Best of the visualisation web… January 2017

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.’

Articles

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’

Subject News

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’

Sundries

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’

Best of the visualisation web… December 2016

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 December 2016.

Visualisations & Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Bloomberg | Inevitably in December, it is the time for lists and annual compilations. Here’s the first from Bloomberg, ‘A Tumultuous Year Explained in 129 Graphics’

Hindustan Times | …this is ‘2016: The year in graphics and visuals’ from the Hindustan Times

Washington Post | …’16 in ’16: The year in must-see visualizations from The Post’

New York Times | … the NYT’s ‘2016: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics’

Wall Sreet Journal | …’The Best WSJ Graphics and Visual Stories From 2016′

FiveThirtyEight | …FiveThirtyEight’s annual ‘The Best And Worst Data Stories Of 2016’

Twitter | …This is the start of a twitter thread posted by Ed Hawkins presenting some of the most compelling climate-related charts of 2016

Medium | …Evan Sinar’s suggestions for ‘The 10 Best Data Visualization Articles of 2016 (and Why They Were Awesome)’

Strava | …from Strava, ‘The Year in Stats: Incredible activities and achievements from the Strava community.’

Cartonerd | …Ken Field picks his ‘Favourite maps from 2016’

Maarten Lambrechts | Maarten compiles a personal list based not on the best and the beautiful rather the ‘big events and trends, captured in charts’

Maarten Lambrechts | …finally, Maarten renders my own list somewhat redundant (thanks for reading so far!) with his mega collection of ‘The list of 2016 visualization lists’

Flowing Data | ‘How People Like You Spend Their Time’

Radio Garden | ‘Radio Garden allows listeners to explore processes of broadcasting and hearing identities across the entire globe’

New York Times | ‘‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide’

Our World In Data | Is the world really going down the sink? Here’s Max Roser’s ‘A history of global living conditions in 5 charts’ to maybe offer a different perspective on things

Polygraph | ‘An interactive visualization of every line in Hamilton’ by Shirley Wu

AI Experiments | An exploratory audio gallery of bird sounds

Jonni Walker Data Blog | ‘London’s parakeets’, developed by Jonni with Sophie Sparkes

Clever Franke | ‘Red Bull Visualization: Using sensors to create a real-life personalised data visualization experience at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)’

ESRI | ‘Coastal views from the United Kingdom’

EJI | ‘EJI’s Community Remembrance Project is part of our campaign to recognize the victims of lynching’

Enigma | ‘A Prescription for Healthcare Data’

Washington Post | ‘Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure’

Very Small Array | ‘Sixteen years, 4 million regrets’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Definitive Analysis Of ‘Love Actually,’ The Greatest Christmas Movie Of Our Time’

CNN | ‘Vanishing: The extinction crisis is far worse than you think’

Hindustan Times | ‘Demonetisation’s ever-changing rules: a complete history’

Clever Franke | ‘Data Animations: Captivating storytelling through data animations, the HERE privacy demo’

Quartz | ’10 charts for tracking whether Trump is delivering on his economic promises’

5WBlog | Nice collection of infographics from the Times of Oman

New York Times | ‘Mapping the Shadows of New York City: Every Building, Every Block’

Vox | ‘These 100 CEOs have more retirement savings than 41% of American households combined’

Senseable City Lab | ‘Exploring the Green Canopy in cities around the world’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘We Asked You To Visualize Your Podcast Listening And, Wow, Did You Deliver’

Your Life in Numbers | ‘Your Life in Numbers: Explore how much the world has changed since you were born’

New York Times | ‘How to Know What Donald Trump Really Cares About: Look at What He’s Insulting’

Articles

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

Debrouwere | ‘An ode to the bar chart’ by Stijn Debrouwere

Nieman Lab | ‘Communicating uncertainty to our readers’

Medium | ‘Daily Sketches in 2016’

Medium | ‘Data about Data art’

Scientific American | ‘How Science Visualization Can Help Save the World: Information graphics and the fight for science in Trump’s America’

Washington Post | ‘That viral graph about millennials’ declining support for democracy? It’s very misleading.’

Project Syndicate | ‘The Empathy Trap’

Arithmetic of Compassion | …and from the article above “Confronting [the arithmetic of compassion] in our daily lives and our national policy decisions is of critical importance in a world facing catastrophic threats from violence, disease, poverty, and natural disasters”

Medium | ‘Data visualisation: what’s next?’

New York Times | ‘How Trump Can Influence Climate Change’

DNA Info | ‘How Tall Will New Buildings in My NYC Neighborhood Be?’

Undocumented | ‘Undocumented in America: 1 in 28 people in the U.S. are undocumented.’

Twitter | ‘Does this @WSJGraphics chart downplay US concern over Russian hacking? Here’s a redesign for comparison.’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Fell in Love With Data | Enrico’s selection of ’11 (Papers + Talks) Highlights from IEEE VIS’16′

Google Research | ‘Attacking discrimination with smarter machine learning’

Paris 21 | ‘Data Visualisation Training Toolkit’

DataViz | ‘A curated guide to the best tools, resources and technologies for data visualization’

Farbe Text Emotion | ‘Do Images Reflect Emotion in Text? Study using Machine Learning and Data from Instagram and Articles from The New York Times’

NPR | Really love this, ‘How We Cleaned Up And Ranked Our Listeners’ Favorite Albums of 2016′

Fell in Love With Data | Two more great updates from Enrico’s programme ‘InfoVis Course Diary: Developing Visualization Design Workshops’

Fell in Love With Data | …and ‘InfoVis Course Diary: The Course Recap Exercise’

YCWU | ‘A survey on information visualization: recent advances and challenges’

NRabinowitz | Super tool simulating best approaches to creating a ‘Responsive Data Visualization’

Scientific American | ‘The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Cosmic Hunt’

Truth and Beauty | Who doesn’t like a process narrative? Here’s Moritz’s from his work on the ‘The Rhythm of Food’ project

Darkhorse Analytics | ‘Visualizing distributions’

Source | Lisa Rost revisits her excellent experiment from earlier in the year ‘What I learned recreating one chart using 24 tools’

NAPA Cards | ‘NAPA Cards: Narrative Patterns for Data-Driven Storytelling’

Subject News

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’

Amazon | New Book: ‘National Geographic Infographics’, by Julius Wiedemann

Excel Charts | ‘The Excel Chart Shop: Excel chart templates for all your data visualization needs’

Flourish | New Tool: ‘Flourish is a new platform for visualising, presenting and telling stories with data.’

Darkhorse Analytics | ‘Mapping data should take seconds’ introducing Mapinseconds.com

Maarten Lambrechts | A new member of the freelancing community!

A collection of ALL the ‘significant development’ posts

To mark each mid-year and end-of-year milestone I take a reflective glance over the previous 6-month period in the data visualisation field and compile a collection of some of the most significant developments. These are the main projects, events, new sites, trends, personalities and general observations that have struck me as being important to help further the development of this field or are things I simply liked a great deal.

I have been doing this for a number of years now so I felt it was long over due to look to bring them all together in a convenient single location.

10 significant visualisation developments: July to December 2016

To mark each mid-year and end-of-year milestone I take a reflective glance over the previous 6-month period in the data visualisation field and compile a collection of some of the most significant developments. These are the main projects, events, new sites, trends, personalities and general observations that have struck me as being important to help further the development of this field or are things I simply liked a great deal. Here’s the full compilation of all my collections.

Earlier in the year I published a collection for the first 6 months of 2016 and now I’d like to reflect on the second 6 months. I look forward to hearing from you with suggestions for the developments you believe have been most significant.

And so, as ever, in no particular order…

1. The Aftermath of the US Election

We don’t need a new hot-take/think-piece from me offering commentary on what happened and what happens next but there is clearly much to consider for the data visualisation field in light of the experiences of the US Election. From a purely visualisation design perspective I would argue there was some immense work produced. I’ve previously profiled some of the most notable techniques and talked in specific terms about the reaction to the NYT’s gauge chart. In my roundup of the best visualisation stuff from November I also included a range of other great works surrounding the election coverage. It was unquestionably a huge moment in history narrated, across all media platforms, through the prop of the chart. Its a shame to see some stern finger-pointing from within the design community but I do recognise that (regardless of your politics, let’s face it) the hugely shocking outcome has rocked some peoples’ faith in data through the perceived inaccuracy of many of the forecasts/polling models. The ‘success’ of a visualisation cannot be decoupled from the data it represents but, equally, visualisation can only ever be the medium not the end: readers need to take personal responsibility to spend time reading and understanding limits, assumptions and, above all else, uncertainty/probability. Its all rather complex and I feel we’ll see a lot of introspection happening for a while to attempt to unravel some of this. Dealing with people comfortable with operating in this pathetic era of so-called ‘post-truth’ is one thing, but losing the faith of good people is another thing entirely.

2. The Impact of ‘Dear Data’

I included the ‘Dear Data’ project in my 6-monthly roundup for the first part of 2015 but I am selecting this project again now because I feel the impact during 2016 has been quite profound and should be acknowledged. The project has achieved great success through exhibitions, spin-off collaborations, award victories, and now topped off with news of the acqusition of the project’s outputs by MoMA (!) for its permanent collection. However, above all else I feel the greatest repercussion of this work is through the inspiration it offers beginners. For many years it has seemed authors like Tufte, Few, and McCandless were the dominant names whose books had offered a first exposure into this field. Well now we need to add Lupi and Posavec. I feel the release of their book has provided an inspiring new window and entry point into this subject for a whole new audience. Its not about tools. Its not about principles. Its about something that is fresh, creative and accessible/achievable for anyone to understand and practice themselves. From my journeys across the year, anecdotally, I feel it has touched young audiences and, unquestionably, a female audience. Although not limited to this project, Dear Data has cemented Giorgia and Stef’s position as visible role models and it is fully deserved.

3. Data Sketches

Data Sketches is a monthly collaboration between the hugely talented pair Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu. Starting in July, and sharing many of the objectives of ‘Dear Data’ (though it wasn’t explicitly inspired by), each month they choose a topic and aim to have a refined visualisation solution finished by the end of the month. “Within the topic, we’re free to do whatever we want; a perfect opportunity to create, experiment, and have fun.” and as you will see from their growing portfolio of excellent projects, it is quite evident that they are fully exploiting this opportunity.

4. Evolution in Action

Whether it is technically a visualisation or not I don’t really care – as a visual device to reveal or facilitate understanding this video, produced by Michael Baym of Harvard Medical School, was one of the best things I have seen this year. It shows a compelling depiction of evolution in action, demonstrating how ‘disease-causing bacteria and other microbes are increasingly evolving to resist our drugs’. I don’t know how true this is but I liked this line from the Atlantic article covering this piece: “He used to call the dish the Observatory of Microbial Growth (OMG) but more conservative peers forced him to change the name to the Microbial Evolution and Growth Arena plate (MEGA-plate)”. See also Tony Chu’s ‘Antibiotic Resistance Simulation

5. Ship Map

Not much depth in comment required to justify my inclusion of this work other than to say I really loved it. Created by Duncan and Robin from Kiln in partnership with the UCL Energy Institute, it offers a visual window to see ‘movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012’. This is data I’ve never seen visualised before (I’m sure some will correct me!), it is elegantly produced and hugely addictive to sit, watch, and search for avenues of intense shipping and outliers alike.

6. Profiling the Parks

Profiling the Parks is a wonderful hand-drawn video produced by RJ Andrews that presents some fascinating data driven insights about the US National Parks. RJ describes the motivation for the project emerging from a visit to Yosemite, “I tried to picture the Yosemite valley compared to Zion, my favorite Park. Yosemite felt taller (it is) and also wider (yup) – but I couldn’t really tell by how much. I also had no idea which park floor was at a higher elevation. Read more about the background to the project, the methods used and some nice mood board references.

7. Jonni Walker

There are many incredibly smart and talented people pushing the limits of what tools like Tableau can achieve. Each day I see something new being produced that makes me feel increasingly inadequate and driven to find out how they have ‘done that’. It therefore feels rather unfair to shine the light on just one person but I came across Jonni Walker’s portfolio of work this year and feel it is really outstanding. He’s doing things in Tableau I’ve rarely seen before with such creativity and with an aesthetic you might normally associate with that of centres of excellence like National Geographic magazine.

8. ‘Joy Division’ Charts

This is a mention for the first of two techniques I’ve seen popping up in a few places recently. I’m terming them ‘Joy Division’ charts, which is quite lame really, but captures my instinctive visual association with the famous cover design of Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album, as designed by Peter Saville. Some have termed them 2.5D charts, others horizon graphs, but whatever the name I feel they offer a neat spatial solution to highlight the peaks of change over time when you have many concurrent series/categories to display, with opacity helping overcome any occlusion caused by intrusive shaped values. They have been deployed in different ways to show patterns of insults, the evolution of scientific impact, and for plotting the peaks of political support across America.

9. Map Containers

The visualisation work produced by the Washington Post this year has been particularly exceptional, even for them. With as broad an array of different techniques being used as you can almost imagine, (including rare sightings in the wild of things like the Marimekko), one approach I have seen them use on several occasions (here, here and here) has been a variation on the grid map/tile map whereby the individual geographic containers have hosted smaller charts. The ‘container’ attribute is without question my favourite encoding device of the year (try it! it can be quite liberating to not be bound by axis scales) and I really like this approach that blends the advantages of small multiples with the best-fit properties of geographical layout.

10. The NYT’s Composite ‘PhotoVizzes’

(“Oh, he’s profiling the Washington Post and New York Times again”. Yes I am, shut up, make your own list!) With the dominance of the US election coverage it is easy to forget the breadth and quality of visualisation-based reporting of the Rio Olympics by the New York Times. Feast your eyes on this surely-2017-award-winning collection of work that, again, sees them innovating in staggering new ways. I loved the devilishly simple but compelling interactive that randomly simulates how fast an Olympian could travel from your house to nearby locations based on the distances of their specialist events. It makes you feel super slow and inferior as a fellow human being but that’s ok. The works I most loved, however, were the composite ‘photoviz’ style stories showing the key stages of a race or performance in a single merged, annotated photo image.

Special mentions…

Here are the other highlights from the second half of 2016 that deserve a special mention:

Information+ Conference | A brand new conference for 2016, this was one of the few events I attended so am biased but I thought it offered a super blend of speakers that few others have attempted. Robert Kosara has a nice selection of some of the headline talks

The Great Animal Orchestra | This is such a wonderfully absorbing experience, developed by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain unveiling “the mysteries of the acoustic harmony of the animal kingdom, offering an unprecedented interactive experience that reveals the ecology of the soundscape and the forces behind it”

Chart Chooser/Flash Cards | I include these developments – packs of custom designed cards to assist in selecting different visaulisation methods – with a mixture of envy and satisfaction because I too was in the early stages of working on such a thing but Stephanie and Jon/Severino (and collaborators) beat me to it! However, they have done a great job and I’m sure they will be successfully adopted by many

A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature | A typically exceptional explainer from Randall Munroe showing the disturbing story of the increasing temperature

Orchestra guide | Technically from May but I only came across this (I think!) during the second half of the year, an excellent visual device used to help guide audiences of the Toronto Symphony Orchestera through the music being performed

(Translated) ‘Berlin-Marathon 2016 – Your city is going fast’ | A super nice animation simulating runners of the Berlin marathon working their way round the course at the range of different speeds you would expect

Income Inequality maps | Stunning large prints 3D maps created by Herwig Scherabon visualises income inequality in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York

Best of the visualisation web… November 2016

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 November 2016.

Visualisations & Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Washington Post | Inevitably, plenty of US election related visualisations this month, which I’ve covered in part elsewhere, so a few different ones… ‘Americans like XXX more than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump’

Twitter | Perhaps the moment when the course of history was inverted

Bloomberg | ’58 Ways The Race Was Called’

Washington Post | ‘Bringing America together: Find the closest place that voted the opposite of where you live.’

New York Times | ‘Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants?’

Quartz | ‘10,000 words ranked according to their Trumpiness’

Washington Post | ‘How Trump won the presidency with razor-thin margins in swing states’

ProPublica | ‘Lost Cause: Seeing America Through the Losing Candidates’ Map’

Twitter | ‘Not sure there will ever be a more enduring chart…’

New York Times | ‘The Two Americas of 2016’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘No, Voter Turnout Wasn’t Way Down From 2012’

Twitter | ‘The Post’s A1, as it was developed.’

WSJ | ‘An Animated View of Election Night’

Washington Post | ‘Remix the Election: The results in sound’

Bloomberg | ‘The Bloomberg Politics Poll Decoder’

ProPublica | This was a great idea, ‘Electionland: Monitoring access to the vote in real time.’

LA Times | ‘The last time California tried to legalize weed it failed. What happened?’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘The US Election 2016 in Popular Votes’

Arnold Platon | ‘What if: The EU had presidential elections like the USA’

The Rhythm of Food | ‘How do we search for food? Google search interest can reveal key food trends over the years.’

YouTube | ‘Is a scientific career predictable?’

Volkskrant | ‘1,000 Dagen Plastic’/’1,000 Days of plastic’

Nesta | ‘Bacteria vs. Antibiotics: The fight against antibiotic resistance across Europe’

Hilltop Analytics | ‘Football Analysts on Twitter: Visualisation of follower / following network for football analysis accounts on Twitter’

wbkd GitHub | A curated list of ‘the most outstanding examples of visual and interactive journalism’

Poynter | ‘Here’s (some of) the best political journalism of 2016’

Washington Post | ‘Map: The remarkable distances you can travel on a European train in less than a day’

Reddit | ‘Orientation of international borders by continent’

Elephant Atlas | Visualising ‘The Great Elephant Census’

Swiss Info | ‘The complete history of every No. 1 male tennis player’

Polygraph | ‘Twenty years of the NBA: Redrafted’

Robert Manduca | ‘Where Are The Jobs? Employment in America, 2014’

Articles

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

New York Times | ‘There Are Many Ways to Map Election Results. We’ve Tried Most of Them.’

Cartonerd | and partly in response… ‘today’s HUGE map in the New York Times warrants some cartonerd attention’

Washington Post | More discussions about maps… ‘Election maps are telling you big lies about small things’

The Engine Room | ‘Dangerous data: The role of data collection in genocides’

Election Data | ‘How do you feel? Don’t ask.’

Stats in the Wild | ‘Silver wins Gold: Ranking the poll aggregators in the 2016 presidential election’

5W Blog | ‘The best world map projection?’

The Functional Art | ‘Now more than ever: Call out data and visualization bullshit’

Wired | ‘Trump’s Win Isn’t the Death of Data—It Was Flawed All Along’

FastCo Design | ‘What Designers Should Do Now’

HBR | ‘Why It’s So Hard for Us to Visualize Uncertainty’

FastCo Design | Some interesting points in this piece despite the unnecessary snarling tone, ‘Why We Had No Idea Trump Would Win: The data failed to predict Trump, and the design didn’t help.’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Fell in Love With Data | ’11 (Papers + Talks) Highlights from IEEE VIS’16′

Nature | ‘Cognitive and psychological science insights to improve climate change data visualization’ by Jordan Harold, Irene Lorenzoni, Thomas F. Shipley & Kenny R. Coventry

Darkhorse Analytics | ‘Data looks better naked: Maps edition’

Learning D3 | ‘Master D3 From the Ground Up: Learn how to build unique and interactive visualizations from scratch’

YouTube | ‘FiveThirtyEight’s data journalism workflow with R’

Darkhorse Analytics | ‘Visualization is not a straight path from vision to reality’

Subject News

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’

Information is Beautiful Awards | A compilation of the 2016 award winners

Amazon | New Book: ‘Applying Color Theory to Digital Media and Visualization’ by Theresa-Marie Rhyne

Art Lab | Exhibition: ‘Datasquare, immersion into the big data’

Medium | ‘Dear Data has been acquired by MoMA, but this isn’t what we are most excited about.’

Uber GitHub | ‘deck.gl is a WebGL-powered framework for visual exploratory data analysis of large datasets.’

Telegraph | New to me, the Telegraph’s dedicated page for the collection of their team’s data journalism work

Sundries

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

Time | Time’s collection of 100 of the most influential photographs ever taken

A.I Experiments | ‘Introducing A.I. Experiments: Explore machine learning by playing with pictures, language, music, code, and more.’

Guardian | ‘Dictionary of 50,000 surnames and their origins published’

Figs | ‘Datalegreya is a typeface which can interweave data curves with text.’

Mousarris | ‘The ‘wave city’ coffee table bends a landscape of buildings in half, using the overlapping surface as the tabletop.’

WZ Chen | ‘The Only Probability Cheatsheet You’ll Ever Need’

Best of the visualisation web… October 2016

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 October 2016.

Visualisations & Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Washington Post | ‘100 years of hurricanes hitting and missing Florida, visualized’

Tableau Public | ‘Back with another one of those block rocking streets’ by Jonni Walker

C82 | ‘Colors of the Rails: Every color of every line of every metro system’

The Economist | ‘Greying of the Nobel laureates’

@dsparks | ‘A century of presidential elections, in one GIF’

VizWiz | ‘Fix It Friday: Ten Alternatives Methods for Presenting Alcohol Consumption in OECD Countries’

Data Remixed | … and coincidentally Ben has a piece here including ’10 Ways of Visualizing 2013 UK Exports’

Polygraph | ‘How news media covers Trump and Clinton: Analyzing 12,147 images of the candidates.’

C82 | ‘Seeing music’

Washington Post | ‘Germany reunified 26 years ago, but some divisions are still strong’

Column Five Media | ’40 examples of beautiful annual report design’

Reddit | ‘My Shower Temperature per Angle of the Handle’

Washington Post | ‘Most of Trump’s charts skew the data. And not always in his favor.’

MH Infographics | ‘Nerd facts: Asian American population’

Future Ocean | ‘Next Generation: Interactive scientific poster’

Petr Devaikin | Petr’s porfolio page showing some nice work

Medium | ‘New images of complex microbiome environments visualized by Berkeley Metagenomics Lab and Stamen Design.’

Polygraph | ‘The Entire History of Kickstarter Projects, Broken Down by City’

Anthony Veyssiere | ‘The Story of Music: An interactive visualization of the music charts history by genres’

Washington Post | ‘The Top 100 players for the 2016-17 NBA season’

New York Times | ‘Trump Has Spent a Fraction of What Clinton Has on Ads’ (logged particularly because I reckon this is their first streamgraph since ‘Ebb and Flow’)

Urban Demographics | ‘Visualizing the space-time geography of flow data’

Barabasi Lab | ‘Career Paths: Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact’

Articles

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

Spatial.ly | ‘7 Deadly Sins of (Academic) Data Visualisation’

Eager Eyes | ‘A Decade of EagerEyes’ (congratulations Robert!)

FT | ‘A love of maps should mean using fewer to illustrate data better’

Dice | ‘Edward Tufte on Data Visualizations and Art’

Wired | ‘Electoral Maps All Look a Little Different. Here’s Why’

Elijah Meeks | ‘Generating palettes the old-fashioned way’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘Is it OK to steal?’

Medium | ‘Knowledge is More Than a Point of Data’

John Grimwade | ‘Nigel Holmes on humor: A warmer approach to infographics’

Flowing Data | ‘Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality’

Journalism | ‘Washington Post series on border barriers aims to break the mould of digital storytelling’

Nieman Lab | ‘Why aren’t local newsrooms innovating digitally? Because the goat must be fed’

FT | ‘Why the FT creates so few clickable graphics’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Steve Haroz | Paper: ‘The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series’ by Steve Haroz, Robert Kosara, Steven Franconeri

Dropbox | Poster: ‘The power of maps to (mis)communicate: A case study of forecaster’s versus the public’s interpretation of hurricane track maps’ by Gina Eosco

GitHub | ‘This repository contains a selection of campaign speeches given by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.’

Medium | ‘HindSight: Encouraging Exploration and Engagement in Data Visualization’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘How I built a scraper to measure activity of MPs and got a scatter plot in the newspaper’

Hackernoon | ‘How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016’

Distill | ‘How to Use t-SNE Effectively’

GitHub | The FT’s ‘Visual Vocabulary’ poster

Fell in Love With Data | ‘InfoVis Course Diary: Update on Class Flipping’

Kosara | Paper: ‘An Empire Built On Sand: Reexamining What We Think We Know About Visualization’ by Robert Kosara

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper: ‘Vega-Lite: A Grammar of Interactive Graphics’ by Arvind Satyanarayan, Dominik Moritz, Kanit Wongsuphasawat, Jeffrey Heer’

Doing Data | ‘Variables in Tableau : Discrete and Continuous (Part I)’

aviz | ‘This site contains links to interactive demos, websites, evaluation data, and other complementary material about research presented at the IEEE VIS conference, Oct 2016, in Baltimore’

Google Docs | Talk: ‘Glitch as a Generative Design Process’ by Romain Vuillemot and Samuel Huron

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new/new-to-me sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Evergreen Data | ‘Announcing Chart Chooser Cards’

Amazon | New book: ‘Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide’ by Josh Katz

Esri | ‘ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud Gives Photoshop and Illustrator Users Direct Access to Esri Content’

Guerilla Analytics | New Book: ‘Guerrilla Analytics: A Practical Approach to Working with Data’ by Enda Ridge

The Big Book of Dashboards | Announcing a new book: ‘The Big Book of Dashboards’ by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Cotgreave

Where the Animals Go | New book: ‘Where the Animals Go’, by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

Good Design Award | ‘Outline of the Good Design Award winners 2016’

5W Blog | New book: ‘LOOK INSIDE: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling’ by Samuel and Juan Velasco

TextTile | ‘An Interactive Visualization Tool for Seamless Exploratory Analysis of Structured Data and Unstructured Text’

Sundries

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

Mashable | ‘Admit it: Microsoft is now a braver, more innovative company than Apple’

New York Times | ‘As Crime in the Subway Comes Down, Signs From an Earlier Era Do Too’

Wired | ‘Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive’ (Remember, this was in October…)

TechCrunch | ‘Google and Monotype unveil the Noto Project’s unified font for all languages’

Creative Bloq | ‘Google shares its toolkit for creating beautiful design’

Wired | ’16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities’

Twitter | ‘6,000 words of Trump insults in today’s NYT. Recommended user experience: read them all, left to right, on a copy you bought yourself’

Twitter | ‘Pretty cool ad design for a kitchen’

Twitter | ‘A page of text where I have removed the words so you can just enjoy the punctuation.’

Reddit | ‘What if the largest countries had the biggest population?’

John McIntyre | ‘Our vanishing heritage: Some terms — hardly an exhaustive list — retrieved from newspaper lingo before these endangered print artefacts vanish like the passenger pigeon and the copy editor.’

Best of the visualisation web… September 2016

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 September 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Transit Oriented | ‘Mini metros’, creating small simplified metro map icons

Harvard Medical School | ‘The Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish’

Blocks | …and here’s a simulation of the ‘antibiotic resistance’ shown in the video above

TwentyTwoWords | ‘Keyboard as a 3-D bar graph showing how frequently each letter is used’

ESA | ‘Star Mapper: A visualisation based on data from the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos star mapper’

XKCD | ‘A timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature’

Financial Times | ‘A visual history of women’s tennis’

BBC | ‘Journey to the centre of the Earth’ – project developed for the BBC by ‘Beyond Words Studio’

Road Trees | ‘The Roads of USA’

Morgenpost | [Translated] ‘Berlin-Marathon 2016 – Your city is going fast’

EagerEyes | Nice new website feature, the ‘Interactive Blog Calendar’

Bloomberg | ‘Decoding Big Pharma’s Secret Drug Pricing Practices’

Visualeyed | ‘Plastic Garbage Islands: Some facts about a world’s production that’s harming our Oceans. And us.’

YouTube | ‘Profiling the Parks is a data-driven, hand drawn exploration of the US National Parks by RJ Andrews’

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Recruitment Neighbourhoods: The Overlapping Turf of the Top 25 College Football Programs’

Umbel | Lots of different ways of visualising the Presidential debates (can’t show them all) but I really like this expressive approach showing the frequency, split and duration of each speaker speaking

Vox | … and here’s a nice visual summary how ‘Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent most of the debate not answering the questions’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘What Would It Take To Turn States?’

Creative Review | ‘How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide audiences’

Todd W Schneider | ‘The Simpsons by the Data: Analysis of 27 seasons of Simpsons data reveals the show’s most significant side characters, a pattern of patriarchy, declining TV ratings, and more’

New York Times | ‘A Sharp Increase In ‘Sunny Day’ Flooding’

The Upshot | This began in September but has grown somewhat, ‘The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List’

New York Times | ‘The Most Detailed Map of Gay Marriage in America’

World Economic Forum | ‘This visualization shows you 24 hours of global air traffic – in just 4 seconds’

Twitter | ‘Here’s another way of looking at Jeremy Corbyn’s first 12 months compared to other Labour leaders’

Articles

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

Scientific American | ‘Visualizing Polls: A playful, explorable explanation demonstrates the impact of chance on poll results’

NKB | ‘Data-Driven Journalism in a post-truth public sphere’

The Guardian | ‘How algorithms rule our working lives’

The Design Team | ‘How to pretend you’re a great designer’

John Grimwade | ‘When infographic dinosaurs roamed the Earth’

National Geographic | ‘How Mapmakers Make Mountains Rise Off the Page’

Medium | ‘One for the books: information design in the real world’

3danim8 | ‘How To Achieve Better Data Comprehension, Part 1’

John Grimwade | ‘The Hollywood effect: How movies influence the real world of Information Design’

Info We Trust | …and kind of linked, ‘DataViz in the Movies’

Trifacta | ‘Tableau Software from the Early Days: Tableau’s first intern reflects’

Stats Bomb | ‘New Tech and a little story about Neymar, Andros, and Eden Hazard’

The Atlantic | ‘The Age of Entanglement: Why humans should think about technology the way field biologists examine the living world’

Design | ‘Lena Groeger on Discrimination By Design’

Wired | ‘Tech giants team up to fix typography’s biggest problem’

Reddit | ‘Orientation of international borders by continent’

Medium | Remember when Brexit was the most prominent unbelievable thing a huge population of people voted for? ‘Brexit — a story in maps’. Such innocent times.

BBC | ‘Getting a sense of statistics – by eating them’

Medium | ‘Designing for Other (Than Straight, White, Rich Men)’

Robin Kwong | ‘What history can tell us about the future of interactive journalism’

Journalism | ‘Journalism jobs of the near future, according to Amy Webb’

The Upshot | ‘We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data. They Had Four Different Results.’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, resources, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘How I Feel When I Learn To Code’

PolicyViz | ‘Where to Position the Y-Axis Label’

Fell In Love With Data | ‘InfoVis Course Diary: Flipping My Class and Other Innovations’

Clear Science | An occasional reminder of the backlog of ‘Points of View’ columns published in Nature Methods

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Juxtapose | Useful tool I’m sure for some: ‘JuxtaposeJS helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and GIFs’

Tilegrams | Super nice resource from Pitch Interactive providing a means for creating custom tiled maps (of the USA)

The Slow Journalism Company | ‘Delayed Gratification is the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine’

PowerBI | ‘Announcing ArcGIS Maps for Power BI by Esri (Preview)’

Vimeo | Short video about the exhibition ‘Everyda(y)ta’ – “From statistics to user-generated content, guest curator Thomas Clever (CLEVERºFRANKE) selected an international and current overview of innovative data visualization”

Austin Clemens | ‘Playfair: an open source web app for creating annotated charts’

UnDark | ‘Climate Data for the Masses’

Sundries

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

BBC | ‘How Britain’s rural routes are mapped’

Better Humans | ‘Cognitive bias cheat sheet. Because thinking is hard.’

YouTube | ‘Where the “comic book font” came from’

The Guardian | ‘How to stay happy when the sky is falling in’

The Guardian | ‘David Hockney on what turns a picture into a masterpiece’

Twitter | ‘The spines of these books are arranged to look like a map of the UK. The titles also have the names of nearby cities’

Washington Post | ‘What life is really like in “America’s worst place to live”‘

Best of the visualisation web… August 2016

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.

Visualisations/Infographics

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?’

Articles

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’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Kyrandale | New book: ‘Data visualization with Python and JavaScript’ by Kyran Dale

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

Sundries

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’

Best of the visualisation web… July 2016

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 July 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

LA Times | ‘Pitch by pitch: How Clayton Kershaw dominates hitters’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Gun Deaths in America’

Instagram | Mona Chalabi’s handdrawn data sketches (via EagerEyes)

Washington Post | ‘How Fox News fans keep Donald Trump afloat’ (includes a Marimekko chart, rarely spotted in the wild)

Project Linework | ‘A library of handcrafted vector linework for cartography, each designed in a unique aesthetic style.’

Ventusky | Another beautiful real-time portrayal of meteorological patterns across the globe (not super thrilled about the colours but I’ll get over it)

UC Lab | ‘City Flows – Comparative visualisation of urban bike mobility’

New York Times | ‘Who Will Be President?’ – the updated, live reporting on how likely the end of civilisation is

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Hip-Hop Is Turning On Donald Trump’

Thematic Mapping | ‘A range of exemplar maps to demonstrate the use of different thematic mapping approaches.’

The Intercept | ‘How the U.S. Trains the World’s Security Forces’

Facebook | Marking the two billionth Uber ride

PewResearchCenter | ‘Republican voters’ path to backing Donald Trump’

Washington Post | ‘A visual history of Donald Trump dominating the news cycle’

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Five Years of Drought’

MFViz | ‘This is an attempt to visually explain the core concepts of the Central Limit Theorem’

New York Times | ‘Hillary Clinton Broke One Glass Ceiling. When Were Others Broken?’

Bloomberg | ‘London Property Sales Fall Back to 2009 Levels’

The Guardian | ‘The new Republican center of gravity’

New York Times | ‘‘Stronger Together’ and ‘I Am Your Voice’ — How the Nominees’ Convention Speeches Compare’

FlowingData | ‘Most Common Family Types in America’

Ordnance Survey | ‘Britain’s most popular routes’

Washington Post | ‘Inside the echo chamber: The common rhetoric of the 2016 Republican National Convention’

Le Grand Orchestra Des Animaux | ‘The Great Animal Orchestra’ is exactly what you want something with that name to be

The Guardian | ‘Where is the riskiest place to live?’

Shirley Wu | ‘Film flowers: Top summer blockbusters reimagined as flowers’

Articles

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

Math With Bad Drawings | ‘Why Not to Trust Statistics’

The Functional Art | ‘Talking about visualization with John Burn-Murdoch’

VizCandy | ‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’

Data Assist | ‘How not to visualize like a racist (Data viz designing across cultures)’

Eager Eyes | ‘The Bits Are Rotting in the State of Data Journalism’

Steven G Braun | ‘We are not null’

Storybench | ‘How the Guardian used pixel art mini Trumps, Bernies and other candidates to display election results’

Stats, Maps n Pix | ‘From CartoDB to CARTO – the future of interactive mapping?’

The Verge | ‘Why are Republicans red and Democrats blue?’

ProPublica | ‘5 Things I Learned Making a Chart Out of Body Parts’

DataRemixed | ‘Building a thriving data visualization community’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘Speed or substance?’

FT | ‘Communicating with data — How the FT explained Brexit’

Pappubahry | ‘The rectangularness of countries’

Data Assist | ‘Most People Have More Than The Average Number Of Feet’

ProPublica | ‘Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World’

Ensia | (Linked to the last article) ‘From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design’

FastCo Design | ‘How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, resources, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

The Functional Art | Alberto’s video tutorials & resources, linked to the design of several of the graphs and maps showcased in The Truthful Art

After The Flood | Describing some of the behind-the-scenes thinking for the ‘Citizen Ex’ project

FiveThirtyEight | (Linked to the piece listed above) ‘How We Charted Trump’s Fall From Grace In Hip-Hop’

District Data Labs | ‘Time Maps: Visualizing Discrete Events Across Many Timescales’

The Guardian | ‘Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic’

Interworks | A collection of useful web data connectors for Tableau

Misc Magazine | ‘Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio’

Tableau | ‘How We Designed the New Color Palettes in Tableau 10’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

DataRemixed | ‘A First Look at Google Data Studio’

Mearso | Detailed reviews of UK university logos

Carto | ‘Introducing Carto Builder: A new way to analyze and visualize location data’

Medium | ‘Sightline is an automatic data visualization collection and discovery service that leverages the rich visualization ecosystem of the internet and puts it in one place’

Amazon | New Book: ‘New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything’
by New Scientist, Graham Lawton, and illustrated by Jennifer Daniel

Sundries

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

Brian B’s Climate Blog | Love this attempt to travel around North America pursuing a constant temperature – ’70°F Road Trip’

Morgenpost | ‘Huh! for Iceland’

QZ | ‘The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule’

The Guardian | ‘How technology disrupted the truth’

Quesabesde | ‘Ornitografías’ (Site in Spanish but contains some lovely abstract images formed by bird flight patterns)

NY Mag | ‘The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media’

Best of the visualisation web… June 2016

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 June 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Salmon Explorer | ‘A data-driven look at salmon habitat and populations’

Guardian | Great scrutinising of different Brexit/remain related claims ‘Brexit: how can the same statistics be read so differently?’

Guardian | …unfortunately it didn’t help swing the vote, here are the EU referendum results in full

Tampa Bay Times | A haunting but brilliant 3D journey around the scene of the Orland shootings

New York Times | ‘Watch the Orlando Shooting Story Take Shape’ – how the NYT front page changed during the course of the developing story

NZZ | ‘All Euro 2016 matches, Visualised Mondrian-style’

Google Transparency Project | ‘Google’s Revolving Door Explorer (US)’

WSJ | ‘How does ‘Hamilton,’ the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap’s master rhymes to blur musical lines?’

After The Flood | Developing the ‘UEFA Euro 2016 Player Barometer’

Under the Raedar | ‘City Footprints’ looking at commuting patterns into UK cities

Interworks | ‘Politics Viz Contest: Plotting Political Polarization’

Pollyvote | Tracking voting patterns and predictions for the US Presidential Election 2016′

WSJ | ‘Setting the Pace: The Fed Acts, Markets Move’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Who will win the presidency?’

R Graph Gallery | Exactly as the site title suggests, a gallery, of graphs, made using R and with the associated code

De Tijd | ‘The Oracle of De Tijd predicts the Euros’

New York Times | Big interactive that let’s you look in fine detail at the patterns of voting by different demographic groups in the 2012 and 2004 US elections.

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Which Cities Are On Similar Latitudes?’

Articles

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

Perceptual Edge | ‘Data Visualization Lite’ – a ringing non-endorsement of contemporary data visualisation books by Mr Few

Excel Charts | … a response from Jorge – ‘Get off my shoulders, said the giant’

Bocoup | ‘Building a Better Lyra’

The Functional Art | ‘There is no “perfect” visualization, but some are more appropriate than others’

Justin O’Beirne | ‘Cartography comparison: Google maps and Apple maps’

FT | Latest piece from Alan Smith, The Chart Doctor, ‘Communicating with data – timelines’

Excel Charts | ‘Excel vs. Tableau vs. PowerBI’

DigitalHO | ‘Interactive health data visualization approaches: good practices and examples’

Information Architects | An essay on icons

Rud.is | ‘On Whether Y-axis Labels Are Always Necessary’

University of Utah | ‘POEMAGE: A Visualization Tool in Support of Close Reading’

SignalvNoise | ‘Real-time dashboards considered harmful’

Medium | ‘The Coming Age of Calm Technology’

The Functional Art | ‘Defying conventions in visualization: Should time always be on the horizontal axis?’

Periscopic | ‘The Shadow of Data’

HBR | ‘Visualizations That Really Work’

Medium | ‘What’s False About True Color’

Vis4.net | ‘Why we didn’t use a cartogram in the Brexit map’

ProPublica | ‘Too Human (Not) to Fail: How design keeps you from screwing up and prevents disaster when you do.’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, resources, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper: Interesting study about techniques for visualising uncertainty ‘When (ish) is My Bus? User-centered Visualizations of Uncertainty in Everyday, Mobile Predictive Systems’

ResearchGate | Paper: ‘An Exploratory Visualization Tool for Mapping the Relationships between Animal Movement and the Environment’

Eager Eyes | ‘An Illustrated Tour of the Pie Chart Study Results’

SITE | Paper: Many interesting snippets from this student paper from 1994 by Pam Lott ‘Informational Graphics: Are non-lead visual displays beneficial to the reader?’

Source | ‘How we made “Make it Stop”‘ looking at the Boston Globe’s statement on gun control

Simon Rogers | ‘How we made a VR data visualization’

Storybench | ‘How the Financial Times built a story on invasive insects that buzzes with interactivity’

DB Vis | Paper: ‘SpaceCuts: Making Room for Visualizations on Maps’

PLOS | Paper: ‘Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

Github | Release of D3.js v4.0.0

Stats Life | ‘Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards 2016 – winners’

WWD | ‘The New York Times Looks to Visual Journalism for Growth’

Nieman Lab | ‘The Telegraph is trying to streamline soccer live blogging with an automated graphic system’

Sundries

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

Xerox | ’35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World’

Tulp Interactive | Make custom, generative spirographs

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The 25 Most Rewatchable Movies Of All Time’

The Verge | ‘The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret: it’s not really yours’