Weekly Inspiration – Depicting the Election

Now that we’ve had a few weeks to digest the results of the 2016 US Presidential election, this week’s inspiration comes from the Washington Post who seem to have put some serious thought and effort into summarizing the results. In fact, following the election, it seemed like everyone I knew was mentioning their graphical results.

It’s no wonder – they’re not only pleasing to look at, but they present the data in some incredibly interesting ways. Sure you can view the typical electoral college vs. popular votes, but you can also view county by county (compared to the past 4 elections), results by city size, demographic groups (income, education, diversity). You can also narrow results down to a particular state.

This isn’t new for the Washington post. They’ve been posting highly interactive graphs throughout the election, like this one, depicting how certain demographics have shifted towards one candidate or the other throughout the election.

Graphs can easily trend toward boring and monotonous, even so the Washington Post has managed to bring life into a complicated data set making it easy and even fun to view. If graphs still aren’t your thing, they didn’t stop there though. You can head over to their website to create an election remix turning data into music.


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