At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from August 2016.
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
WSJ | 'A Field Guide to Red and Blue America'
FiveThirtyEight | 'Who will win the presidency?' - here's the flagship 538 viz for this election
Polygraph | 'The songs and technique of famed DJ Grandmaster Flash'
Data Sketches | A 12 month collaboration between Nadieh and Shirley 'Each month, we choose a topic and aim to have a visualization completed by the end of the month.'
New York Times | 'Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame By Frame'
Smoky Mountains | 'The Fall Foliage Prediction Map: 2016 edition'
New York Times | 'From the Slowest Swim to the Fastest Bike, Gold Medal Racing Speeds on the Same Scale'
AESM Physiotherapy | 'Youngest and oldest olympic gold medalists'
The Guardian | 'How Katie Ledecky obliterated her own world record in the 400m freestyle' (See whole series, links at the bottom)
ONS | 'Save the date: Looking at marriage registrations in more detail, by month and by date, shows some interesting patterns.'
New York Times | All their Rio 2016 Interactive Stories in one place...
New York Times | ...but I must highlight one of my favourites: 'Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood'
Cool Green Science | 'Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change'
PLOS One | Paper: 'Innovative Visualizations Shed Light on Avian Nocturnal Migration' (multiple authors)
SRF | (Translated) 'Thanks to a new survey method linguists have first evaluated the speech habits of around 670,000 German people.'
Swim Swam | 'Was there a problem with the Rio pool?'
The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos
Medium | 'About Trump’s hands... Are they really that tiny? We do the stats!'
Ann K Emery | 'How the sketching process works'
Guardian | 'Can you get to know a person through data alone?'
Medium | 'Data design & comics — What Alan Moore and the red thread can teach us about information design'
Source | 'How we rebuilt the Wall Street Journal's graphics team'
ProPublica | 'Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design'
Michael Babwahsingh | 'Saving Information Design History: Part 2' (with link in there to Part 1)
FT | 'Simple techniques for bridging the graphics language gap'
EagerEyes | Grumpy Kosara Part 1: 'Stacked Bars Are the Worst'
EagerEyes | Grumpy Kosara Part 2: 'The Repetitive and Boring History of Visualization'
Learning & Development
These links cover presentations, tutorials, resources, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.
D3 in Depth | 'D3 in Depth (by the excellent Peter Cook) aims to bridge the gap between introductory tutorials/books and the official documentation.'
Google Sheets | 'This spreadsheet tracks the items published in Data Is Plural, a weekly newsletter highlighting useful and curious datasets'
Medium | 'Design Better Data Tables'
Vimeo | Paolo Ciuccarelli's talk from Eyeo Festival 2016 'The Poetics of Data Experiences (and How to Teach it)'
Questions in DataViz | 'How should you prepare a visualisation project?' (Perhaps a shameless inclusion because Neil references my book extensively but very nice to see it in practice)
Poynter | 'How The New York Times used its archives to make the past a (virtual) reality'
ONS | 'In a relationship – it’s complicated: A strategy for choosing the right chart.'
Facebook | From 2014 but worth another bump 'Methods for Exploratory Media Analysis' by Lev Manovich
YouTube | 'News Lab Data Visualization Round Up with Alberto Cairo August 2016'
ProPublica | 'Here are all of the materials we used to teach the 2016 ProPublica Data Institute: slides, exercises, links, and homework.'
Ben Collins | 'Recreating Tufte’s famous weather chart with Google Sheets and Charts API'
Oceanography | 'True Colors of Oceanography: Guidelines for Effective and Accurate Colormap Selection'
ViljamiS | 'Typography for User Interfaces'
Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
Mapbox | 'Announcing the Mapbox Studio dataset editor'
John Grimwade | New blog! If you had a wish list of people who you would want to see starting a blog, John would be in the top 5
Winning With Analytics | New Blog by Dr Bill Gerrard on the use of analytics in sport
Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing
New York Times | 'Can You Beat Usain Bolt Out of the Blocks?'...
FT | ... as well as 'On Your Marks! Can you react faster than an Olympic athlete?'
Variance Explained | 'Text analysis of Trump's tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half'
Robert Grant Stats | 'Want some data that look a certain way or have certain stats, but don't have the time to look for a suitable data set or write a program to simulate it? Draw it'
Mewo2 | 'Generating fantasy maps'
Lisa Rost | 'How I Feel When I Have A Conversation'
Font Squirrel | 'Upload an image with type and we’ll identify the fonts that match.'
New York Times | 'Driving tips: How You Can Help Limit Traffic Jams'
c82 | 'National Parks Posters: Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with beautifully detailed posters of every park.'
Mother Jones | 'This Is What's Missing From Journalism Right Now'
The Verge | 'Welcome to Airspace: How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world'