights the peaks, while still showing the full trend.

What could be improved?

  • Placing the year labels on the left would be more intuitive.
  • Adding more commentary would help explain the pattern being highlighted.

What Ryan did:

  • Created 7 ranges to group the number of deaths.
  • Used the ranges to build a horizon chart to show the increase in age over time.
  • Limited the chart to show only 1987-2017 so that the increase in age would be more apparent.
View in Tableau Public

What Marc did:

  • Built a custom ridgeline chart with D3.js as a community visualization in Data Studio.
  • Used a newspaper style with commentary taken from the original Office for National Statistics report.
View in Data Studio