(click the graphic to a bigger image, or just download the full-size PDF NCAA® Basketball Tournament Bracket)
Last year I copied Hyperakt’s radial style tournament bracket, but this year I wanted to come up with my own design. The result is this ribbon-style tournament bracket which takes the usual bracket layout and adds three layers of visual information:
- The height of each team’s ribbon represents their seeding: The higher the seed, the taller the ribbon. You can see at a glance whether each game ended in an upset, and Cinderella runs like those by Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State and La Salle stand out.
- The width of each box represents the points scored by the team in that game. Blowouts and close games can be seen at a glance, too.
- The color of each ribbon is that team’s official color. Not a big deal, but it looks nice.
The only drawback is that the bracket had to be created at a large scale, otherwise those lowly rated teams wouldn’t show up at all! So, click the top graphic to see a larger image, or download a PDF.