Prior to this past summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, I came across an interesting graphic from Reuters titled Precious Medals. It displays the all-time medal standings of the Summer Olympics, and allows you to drill into each country to view its performance over time.
I was impressed with the simplicity, yet sophistication of this presentation. The clean bar charts and appropriate use of colour keep the viz uncluttered. Yet, the interactivity allows a lot of information to be embedded within the graphic.
Naturally, I decided I would try to replicate this visualization myself with Tableau.
The result of my efforts is below:
The “barcode” chart has been used to great effect for visualizing the performance of sports teams over the course of a season. After seeing the work of Peter Gilks (BallCode) and Craig Wortman (MLB Bar Code Chart), I decided to take a run at creating my own barcode viz using the results of the most recent NHL season.
If barcodes can work for basketball and baseball, then why not hockey?
My interactive viz below represents the final standings of the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The barcode chart shows the win-loss record of each team. I used custom shapes to add the team logos and a custom colour scheme for the barcodes.
I’m generally a proponent of using colour in a chart only when it serves a purpose. In this case, the logos and corresponding colours enable any hockey fan to easily find a team based on these visual cues alone.
To fit my vertical blog format, this version allows you to view one division at a time, which you can choose from the drop-down filter at the top of the viz:
To see all teams at once, check out the full version on Tableau Public.