Refuge from the Storm: Internally Displaced Peoples in the age of the Climate Crisis

My entry for the latest #VizForSocialGood Project, examining internally displaced persons and climate change. This was done ahead of the Virtual Refugee Conference during Refugee Week.

I was very happy  that my visualisation was chosen as one of the featured visualisations amongst a strong field of participants.

What is Viz for Social Good?

Viz for Social Good is a social enterprise that uses data visauliastion to open up conversation on key issues facing our world. From their website:

Empowering nonprofits through data story We help mission-driven organizations to promote social good and understand their own data through beautiful and informative

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#MakeoverMonday 2020 Week 23: Animal-free product consumption in Great Britain

Given that I’m a vegetarian, this week’s #MakeoverMonday was particularly relevant. We were asked to visualise some data regarding animal-free consumption in Great Britain.

Here’s my effort, actually done in an hour for once!

Click on the image below to see the interactive (or click here).

The original visualisation

The original visualisation is below.

There are many things I find objectionable about this visualisation. While I often personally use these types of stacked bar charts, this one is sloppy. For instance, the Y axis goes to 125%. The legend might be better off at the top as well.

Design

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It’s all about the bike: First Tableau #IronQuest submission

COVID-19 induced isolation has been good to me in terms of getting time to do some Tableau work. I had my heart set on completing my first ever Iron Quest submission. This months theme was the “Quantified Self”. As soon as I read about the theme, I immediately knew what I wanted to visualise: the cycling history.

What’s Iron Quest?

For those not in the know Iron Quest is an initiative begun by Sarah Bartlett. Sarah describes it on her website as:

Iron Quest is a monthly community-led data visualization project which follows a similar format to

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COVID19 and International Students: ABS Overseas Travel Statistics: Total Movement by Visa Group

Randomly, I was looking for some arrival and departure data for international students in Australia, seeking to test the theory that there had not been any mass scale departures of overseas students since Australia declared a COVID19 a pandemic.

Somewhat conincidentally, Professor Andrew Norton tweeted this chart literally hours earlier.

I was immediately alerted to the existence of a brand new ABS dataset. I quickly did a bit of data wrangling/shaping and uploaded … Read the rest

Americans at Peace and War | #MakeOverMonday 2020 Week 6

Two weeks in a row now that I’ve managed to get something done for MakeOverMonday. This week’s challenge had us rearranging the visuals of this Washington Post article by Philip Bump titled “Nearly a quarter of Americans have never experienced the U.S. in peace time“.

I’d been procrastinating all week, checking out many great vizzes done by the Tableau community when all of a sudden an alternate design came to me like a bolt from the blue. How about doing something with the inverse of the provided data? 

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Tableau tricks: Adding colour to geomaps by continent or region

Tableau is a great tool for data visualisation. One major selling point of the product is its excellent mapping tools which make building visualisation fun and interpreting data a hell of a lot easier than in a flat table.

Recently, I was attempting to replicate a neat visualisation I saw on the Guardian’s data blog. Simply put, I wanted to measure some data by country but colour code the data by region as well. A trip through Tableau’s detailed online help and forums only turned up solutions that were either way too complicated or not quite suited to what … Read the rest