In the midst of the 2018 Men\’s World Cup, I created a new chart form to visualize the drama inherent in the tournament right before the final game. I took all of FiveThirtyEight\’s predictions during each match in the tournament and visualized how the in-game probabilities told the story of how France and Croatia made it to the World Cup Final. In each of my projects, I try to tell a story through use of visuals, metaphor and design with a reliance on data which is the backbone of my work at FiveThirtyEight.
In my interactive and graphic project work, I try to include whimsy and an artistic feel while still focusing on telling a clear, concise story. In my FiveThirtyEight 2020 Endorsements Primary graphic, I built on the metaphor of a pool of possible endorsers to create a visualization that gave a sense of the scope of that \’pool\’, while making the visual actually look quite like a pool, for the delight of the reader.
In all my work I consider the importance of properly visualizing the data, and what I can do to push the boundaries of traditional chart types.
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Furthermore, it’s impact can be measured by the number of shares the piece received. It received more praise and retweets and engagement on Twitter than most other FiveThirtyEIght visualizations at the time and brought new audiences to the site.
The impact of the project also resulted new plans for future tournament visualizations for FiveThirtyEight. We measured the impact by how many people engaged with and shared the project online.
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