How We Visualized a Data Set That Contains Many Messages

Guiding the reader through 10 years of shareholder votes

Felix Buchholz
Aug 21, 2020 · 6 min read
Mind map titled “Growing good data visualizations” showing a various goals to achieve a good visualization
Mind map titled “Growing good data visualizations” showing a various goals to achieve a good visualization
At the beginning of a data visualization project we often set contradictory goals. We have to prioritize. The clearer the vision of the balance we want to create, the better our results.

How to visualize a complex multi-layered topic in a single-view

Our challenge: Prioritizing perspectives on our data set

Building the wireframe and establishing hierarchies

Annotated screenshot of the visualization — our layout approach
Annotated screenshot of the visualization — our layout approach
Annotated screenshot of the visualization – our layout approach
Screenshot of the first data visualization view a reader sees on the Fund Checker website.
Screenshot of the first data visualization view a reader sees on the Fund Checker website.
Final result: Screenshot of the first view of the graph a reader sees on the Fund Checker website.

Our side panel: organizing what information and interaction the reader can access at a time

Screenshot with the Highlights tab of the side panel open
Screenshot with the Highlights tab of the side panel open
Screenshot with the Highlights tab of the side panel open
Screenshot of the Search & compare tab
Screenshot of the Search & compare tab
Screenshot of the Search & compare tab – This functionality probably deserves its own view in the next iteration
Various filters and a force-directed layout are available in the Settings tab
Various filters and a force-directed layout are available in the Settings tab
Various filters and a force-directed layout are available in the Settings tab

Evaluation and feedback

Alternative approaches and next steps

Sketch for a horizontal layout, labels could resolve some of the tasks of the legend
Sketch for a horizontal layout, labels could resolve some of the tasks of the legend
Sketch for a horizontal layout, labels could resolve some of the tasks of the legend
Sketch: An interactive approach to the hierarchy on the y-axis would allow a more direct comparison of fund managers.
Sketch: An interactive approach to the hierarchy on the y-axis would allow a more direct comparison of fund managers.
Sketch: An interactive approach to the hierarchy on the y-axis would allow a more direct comparison of fund managers.

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Felix Buchholz

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Artist, designer, developer, collaborator & motivator @ design agencies, investment firms and NGOs — My passion is visualizing information for the greater good

Nightingale

The Journal of the Data Visualization Society

Felix Buchholz

Written by

Artist, designer, developer, collaborator & motivator @ design agencies, investment firms and NGOs — My passion is visualizing information for the greater good

Nightingale

The Journal of the Data Visualization Society

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