Makeover Monday Week 4

Week 4 of #MakeoverMonday is here and my goal is to quickly show and shock you by how little savings most Americans have…

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Now, did I do a better job than the original versions from GoBankingRates.com? While I think that the orginals were colorful, I’m not sure that I would call them quick to interpret.

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The initial intent appears to be first and foremost that Americans aren’t saving enough and then which generations are saving better than others.

My goal was to create a simple, blog-sized visualization that would be quick to consume. While a simple bar chart for each generation’s distribution with $1k or greater savings would have been sufficient, it seemed to lack the emotional impact of seeing all of the people who fell below that threshold.

I then kept that consistent color legend and showed the distribution by savings response for the overall population, which I thought was interesting supporting information but not as relevant as the overall message. This also helped show how I categorized the original set of charts into a simplified message.