Why It Works
The main map stands on its own while supplemental maps give a different perspective on the same data. This works because it adds nuance to the story and shows the care taken by the mapmaker. It also highlights that there is no single “best” way to tell a story. The judicious use of call-outs directly on the maps, the powerful legend, and the minimal-yet-elegant basemaps combine to turn a big, messy dataset into understanding. Wise use of an equal-area projection ensures each hexbin indicates the same sized area. A companion blog post explains how anyone can re-use this work.