The FT on Brexit, re-graphed

This post is part of a series in which I try to improve graphs I find around the web.

The Financial Times is home to some of the best data visualisation in the world today. They have a team of super talented graph wonks churning out all sorts of interesting charts in the kind of minimalist style I like. But occasionally I see FT graphs that could be improved with a few tweaks, like this one on Brexit from Martin Sandbu’s excellent daily newsletter:

This is a pretty good chart! But I think it could be improved by separating out wages from GDP, and by using dots instead of bars:

Separating out wages into its own little panel like this means that the legend can stay simple, with only two colours. The FT’s original was good, but I think mine is a little clearer.