Probably second only to elections, the budget is always a great time for dataviz nerds to hoover up charts, graphs, and infographics from the newspapers. At The Analytics Store we were a little disappointed at the number of charts present in yesterday’s papers but still had a nice time looking through the different ways people chose to present data about the budget.
The Irish Times Budget Families piece http://www.irishtimes.com/business/budget-2016/budget-families piece used very simple bar charts to show the projected change in take home pay for a range of different household types. We think that the very simple charts coupled with the persona-based family images did a nice job of conveying some very simple information. One interesting thing to note was that in the online version bar charts were used, whereas in the print version line charts were used (see image below). Line charts are usually more effective at giving a sense of something changing through time, and have the advantage in the print version of taking up less space than bar charts.