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 2017.
Visualisations & Infographics
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
Washington Post | 'What #eclipse2017 looked like across the country'
Medium | '041/342: Amp up! From psychedelic rock to minimalism - data viz experience.'
Visual Capitalist | 'Animation: Comparing China vs. India Population Pyramids'
Washington Post | 'Here's how far you're likely to get from America's largest cities'
FT | 'Bailout costs will be a burden for years'
Beautiful English | 'Beautiful is the most common word translated to English with Google'
Morgenpost | 'All 2559 direct candidates - who they are, what they stand for'
New York Times | 'Alaska’s permafrost, is no longer permanent. It is starting to thaw'
Guardian | 'Brexit talks: where are the negotiations up to?' (Not a viz but shows value of good info design)
Scientific American | 'Coming Soon? A Solar Eclipse Near You'
Dillon Marsh | 'These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine'
Hindustan Times | 'Every country's fastest man in one race'
TheUpshot | 'Good, Evil, Ugly, Beautiful: Help Us Make a ‘Game of Thrones’ Chart'
Washington Post | Some exceptional thematic mapping on show about Hurricane Harvey, beginning with 'Flooding persists as Harvey downgraded to tropical depression'
Axios | ...and this 'Harvey's energy toll'
Axios | ...as well as 'Map: Every storm that has hit Texas since 1960'
New York Times | ...and 'Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana'
Earth Observatory | ...and this, predicting the likely best view of the total eclipse across the US based on then-projected clear skies
New York Times | ...and finally 'Thousands Cried for Help as Houston Flooded'
Bl.ocks | 'Northern hemisphere sea ice extent: 1978 to 2017' by Tom Shanley
The Science Bookstore | 'Great Maps Department: Nationalities of Manhattan, 1894.'
Kultur Design | Wonderfully creative portfolio from the Kultur team, Polly and Mike
2q17 | 'What was Germany looking for? Which terms were most frequently used in connection with the top candidates of the seven most searched parties on Google?'
Reuters | 'North Korea visualised: A selection of data-driven stories from Reuters.'
ThePudding | 'She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.'
Flickr | 'Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 - 2016.'
FT | 'Record football transfer deals within the realms of the rational' (mainly the fascinating chart in the middle of the piece)
Washington Post | 'The astonishing human potential wasted on commutes'
Gramener | 'The Elvis Presley Jukebox'
John Grimwade Blog | 'Size comparison: Side-by-sde visualisations'
Kickstarter | 'The Golden Record: gold data visualisations from Voyager'
Fallen | The Shadow Peace is a web series that combines data-visualization and cinematic storytelling to explore the driving factors of war and peace'
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
Cartonerd | 'Too much rain for a rainbow'
Vallandingham | 'How Long Does it Take to (Quick) Draw a Dog?'
Medium | 'Looking at the German election through Google Trends — an interview with Moritz Stefaner' (about the '2Q17' project, above)
Lisa Charlotte Rost | 'My Why and How of Blogging'
John Grimwade Blog | 'On the road: A less than serious review of highways signs'
Tableau | 'The State of Data Education in 2016: How U.S. higher education responds to the data skills gap'
Learning & Development
These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.
Vallandingham | Talk: 'Histograms to View Oodles of Doodles from Google' (associated with article above)
Data Stories | Excellent episode 104 'Visualization Literacy in Elementary School with Basak Alper and Nathalie Riche'
AVIZ | 'The Emerging Genre of Data Comics'
DataVizProject | 'A website trying to present all relevant data visualizations, so you can find the right visualization and get inspired how to make them'
The Design Journal | Opinion piece: 'Research in Graphic Design' by Sue Walker
Journocode | 'From the data to the story: A typical ddj workflow in R'
Source | 'How We Made the Washington Post Eclipse-Scroller'
ESRI | 'How-To: Missile Height Diagram'
Design Research Society | Paper: 'Data Visualisation Does Political Things', by Dr. Joanna Boehnert
Paint By Numbers | An oldie but I found it SO useful this month 'A Rough Guide to Tableau Dashboard Actions'
R-Project | 'The viridis color palettes'
Journal of Statistical Software | Paper: 'Tidy Data', by Hadley Wickham
Evergreen Data | 'Visualizing Not Applicable or Missing Data'
New York Times | 'What Music Do Americans Love the Most? 50 Detailed Fan Maps'
Includes announcements within the field, brand new/new-to-me sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
Twitter | Sarah Slobin's curated an 'open, evolving list of the female talent working with, studying and making dataviz'
ClearGraph | 'ClearGraph joins Tableau'
Medium | 'Introducing Semiotic for Data Visualization'
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
Medium | 'Look (what you made me do): I illustrated 10 of my professional sins'
The Guardian | 'Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey'
Twitter | 'Map showing the most popular drinks company in each country'
Animade | It is so long ago I can't remember specifically why I bookmarked this animated chilli dog but it is an animated chilli dog so that might be enough
CJR | 'Q&A: Artist behind infamous New Yorker cartoon on the craft, his inspiration'
Guardian | 'Why are there so few women in tech? The truth behind the Google memo'
Priceonomics | 'Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue'
NRK beta | 'With a quiz to comment, readers test their article comprehension'