“All 100 overseas countries represented in the Premier League” from The Guardian

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2013/aug/22/all-100-overseas-nationalities-premier-league

I found this map from Data Blog of The Guardian. It summarizes the number of soccer players from overseas countries who are currently playing in the Premier League. As a soccer lover, I was immediately drawn to look at this map closely.

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This is the overall look of the page. If you click on a country, you can see how many players from that country is in the Premier League.

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(US has sent 38 players to the league, according to the graphic.)

What I like the most about this design and layout is that it’s very easy to read. At the right bottom of the map, there is a small box that indicates different colors to differentiate the number of players from each country. And if a viewer wants to find out the exact number of players, he or she can simply click on a map. In addition, the map is in format of Google Map, which is very widely used these days. The audience can easily zoom in and out, just like when they use the Google Map.

On the other hand, I would have loved to see a link to a related story from The Guardian. On this page, they only provide a Google Doc in an Excel form with the information the viewers can already look at through the map. I guess the page is easy to read and identify, but also way too simple. It would have been more interesting if there was another way to look at or add on to the infographic.


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