Makeover Monday 2019 Week 21: Fatal Bear Attacks

Makeover Monday

This week’s Makeover Monday focuses on fatal bear attacks in North America from 1900-2018. The original chart is the following bar chart from an article on Vox.

What works well?

  • Summarizing the data by month provides useful insight into the annual pattern of incidents.
  • Using a bar chart allows easy comparison between months.
  • The “X” on January and March helps emphasize that there were no attacks in those months.
  • The bears on top of each bar are gratuitous, but don’t distract from the overall message.

What could be improved?

  • Not much. The original chart is very clean and clear.
  • Month labels could be consistently abbreviated to 3 letters.

What Marc did:

  • Filtered the data to attacks occurring in Canada only.
  • Added subtle gridlines with axis labels.
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