MM CW19 – Toughest Sport by Skill

Original Viz


60 sports were rated by ESPN among 10 different skill-categories like endurance, strength, etc. The toughest sport is the one which has the highest amount of points when summing up all categories.

What I do not like about the viz

  • This is hardly a visualization. Only numbers are being displayed in a table format.
  • No visual elements are leveraged to facilitate comparisons. For example, balk charts or dot plots would be an intuitive choice here.
  • The header of the columns only use abbreviations which are not clear on first sight. The audience has to move back and forth between the legend and the column headers to make sense of some columns.
  • No key finding is picked up.
  • No number is highlighted to raise awareness for, for example, an interesting outlier.

My MakeOver


The key message I want to convey

  • I want to enable an easy comparison for the sport the audience is interested in, in each category among all sports.

The design choices I made

  • In every category, each dot represents one of the 60 sports. The points are aligned on the invisible y-axis which reaches from 1 to 10 points. Except for the total category, where the maximum value equals 10*10 (10 Points*10 categories) =100
  • The sport which the audience picks via the drop-down menu is displayed by a larger bubble and colored in orange. Also, the selected sport is the only one which displays its points as data labels.
  • The highest and lower values in each category are color-coded. The lowest in bright red. The highest in bright green.

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