The first thing I noticed about the visualization of poverty and wealth growth in the U.S. was how attractive it was overall. I liked the simplicity in the design of shapes and colors because they reminded me of a sort military map meets modern art piece. Another positive element of design with the graphic below the map, which compensated for the problem of two-colors not really being able to show how bad the areas with poverty really were.
The user-interface of the interactive was not as awesome when it came down to playing around with it. I would have added a function to drag the map, which this map did not include and it made zooming in and out kind of complicated. Luckily, the designer was smart enough to include a “home” button which returned the map to its original state. I didn’t see the point of being able to click on a state and make it light up at first because so many of the states on the bar/candlestick chart below don’t have colors that light up because compared to New York or Detroit, their stats are not as dramatic. To fix this I think I would have made sure that the bars were adjusted to that every city had the correct proportions, but each city also had color and could light up. This function is also important because the cities in the bar chart are organized by rates of poverty and unless you only want to see the top cities with the greatest change, it can be difficult to look for the city you want.
Overall, I really enjoyed this visualization and liked the scaffolding provided, there are just a few things that I think the designer could and should have added to make the graphic as user-friendly as possible.