The Guardian Uses Captivating Visuals to Explain the Impact of China’s One-Child Policy

After the Chinese government decided to remove its one-child policy in 2015, the Guardian responded by implementing a different approach in describing the effects of the one-child policy–they included minimal text but copious visuals.

Originally published in 2015, the article included graphs and charts highlighting China’s decline of population growth, the decrease in the working age population, the increasing age dependency ratio and the gender imbalance that resulted from the 1980 one-child policy.

The data in the article was obtained from the United Nations and the World Bank.

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Overall, this article’s combination of both concise and informative summaries and its use of data visualization ultimately made it highly effective. I was able to simultaneously read the details and see them for myself. Additionally, all of the graphs and charts were accompanied by short, written descriptions that were easily digestible. Although there weren’t many colors other than blue and white, the visuals were nevertheless more interesting than extensive blocks and blocks of text.


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