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 January 2017.
Visualisations & Infographics
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
Vallandingham | 'A Data Driven Exploration of Kung Fu Films'
Info We Trust | 'After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. '
DataSketches | I've never come across the Dragon Ball Z before but I love the elegance of the interactions, animations and transitions in this work showing ALL the fights
Kim Albrecht | 'Trump Connections: Visualization of 1.500 individuals and organizations connected directly and indirectly to Donald Trump.'
Simon Scarr | A two-part collection of some of the highlights of work from the Reuters graphics team work during 2016
Data Make | 'Film Money: a data story'
dwtkns | One of the best there is, here's Derek Watkins' portfolio of work
Oddity Viz | 'Space Oddity – a visual deconstruction, AKA Oddityviz, is a data visualisation project on David Bowie’s Space Oddity by designer Valentina D'Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick'
ProPublica | 'Documenting Hate'
Periscopic | 'The emotional highs and lows of Donald Trump'
Periscopic | ...and linked to that project, worthy of a separate mention as it is one of my favourites of the year 'One Angry Bird: Emotional arcs of the past ten U.S. presidential inaugural addresses'
NY Times | 'Odell Beckham’s Hands Are Great, But His Feet Are Lethal'
MyHEAT | 'Energy made visible: Make changes at home today that will have a global impact tomorrow.'
Pudding | 'The Shape of Slavery'
Guardian | 'Here's how 'Obamacare' covered Americans with pre-existing conditions. What happens next?'
Twitter | 'This is how the Mercator Projection distorts the poles'
The Upshot | 'How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree'
Inaugurate Speeches/ | 'Beginning of a presidency: Inauguration speeches in search'
Morgenpost | (Translated from German) 'It was not always the East - Where Germany chooses right'
C82 | 'Literary Constellations: Constellations of first sentences from each chapter of short stories'
Flowing Data | 'One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways: This is what happens when you let the data ramble.'
New York Times | 'You Draw It: What Got Better or Worse During Obama’s Presidency'
MH Infographics | 'Project: Land of Giants'
Periscopic | 'PatentsView: Open Government in Action'
City Lab | '30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped'
Mosaic | 'Outpacing pandemics: How does the time taken to develop vaccines compare to the speed and frequency of outbreaks?'
Mauro Martino | 'Is a scientific career predictable?'
Gizmodo | 'Striking New Maps Show the Beauty of Earth's Shadows'
Washington Post | 'This is the most beautiful data visualization of all time, according to Reddit'
FiveThirtyEight | 'Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump'
Carmen Torrecillas | 'Sierra Nevada Global-Change Observatory: Monitoring Programme' (ignore the sense you might get from this title, this is beautiful piece of work)
New York Times | 'What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?'
Washington Post | 'How long Cabinet confirmations take — and why past nominees failed'
Guardian | 'Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local.'
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
Data Driven Journalism | 'A data visualization that doesn’t use data' nice write-up of a recent Data Stories episode about indexicals
Medium | 'Adventures in 3d'
Medium | 'All charts and graphs are scatter plots at heart'
Juice Analytics | 'Battery Meters and the Goldilocks Problem'
Medium | 'Designing for the Human Side of Banking: Inside the Design Culture at Capital One'
Guardian | 'How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next'
John Grimwade | 'Infographics made easy: Management's Dream.'
New York Times | 'Journalism That Stands Apart'
Medium | 'Quantifying and Visualizing “Deep Work”'
Motherboard | 'The Data That Turned the World Upside Down'
FT | 'The Dow Jones — a flawed measure but with a rich history: A visual biography of the all-American average as it breaks 20,000'
Google Trends | 'The Year in Language 2016'
Data Revelations | 'What to do when so many people get it wrong' (The beginning of an interesting sequence of posts/discussions about Makeover Monday)
Learning & Development
These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.
Pew Research Center | 'The art and science of the scatterplot'
Brighttalk | Recording of a webinar by Ben Jones: 'Building a Thriving Data Visualization Community'
Media.ccc.de | Video of talk by Lisa Charlotte Rost: 'A Data Point Walks Into a Bar: How cold data can make you feel things'
Data+Science | 'How to Create Vector Graphics and High Resolution Images of your Tableau Visualizations '
Slides | Talk slides from Shirley Wu: 'Data Sketches'
Loxodrome | A terrific compilation of different techniques for dealing with dense spatial data
Blocks | 'Download SVG Button'
Google Docs | 'Exploratory Data Analysis Case Studies'
GitHub | 'A list of recommended research papers and other readings on data visualization'
SquareSpace | Paper: 'Data Visualisation Does Political Things' by Dr. Joanna Boehnert
Adventures in Mapping | 'Lego-ified Maps'
Twitter | Lisa Rost's summary of a long meandering twitter discussion re. "Why do we have less high-quality data vis projects these days?"
Tableau | 'The State of Data Education in 2016: How U.S. higher education responds to the data skills gap'
Includes announcements within the field, brand new/new-to-me sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
Rock the VizComm | 'Charting the Chartists: A 2016 Survey of Data Visualization Professionals'
Flaunt My Design | Interesting curated list of examples of designers working in niche markets
422 South | Portfolio gallery of data visualisation work from the 422 South studio
Guardian | 'BBC sets up team to debunk fake news'
Blueshift | 'Design and publish dynamic maps in minutes – no coding required'
Calling Bullshit | New Site: 'Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.'
Gapminder | 'Gapminder Tools Offline: With Gapminder Tools Offline you can show animated statistics from your own laptop!'
GitHub | 'Chart Tool is a platform for creating, storing and displaying beautiful, responsive embeddable charts.'
RAW Graphs | 'RAW Graphs updates with version 1.2.0'
The Graph is Dead | New Site (to me): 'The Graph is Dead' has some fascinating work in the portfolio
The Pudding | New Site 'A Weekly Journal of Visual Essays: A 2017 project to explain complex topics visually, from the Polygraph fam'
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
Boing Boing | 'All of IT development summed up in one image'
FT Labs | 'Animating 123 years of FT banners'
BBC | 'Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists'
Build That Wall/ | 'It might cost a bit, but we’ll work out the bill for you'
Instagram | 'Here's my crocheted #temperatureblanket2016...'
TechCrunch | 'Uber debuts Movement, a new website offering access to its traffic data'