The Spike in Rhino Poaching

As part of the Makeover Monday series we revisited a data visualizations that was published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of a report on whether rhino poaching figures were indeed improving in South Africa.

The original infographic:

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What works well?

  1. Single color keeps it easy to find what you are looking for

  2. Bar chart is easily to read and intuitive to many readers

What can be improved?

  1. The use of the rhino in the bar chart is busy and slightly confusing (e.g. 2006 and 2007 both have one rhino but represent different totals).

  2. The year highlight unnecessarily draws your attention away from the main bars.

  3. The graphic does not using highlight coloring to draw attention to the most important elements.

  4. The overall feeling of the graphic doesn’t align well with the subject.

Below is our makeover: