How I Made That: Searchable Time Series Chart
When there are too many options or categories, it can be helpful to make the data searchable.
This was the last chart in a series of charts about shifting proportions of the sexes. After focusing on specific aspects of the data, I wanted to provide a way for people to look up their own jobs or any other job they were interested in.
With over 450-ish occupations, listing all the jobs or putting them in a dropdown menu didn’t make sense. It would take up too much space. A search bar on the other hand, lets someone immediately zoom in, which brought me to this:
This is how I made that.
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