Interesting data, but bad execution. I still don’t understand what make some designers think that putting useless decorations on their graphic will make it look better :/
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I have to say that I really like this graphic. It is aesthetically pleasing and super compact. You can scan the charts for the scores, when each goal is scored during the game, and the most active period of the game (with highest number of shots and completed passes). What else could one ask for? Perhaps highlight the winning team and provide the final score, instead of me counting the red dots. But besides that, I really like this graphic.
Here is a few words from Umbro’s blog:
…Weâ€™ve enlisted the expert hand of top graphic designer Michael Deal to bring the data from South Africa to life. Using info supplied by data experts Opta, Michael has crafted these beautiful ways to analyse the action from the 48 group games.
By simply looking at when successful passes (green lines) have been made in the game, alongside shots (blue triangles) and goals (red circles), you can build an intriguing picture of how the match progressed. For instance, the detail of Spainâ€™s surprise defeat to Switzerland comes to life in the graphic at the top of the page, while an overview of all the action can be gleaned by looking at data from all the matches so far…