A Better Life Index

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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  • Jeff

    Dunno, doesn’t do much for me, comparison on contrast is difficult. Seems a little busy for the limited data it’s showing. Form of factor IMO

  • http://loewald.com/blog/ Tonio

    I like it overall but the color petals with key is, for me, a design failure. Having to look at a legend to interpret the key values when it’s really only charting weighted sums vs. names is weak. If the stalks were color-coded bars with icons in them…

  • http://www.coyoteflux.nl Sharwin

    Although I love most of the visualisations on this site and in the book, this one seems really biased. It gives me the impression that more data has been collected from Western countries and in a very subjective way. Reading the OECD PDF makes this feeling even stronger…
    In a materialistic world the number of rooms per person may be a sign of happiness, but there are plenty of places in the world where this would not even hit the top 10 of most important things to live a happy life. If you go to East Asia, most people are happier in a smaller place than one too large.
    The quality of life is directly connected to the demands of people, which differ from place to place.

  • pen

    Interesting data. I particularly like the way it moves in real time. However, no matter how I set the criteria the rank order of the countries doesn’t seem to change too much.

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  • http://www.storytellingwithdata.com cole

    I had trouble getting over the flower representation, but once I moved past that found that there is a wealth of interesting data (and other good ways to visualize it) on the site. You can view my full review here .

  • http://www.storytellingwithdata.com cole