Best of the visualisation web… September 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 September 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Guardian | ‘Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else’s’

C82 | ‘Between Stations: Exploring the art of subway tracks’

Guardian | ‘A century of National Geographic infographics – in pictures’

Economist | ‘Many writers try to span America’s political divide’

Susie Lu | ‘Strong openers and late bloomers: Box office trends 2015 to August 2017’

FT | ‘A London Uber driver’s day on the road mapped out’

National Geographic | ‘[We] take a look at Cassini’s voyage and its greatest achievements’

Dear How To | One of my favourite project this year. ‘Each week for one year, each of us draws instructions on a blank postcard and sends it in turn to one or the other. The only rule is NO TEXT!’

Die Zeit | [Translated] ‘City, country, prejudice’

FT | ‘Germany’s election results in charts and maps’

SCMP | ‘Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics’

Global Goals | ‘The Goalkeepers data report: The stories behind the data’

Twitter | ‘3 active hurricanes to map….I don’t know which way is up’ (clever map orientation)

The Pudding | ‘How far is too far? An analysis of driving times to abortion clinics in the US.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms’

Bloomberg | ‘Kushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash’

Nesta | ‘Jobs in 2030: What skills will you need?’

Flowing Data | ‘Most Female and Male Occupations Since 1950’

Storybench | ‘Seven visualizations that tell the devastating story of the 2017 hurricane season’

New York Times | ‘The Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Only One Recent Storm Comes Close’

Guardian | ‘How death has changed over 100 years in Britain’

New York Times | ‘The world is projected to emit this much CO2 by 2100, exceeding our carbon budget three times over.’

Audubon | ‘Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way’

DataPhys | ‘[Exploring] more human and emotional ways of communicating data’

Axios | ‘The insane news cycle of Trump’s presidency in 1 chart’

Elephant Trust | ‘The evolution of the Amboseli elephants population since 1972’

Ken Flerlage | ‘The State of Data Visualization’

Stories Behind a Line | ‘The Stories Behind a Line is a visual narrative of six asylum seekers’ routes.’

Tulp Interactive | ‘TravelTime is a data visualization based on open data from the Dutch National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information’

New York Times | ‘Watching Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia From 22,000 Miles Above Earth’

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 | ‘655 Frustrations Doing Data Visualization’

Gabriela Plucinska | ‘Graphical abstracts’

Cartonerd | ‘Pointilist cartography’

Medium | ‘I like data-driven storytelling (I like loaded words)’

TED | ‘In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying’

Questions In Dataviz | ‘So, what’s the point?’

Medium | ‘Some notes on a collaboration with a Google News Lab: ‘How to fix a toilet and other things’’

Functional Art | ‘Low-tech visualization: How much space newspaper front pages used to cover hurricanes’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Media Has A Probability Problem’

Medium | ‘The next wave of data journalism?’

Google | ‘The state of data journalism in 2017’

Medium | ‘Thoughts on higher-level visualization libraries & the visualization industry’

Arnold Platon | ‘Who gets the UK’s 73 MEPS?’

Eager Eyes | ‘Vis Potpourri, September 2017’

Learning & Development

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

Medium | ‘Döner charts, eye roll gifs and word clouds — some things we learned visualizing Google Trends data around the German elections’

FT | ‘How to apply Marimekko to data’

Road To Larissa | ‘Hurricane How-To’

Quartz | ‘If you want to upgrade your data analysis skills, which programming language should you learn?’

Annual Reviews | Paper: ‘Risk and Uncertainty Communication: Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application’ by David Spiegelhalter

Eager Eyes | ‘Communicating Uncertainty When Lives Are on the Line’

Susie Lu | Design process notes to accompany the project listed above

MFViz | Amazing collection of open-source learning resources “to improve access to and understanding of programming languages”

The Functional Art | ‘In visualization, captions are as important as graphics themselves’

Medium | ‘Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking’

Truth and Beauty | Really nice project write-up from Moritz

New York Times | ‘Announcing a New Monthly Feature: What’s Going On in This Graph?’

Eager Eyes | …linked to the above is this from Robert, ‘Visualization as a Field Is Still Invisible’

Subject News

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

Mapbox | ‘A new kind of map: it’s about time’

After The Flood | ‘AtF Spark is a font that allows for the combination of text and visual data to show an idea and evidence in one headline’

Data Woj | ‘How can data visualisation help identify and communicate complex patterns?’

Guardian | ‘Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol’

Medium | ‘Introducing Semiotic for Data Visualization’

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

University of Nottingham | ‘3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image’

Nasa | ‘[This shows] the current state of the Deep Space network as established from available data updated every 5 seconds’

Flowing Data | ‘Everyday thresholds visualized in dramatic fashion’

Julian Oliver | ‘Wind energy used to mine cryptocurrency to fund climate research’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How To Win A Nuclear Standoff’

Topic | ‘One Sky, by Women Who Draw – A collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.’

New Statesman | ‘Two museums are having a fight on Twitter and it’s gloriously informative’

Best of the visualisation web… August 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 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’

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

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’

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’

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’

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

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’

Best of the visualisation web… July 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 July 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

SCMP | ‘Welcome to the South China Morning Post’s collection of infographics made for print. ‘

FT | …And here’s a place for all the FT’s visual journalism

Datavis Club | ‘A small visual exploration of the episodes and guests of the Data Stories podcast’

New York Times | ‘110 NFL Brains – A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players – 110 were found to have C.T.E’

ABC | ‘Census 2016: This is Australia as 100 people’

Tableau | ‘Daylight duration’ (+checkout the rest of Yvan’s excellent gallery of Tableau work)

RP Online | ‘Our life as a commuter’ showing the in- and out-flow of commuters around the cities of Germany

New York Times | ‘Baseball’s Upward Trend Is Leaving Some Players Grounded’ (perfect use-case of a polar chart)

Core77 | ‘Clever Designs for Perpetual Calendars… that all have one glaring design flaw’

dwtkns | Speaking of portfolios, Derek Watkins’ really is something else

Trump in One Word | ‘Describe Donald Trump in one word’, love the map of where words were submitted from

Flowing Data | ‘Divorce and Occupation: Some jobs tend towards higher divorce rates. Some towards lower.’

Hindustan Times | ‘Find the perfect run or walk, anywhere in the world’

The Pudding | ‘Free Willy and Flipper by the Numbers’

SBS | ‘Interactive: How diverse is my suburb?’

New York Times | ‘It’s Not Your Imagination. Summers Are Getting Hotter.’

Ito World | ‘Airspace of the #TourdeFrance!’

FT | ‘London’s ‘regeneration’: the backdrop to Grenfell rage’ (featuring swarm plot action)

Penalty | ‘An Alternatve to Radars for Visualisng Football Data’ (featuring yet more swarm plot action)

YouTube | ‘Off the Staff: An experiment in visualizing notes from music scores.’ by Nicholas Rougeux

Washington Post | ‘Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests’

Vimeo | ‘Red Bull at Night x ByBORRE: The Sixth Sense – Case movie’ by Clever Franke

Twitter | ‘A Voronoi diagram of people enjoying the sun in Bryant Park.’

Earth Observatory | ‘Sea Level Rise Hits Home at NASA: Watching Waters Rise Right Outside the Front Door’

Morgenpost | ‘In the West Antarctic, a gigantic iceberg has broken down from the ice shelf… Move it on the map and transfer the dimensions to your area.’

Xocas | and here’s another similar piece ‘How big is the iceberg?’

Tableau | ‘Does your MP represent your views?’

Washington Post | ‘Why so many NHL and NBA teams have won back-to-back championships’

Flowing Data | ‘Summary Statistics Tell You Little About the Big Picture’

ProPublica | ‘The Immigration Effect: There’s a Way for President Trump to Boost the Economy by Four Percent, But He Probably Won’t Like It.’

The Upshot | ‘The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Two Minutes Of Darkness With 20,000 Strangers’

New York Times | ‘Two Weeks on Ice in McMurdo Station, Antarctica’

Via Velox | ‘Visualizing GPS-tracked bike rides to better understand cycling behaviour’

Webkid | ‘Visualization of data along public transportation lines in Berlin’

Stamen | ‘Visualizing infant vaccination rates for the World Health Organization’

Quartz | ‘Watch this extorted money get lost in the expanse of the blockchain’

SB Nation | Don’t quite know how to describe it, just experience it

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 | ‘Explaining the Gap: Visualizing One’s Predictions Improves Recall and Comprehension of Data’

Tin Lizzie | ‘Exploring Histograms, an essay by Aran Lunzer and Amelia McNamar’

Facets | ‘Know your data: Better data leads to better models.’

Medium | ‘Here’s what I learned from writing, coding and designing my own longform data-driven feature story’

Eager Eyes | ‘Joy Plots’

Questions in Data Viz | ‘Where is the joy?’ – more about Joy Plots, so hot right now

Intuity | ‘Lab Talk with Prof. Dr. Till Nagel: Meandering along the way’

CJR | ‘Q&A: ProPublica’s Lena Groeger on data visualization and writing about design’

DC Rainmaker | ‘Tour de France Behind the Scenes: How Dimension Data Rider Live Tracking Works’

Clearly and Simply | ‘Variations of Alternative Bullet Graphs in Excel’

Hackernoon | ‘You Say Data, I Say System’

Learning & Development

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

VizWiz | ‘A New Way to Visualize an Income Statement’

Data Camp | ‘DataCamp for the classroom, a new free plan for Academics.’

GIJN | ‘How To Create a Data Journalism Team’

TEDEd | ‘How to spot a misleading graph’, TEDEd talk by Lea Gaslowitz

Flowing Data | …and on the same note ‘How to Spot Visualization Lies’

Slides | ‘Interactive Maps created with d3.js’, presentation by Lucia Kocincova

Skillshare | ‘Programming Data Visualizations: A Coding Toolkit for Processing by Nicholas Felton’

Pixelmap | ‘Pixel Map Generator’

PythonPlot | ‘Python Plotting for Exploratory Data Analysis’

Google Drive | ‘R-Studio Tutorials’

Interaction Design Foundation | ‘Online UX design courses by experts. At a low, nonprofit-level fee.’

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: ‘Data Visualization for Success: Interviews with 40 Experienced Designers’, by Steven Braun

John Grimwade | Profiling ‘InGraphics’ issue ten

The Noun Project | ‘Add icons without leaving your workflow’ – integration with office applications

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

Library Innovation Lab | ‘A Million Squandered: The “Million Dollar Homepage” as a Decaying Digital Artifact’

Comedy Central | ‘British Chainstores You Never Noticed In Sci-Fi Classics’

Wired | ‘Google Glass 2.0 is a startling second act’

Twitter | ‘This [a missing map] is ridiculous’

Livecodelab | ‘Livecodelab is a special secret place where you can make fancy “on-the-fly” 3d visuals and play awesomely offbeat (literally) sounds.’

Twitter | ‘Behold: The depecheplot #dataviz!’

hwkn | ‘New(er) York’

Medium | ‘On my second birthday we landed on the moon: A fifty year retrospective of trying to live with all of you on this goddamn planet.’

Ncase | ‘The evolution of trust’

Boredpanda | ‘This Cambodian Artist Is Taking Doodling To Another Level’

Time | ‘Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States’

Behance | ‘Illustrations for Bird Handbook, a leaflet introducing birds of Tokyo.’

10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2017

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.

At the end of last year I published a collection for the last 6 months of 2016 and now I’d like to reflect on the first 6 months of 2017. 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. Hannah Fairfield, NYT Climate Editor

Hannah has been a celebrated graphics editor with the New York Times for over a decade but I share the belief of many that her appointment as the Times’ Climate Editor is the perfect choice to lead on what is surely the most important and urgent topic of our time. One could argue Hannah potentially holds one of the most influential positions in this industry. The quantity and quality of output (eg. Antarctic Dispatches, Impact on Southern Statues, 95 Degree Days) emerging already, mobilising the NYT’s existing graphic talent, is hugely encouraging and I wish her and her team continued success with this agenda.

2. Elijah Meeks

Elijah has been a particularly prominent voice over the past 6 months since his tweet questioning the state of the data visualisation industry. This was a timely, perhaps contrary view, that snapped a few of us out of any complacency and triggered a wide ranging discussion about the health and prospects of the data visualisation field. A huge survey designed by several contributors but initiated by Elijah took place and was followed up by his provocative articles ‘If Data Visualization is So Hot, Why Are People Leaving?‘ and ‘Strategic Innovation in Data Visualization Will Not Come From Tech‘. This triggered several further articles in response – some supportive, others more countering – from people like Moritz Stefaner, a collection of contributions curated by Eric Socolofsky, Lynn Cherny, and Jorge Camoes, to name but a few. Elijah went on to articulate his thoughts in two excellent Data Stories and PolicyViz podcast episodes. It is perhaps the most widespread, helicopter-viewed introspection of the data visualisation field since the landmark and laminate-worthy Information Visualization Manifesto of 2009 (!)

3. Hindustan Times

Though they have been established for much longer than the window of time covered by this collection of developments, it is only really during the past 6 months that I’ve become increasingly aware of the outstanding work being done by the Hindustan Times data team of journalists and developers (team members list of Twitter accounts). Not only is their portfolio of work demonstrating excellence in visualisation design, the topics covered represent contemporary societal, educational, and political issues that will be so relevant to the varied nature of their readership. It is wonderful to see the team making this information so accessible and engaging to consume.

4. Mona Chalabi

Mona hardly needs any introduction, she has been established for several years as a talented data journalist working for organisations like FiveThirtyEight and, currently, as the Data Editor for The Guardian US. Over the past few years Mona has created a influential niche in this field and I think this is the right time to acknowledge the significance of what she is achieving. This is not only through her role at The Guardian, particularly with her wonderfully creative hand-drawn data sketches, but also through her writing and presenting roles in video documentaries and on television (including an appearance on Channel 4’s ‘Alternative Election Night’ programme in the UK). Mona is breaking down more barriers in the pursuit of making data accessible to a mainstream audience.

5. Susie Lu’s D3-Annotation

A second inclusion for a member of the Netflix visualisation team, Susie’s release in March of her d3-annotation library very noticeably struck a chord with developers. I’m not a d3.js developer so I am speaking purely as an observer but everything I have seen and read about this development is that it is a super neat, super welcome solution to what is an under-appreciated and often neglected but vital aspect of good visualisation design. Incidentally, aside from checking out this library, you should also take time to look through all the other good stuff Susie has worked on.

6. Draw what you think

It is well over three years ago that I profiled a branch of interactive visualisation developments that I termed ‘participative‘, where you go beyond just interacting to taking part through contribution. Since then there has been a steady growth in examples where users are invited to draw their thoughts or estimates about a given subject, perhaps originating (in exposure terms) with the New York Times’ ‘You Draw It: How Family Income Predicts Children’s College Chances‘. A recently published paper, authored by Yea-Seul Kim, Katharina Reinecke, and Jessica Hulman of the University of Washington, titled ‘Explaining the Gap: Visualizing One’s Predictions Improves Recall and Comprehension of Data‘ (and accompanying article) confirms my hunch that these type of experiences can really enrich the learning process through directly challenging one’s perceptions about a subject. This offers significant empirical evidence that might now see the increased adoption of this technique going forward.

7. Periscopic ‘Emotions’

There’s not much to say here other than I loved this pair of complementary pieces by Periscopic to visualise the emotion of the 10 most recent inauguration Speeches and the ‘Emotional Highs and Lows of Donald Trump‘, deploying innovative methods for the capturing and categorising of video-based data, using clever visual representation approaches and then, in the final works, demonstrating such respect for the importance of transparency in describing the methods used and statements of accuracy. Wonderful projects from start to finish.

8. Statistical and Data Literacy

In the previous ‘10 most significant…‘ posting I noted there would need to be a reaction to the apparent deficit that existed in trust and literacy with numbers, data, or statistics (how ever you wish to box it), especially in the aftermath of the US election and the UK’s EU referendum. Over the past 6 months I have seen a number of examples of people or groups looking to help make relevant resources and knowledge more widely accessible from the ‘Calling Bullshit‘ and ‘Seeing Theory‘ sites, through Alberto Cairo’s ‘Visual Trumpery‘ lecture tour, and to articles like ‘How to Spot Visualization Lies‘ from Nathan Yau or ‘Does Your Data Visualization Say What You Think It Says?‘ by Martha Kang, are all important contributors to this aim. But just the start, of course.

9. Statics don’t exist

I found this article by Dominikus Baur to be really compelling and quite thought-provoking. I began reading it expecting to disagree profoundly but by the end I was genuinely reconsidering my understanding of what it is to interact with a visualisation work. I continue to think that the reader – rather than maker – side of visualisation literacy is still under-researched and articles like this are really important to stimulate fresh thinking in the relationship between a reader and a visualisation work.

10. Gifs

Many of you will have seen Ed Hawkins’ animated radial plot of temperature changes that went viral last year. This was an example of how important the gif has now become to accompany, display or indeed market the publishing of a new visualisation work. Datagifs are certainly not new in 2017, Lena Groeger has been speaking about and collecting examples of them for a few years at least, but they have now become a quite ubiquitous and, I would concede, appealing option to provide a taster or to package up your visual work.

Special mentions…

Here are the other highlights or notable developments from the first half of 2017 that deserve a special mention:

Hans Rosling | We sadly lost Professor Rosling earlier in the year but it is quite clear that the inspiration and legacy of his work will continue to echo in significance for generations to come.

Forma Fluens | A fascinating project exploring ‘abstraction, simultaneity and symbolization in drawings’.

Axios Visuals | This is a one-to-watch inclusion. Axios is relatively new news and information website founded by several former members of Politico and, given the appointments made to the visuals team, I anticipate increasing growth in prominence to build on a very solid first few months.

Conflict Urbanism | An excellent project mapping and visualising 30 years of crimes in Colombia in hopes of better understanding the patterns and ramifications of the conflict.

Cracking the Mystery of Egg Shape | Love the synthesis of imagery, animation and visual analysis in this investigation in to why egg shapes are so different from one bird to the next.

Kim Rees at Capital One | The recruiting of Kim by Capital one was a huge coup and continues a recent trend of commercial organisations appointing or acquiring visualisation designers.

Best of the visualisation web… June 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 June 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

The Pudding | ‘A Timeline of Each Year’s Top-200 Grossing Films, 1966 – 2016’

Food and Water Watch | ‘Art Amplifies Activism Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline’

Science | ‘Cracking the mystery of the egg shape’. Eggxellent piece.

David Bihanic | ‘“Data Shapes” is an experimental project that introduces a realtime way to visualize the global flow of public data’

Dataphys | ‘EuroGums: Edible Population Pyramids’

Forma Fluens | ‘Abstraction, simultaneity and symbolization in drawings.’

New York Times | ‘How Britain Voted’

Twitter | Superb sequence of Premier League analysis by John Burn-Murdoch

Behance | ‘Visualising Futuristic Technology for National Geographic Channel’s Year Million ‘

Quartz | ‘Map: Donald Trump’s “mean, mean, mean” health care bill is meanest to his most crucial voters’

National Geographic | ‘From Blood-Soaked Sand to Retractable Roofs: A History of Stadiums’

New York Times | ‘Trump’s Lies’

FT | ‘Climate change pushes ominous clouds over southern US’

Washington Post | ‘Only two countries aren’t part of the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. will be the third.’

Treepedia | ‘Exploring the Green Canopy in cities around the world’

Visual Athlete | ‘Create beautiful art using sports data’

Vox | ‘We tracked the Trump scandals on right-wing news sites. Here’s how they covered it.’

The Big Book of Dashboards | A selection of downloadable dashboards profiled in the book

Tableau | ‘The Kakapo’

Nexo | ‘The rhythm and style of different Brazilian literary works’ [Translated]

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

FT | ‘Data visualisation: it is not all about technology’

Periscopic | ‘Visualizing Spanish Migration: A Case Study for Data Exploration at Periscopic’

Vencore | ’10:30 AM | The most important weather forecast of all-time: D-DAY, June 6, 1944*’

Perceptual Edge | ‘The DataVis Jitterbug: Let’s Improve an Old Dance’

Medium | ‘Why you should be prototyping’

Tableau Public | ‘Vizzes from Around the World: Italy’s Got Talent!’

Learning & Development

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

ThePudding | ‘How to implement scrollytelling with six different libraries’

IBCS | ‘The International Business Communication Standards (IBCS or IBCS Standards) are practical proposals for the design of reports and presentations’

Roman Klinger | Paper: ‘Investigating the Relationship between Literary Genres and Emotional Plot Development’ by Evgeny Kim, Sebastian Padó and Roman Klinger

Stardust | ‘Stardust: GPU-based Visualization Library’

JMP | ‘Introducing packed bars, a new chart form’

UBC | Talk slides: ‘Data Visualization Pitfalls to Avoid’ by Tamara Munzner

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’

Data Stories | ‘100 | Data Stories 100!!!’ (Congratulations to Mo and Enrico!)

Mapbox | ‘Welcome to Cartogram: Make a map style by dropping an image on the map’

Data Journalism Awards | Announcing the winners for the Data Journalism Awards 2017

Amazon | New book: ‘Data Visualization for Success: Interviews with 40 Experienced Designers’ by Steven Braun

Enigma Public | ‘Welcome to Enigma Public, the world’s broadest collection of public data. Take a tour to see everything you can do in the Public platform.’

O’Reilly | New book: ‘Interactive Data Visualization for the Web, 2nd Edition: An Introduction to Designing with D3’ by Scott Murray

Dunod | New book: ‘Manuel de datavisualisation’, by Jean-Marie Lagnel [French]

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

Archive | ‘Apollo mission 17 lunar photography index maps’

Twitter | ‘The mobile web in 2017’

Calligraphr | ‘Transform your handwriting or calligraphy into a font!’

Independent | From 2015 but I only learnt about it recently, the fascinating story of the China ‘social credit’ system to rate each citizen’s trustworthiness

Twitter | ‘One design firm’s jargon-free contract: “Time is money. More time is more money”‘

New York Times | ‘The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers’

Best of the visualisation web… May 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 May 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Vizualism | ’10 years after the credit crisis, stock market still red’ – Lovely horizon chart action from frédérik

Moonglow | ‘The 2002 Australian Total Solar Eclipse’ – really nice mosaic map

Data Sketches | ‘A Breathing Earth: 50.000 circles moving through a year of data on planetary vegetation health’

Washington Post | ‘A month of breaking news alerts, visualized’

Atlas for the End of the World | ‘The Atlas for the End of the World audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth’

Dylan Moriarty | ‘Foggy spaces’

Pudding | ‘Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?’

New York Times | ‘As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open’

WSJ | ‘Beat the Federal Reserve: See how changes in prices of goods and services influence inflation’

Washington Post | ‘Appalachia comes up small in era of giant coal mines’

Centre for Spatial Research | ‘Conflict Urbanism: Colombia maps and visualizes these crimes in hopes of better understanding the patterns and ramifications of the Colombian conflict’

Seattle Collisions | Nice project in itself but also a nice back story of seizing the chance to visualise important data that was not previously being done so

New York Times | ‘Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington?’ – love the annotated video work

Morgenpost | ’25 years ago, two of Germany became one. How united are we today? We have visited 25 places where German unity has a very special significance’ [Translated]

DataPhys | ‘EuroGums: Edible Population Pyramids’

Twitter | ‘Previous occupations held by MPs (since the 1950s).’

Font Map | ‘Using artificial intelligence to surface new relationships across (750) fonts’

FT | ‘French election results: Macron’s victory in charts’

New York Times | ‘How Abnormal Was Comey’s Firing? Experts Weigh In’

Twitter | The final animated gif by John Burn-Murdoch of the Premier League league table projections across the season

New York Times | ‘LeBron James Scores 5,995th Playoff Point, Taking the Record From Michael Jordan’

C82 | ‘Making of Color Palettes of The New Yorker’

Bloomberg | ‘How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything’

New York Times | ‘Antarctic Dispatches’

The Economist | Nice comet chart looking at the relative young age of Macron as French president

Axios | ‘The Emoji States of America’

io9 | ‘This Animated Field Guide To North American Butterflies Is Mesmerizing’

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

Eager Eyes | ‘Averages Are Metadata’

The Economist | ‘Data is giving rise to a new economy’

Spotify | ‘Iconic Playlists: What Emoji Say About Music’

Cambridge Intelligence | ‘Making sense of Cyber threats with graph technologies’

Our Origins | Nice interview with Lena Groeger ‘Developer, designer, and journalist at ProPublica’

Sense of Info Design | ‘The Value of Information Design Expertise’

John Grimwade | ‘Sketching Infographics’

Places Journal | ‘Two artists explore spy satellite calibration markers in the desert — and trace the satellites in the sky today.’

Prototypr | ‘Static visualizations do not exist’

Storytelling With Data | Nice piece from Cole about the role of and making-of the bullet chart

The Functional Art | ‘The importance of writing making-of articles in visualizatio’

DataBlick | ‘To Animate or Not To Animate’

Storybench | ‘What we learned from three years of interviews with data journalists, web developers and interactive editors at leading digital newsrooms’

Learning & Development

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

Journal of Vision | Paper: ‘Four types of ensemble coding in data visualizations’ by Danielle Albers Szafir, Steve Haroz, Michael Gleicher, & Steven Franconeri

ArcGIS Blog | ‘World Happiness Report’ – nice design process narrative from John Nelson

Jagoda Walny | ‘Thinking with sketches for information visualization’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Making-of: The Eurosearch Song Contest’

OpenVis Conf | What a wonderful way to present access to the conference talk videos and transcripts

Projection Wizard | I’ve probably shared before but worth including again, does what it says on the tin

Sage Journals | Paper: ‘Visual Geolocations. Repurposing online data to design alternative views’ by Gabriele Colombo, Paolo Ciuccarelli, & Michele Mauri

Autodesk Research | ‘Same Stats, Different Graphs: Generating Datasets with Varied Appearance and Identical Statistics through Simulated Annealing’

Medium | ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to d3.js’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Why You Don’t Believe In Facts, And How To Fix It’

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’

The Data Duo | ‘This project is about data, improving our skills, and getting to know each other. We will do this by tracking different themed data about ourselves, but the twist is we will visualize each other’s data.’

Information is Beautiful Awards | Announcing the ‘2017 Awards Categories’

Venture Beat | ‘Google launches Data GIF Maker to help storytellers convey information through animations’

YouTube | ‘The Data School – What it’s all about’

PR Newswire | ‘Stamen Design Wins Prestigious Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2017 National Design Award For Interaction Design’

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

Ritsumeikan University | A collection of brain-aching colour illusions

Toptal | ‘Sorting Algorithms Animations’

Design Taxi | ‘How Your Favorite Movie Studio Logos Were Brought To Life’

Storm Highway | ‘Dodge City, Kansas tornado life cycle panoramas’

GitHub | ‘This R package is mainly a repository for complete soccer datasets, along with some built-in functions for analyzing parts of the data’

Learning Music | ‘In these lessons, you’ll learn the basics of music making. No prior experience or equipment is required; you’ll do everything right here in your browser.’

Noisey | ‘How and Why Has “Mr Brightside” Never Left the UK Charts?’

The Mind Circle | ‘How Sensitive Is Your OCD Radar?’

YouTube | ‘Mike Monteiro – How to Fight Fascism’

Quick, Draw | ‘What do 50 million drawings look like?’

Best of the visualisation web… April 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 April 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Newsmood | ‘This tool allows you to visualise the hidden emotional context of news headlines’

Thomson Reuters | ‘The Rohingya Exodus: A desperate escape’

Washington Post | This is storytelling with data, ‘These lawmakers might want to consider crossing the aisle in the 115th Congress’

TWO-N | ‘Global Gender Gap Report’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How (un)popular is Donald Trump?’

Krisztina Szücs | ‘The Parallel Reality of Hungarian Government Media’

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Lights On & Lights Out’

Vimeo | ‘Multimodal Symphony: 24 hours of transit in New York City’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Case For Stephen Curry, MVP’ (particularly like the comet plots)

SoundViz | ‘Your favourite sound as beautiful art’

The Upshot | ‘You Draw It: Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?’

Thomson Reuters | ‘A show of force: Deconstructing all of Kim Jong Un’s major parades and highlight the messages they carry.’

Medium | ‘Organizing the World of Fonts with AI’

Resource Trade | ‘Exploring interdependencies in global resource trade’

National Geographic | ‘Seven things to know about climate change’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Star Wars, In One Chart’

Flowing Data | ‘Years You Have Left to Live, Probably’

Datavis.club | ‘Travel Visa Inequality’

The Pudding | ‘Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?’

The Economist | ‘What the world worries about’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests’

National Geographic | ‘What Will Become of Scotland’s Moors?’ (check out the beautiful map half way down)

Hindustan Times | ‘What’s it like to get trolled all day long?’

John Guerra | ‘Who to follow in openvisconf’

Deck.gl | ‘Wind Map’

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

YouTube | ‘John Maeda on the three types of design, the four quarters of life, and diversity’ (video)

Richard Brath | ’50 categoric colors, inspired by telephone wires’ some interesting thoughts about categorical patterns

Medium | ‘Automatically generate beautiful visualizations from your data: And other bad ideas’

Medium | ‘Banning exploration in my infovis class’

Medium | ‘Crafting Data-Driven Maps’ (at Uber)

Mikevizneros | ‘Dashboard Confessional: Thinking Out Loud’

Medium | A further contribution from Lynn to recent discussions in the – and about – the field: ‘Data Visualization “Versus” UI and Data Science’

Medium | …and here’s another from Jorge ‘Dispatches from the data visualization gutter’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Embracing Curiosity’

GV Library | ‘Everyone is a designer. Get over it.’

John Grimwade | ‘Fake data viz: Instant visualizations.’

Map Brief | ‘Few Interact With Our Interactive Maps–What Can We Do About It?’

TED | ‘How we can find ourselves in data’

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

Robin Kwong | ‘Lessons from the Exploratorium’

Medium | ‘Designers vs Developers — Accurat @ Visualized Milan’

Medium | A very personal reflection from Matt Daniels about a talk he gave at OpenVis

Wired | ‘Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts Uses Smart Design To Make Sense of Government Spending’

Medium | More insightful observations from Elijah Meeks ‘Strategic Innovation in Data Visualization Will Not Come From Tech’

Pro Publica | ‘When the Designer Shows Up In the Design’

Medium | ‘The superpower of interactive datavis? A micro-macro view!’

Learning & Development

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

Simple Maps | ‘A Guide to Making SVG maps with MapShaper’

New Scientist | ‘Creative people physically see and process the world differently’

Oregon State | Paper: ‘Design principles for origin-destination flow maps’ by Bernhard Jenny et al

Dueling Data | ‘NFL Combine & Triangle/Ternary Plot’ (including how-to)

GitHub | ‘Perceptions of Probability and Numbers’

IBM | ‘Art meets science: Data visualization guidelines’

Axis Maps | Excellent summary of the issues/solutions surrounding ‘Map Projections’

Tableau | ‘Mapping Real Time Flights – Beginner Tutorial’

Spatial.ly | ‘Population Lines: How and Why I Created It’

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’

Material | Nice resource – ‘Color Tool: Create, share, and apply color palettes to your UI, as well as measure the accessibility level of any color combination.’

SITE | Love these highlighted gifs ‘How the N.B.A.’s Craftiest Players Draw Fouls’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Malofiej25: the awards’

AirBnB | ‘Painting with Code: Introducing our new open source library React Sketch.app’

NYTCo | ‘Stuart Thompson Named Graphics Director, Opinion’

TechNode | ‘This startup wants to shake up data visualization with VR’

Tech Crunch | ‘Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps’

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

AI Experiments | ‘AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast.’

Brilliant | ‘Math and science done right: Master concepts by solving fun, challenging problems.’

Vignelli | ‘The Vignelli Canon’

The Guardian | ‘Expected goals and Big Football Data: the statistics revolution that is here to stay’

The Guardian | ‘Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false’

Open Culture | ‘John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music’

New York Times | ‘How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons’

Mike Hall | Love this portfolio of largely map-based illustrations

Twitter | ‘City of Detroit produced a lookup tables for its absentee precincts in 2016. It’s in Excel. But wait for it…’

John Grimwade | ‘The art of arrangement’

RaspberryPi | ‘Processing: Making art with code’

FT | ‘Can a robot do your job?’

Twitter | ‘…this is how the #BetterCallSaul writers break an episode’

The Guardian | ‘Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site’

Best of the visualisation web… March 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 March 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

The Guardian | ‘How to finish a novel: tracking a book’s progress from idea to completion’

Pudding | ‘How Music Taste Evolved
: Every top 5 song, from 1958 – 2016’

WSJ | ‘Blue Feed, Red Feed: See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side’

National Geographic | ‘The world’s top cities for people and the planet’

Data Cuisine | Profiling the work created at the ‘Data Cuisine Workshop Pristina, Kosovo’

Rock the VizComm | ‘Love and Happiness in Anna Karenina’

NewCo Shift | ‘Lynchburg, Virginia: The Most Typical City in America – Creating Context for Cities’

Planet Explorer | ‘With this tool you can see the Earth change by navigating backwards and forwards using the timeline’

National Geographic | ‘The tools animals use’

Meteor Showers | ‘All major meteor showers’

Lena Groeger | Great collection of data viz gifs

fiftythirtytwenty | ‘Income + Financial Stability in America’ work by two talented members of my previous MICA cohort

Alessandro Zotta | ‘On their way to Syria: The journey of foreign fighters’ – winner of the Malofiej 25 Best in Show Infographic

Tableau | ‘A Day in the Life of the Tube’

Gapminder | ‘In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are. We visited 264 families in 50 countries and collected 30,000 photos. See how people really live’

Articles

These items are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos

Medium | ‘2017 Data Visualization Survey Results’

Medium | Building on the above, further discourse from Elijah about the state of the field: ‘If Data Visualization is So Hot, Why Are People Leaving?’

Medium | Related piece… ‘There be dragons: dataviz in the industry’

Medium | Another follow-up… ‘Visualizing, The Field: Finding Our Way’

Medium | …and still more from Elijah! ‘Defining Custom Data Visualization’

Excel Charts | Companion post to a presentation titled ‘An evaluation of data visualization practices of statistical institutes.’

Storytelling With Data | ‘Building acceptance and adoption’

Chad Skelton | ‘A different way to think about “Data Storytelling”‘

Sciolistic Ramblings | ‘Data Visualisation: Lonely Hearts Club’

Medium | ‘Designers vs Developers’, a write-up of a talk given by Accurat at Visualized Milan

Robin Kwong | ‘How do we create a need for news?’

FT Data | ‘How to make 3D charts great again’

Info We Trust | A great, growing series of articles about classic visualisations and visualisers

Medium | ‘The death of interactive infographics?’

vis4.net | … in response (kind of) ‘In Defense of Interactive Graphics’

Medium | …and more defending! This from Irene Ros ‘In Defense of Simplicity, A Data Visualization Journey’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘My journey into data visualization: How does an Astronomer end up in data visualization anyway?’

Data Brit | Nice summary of Brit’s ‘Takeaways from the 2017 Tapestry Conference’

Catherine Madden Relay | On a related theme, here’s a roundup of Catherine’s collection of outrageously brilliant visual notes from Tapestry

Chez Voila | …and lastly, a review from Francis Gagnon ‘Tapestry 2017: Connecting the Dots’

Medium | ‘Picture, Depiction and Deception: Why Data Visualisations are Cultural Images’

Scientific American | ‘Visualizing Uncertain Weather’

PolicyViz | ‘What is Story?’

Learning & Development

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

Tapestry | ’10 Data Storytelling Videos from Tapestry 2017′

YouTube | ‘Do Maps Lie? – Why Numbers Matter, Episode 2’

Steve Haroz | Paper: ‘The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series’

Data+Science | A thoughtful critique of treemaps: ‘Using Treemaps to Visualize Data ‘

SoundCloud | ‘How can we deal with data better? How can we teach kids to deal with data better? Sarah Morris from the nonprofit Nuclear Learning Network has some answers’

Perceptual Edge | ‘Data Visualization Effectiveness Profile’

Kaggle | ‘Welcome to Kaggle Datasets:The best place to discover and seamlessly analyze open data’

GitHub | ‘Let’s Make Some Gifs!’ – really useful tutorials by Lena Groeger

Eager Eyes | ‘Sonification: The Power, The Problems’

Susie Lu | ‘d3-annotation’ helps you to overcome some of the challenges of adding annotations to d3 visualisations

Mike Vizneros | ‘Not a Violin Chart’ – a great process and discussion piece from Mike

Medium | ‘The Heart Deconstructed: A look at how We Were Strangers Once Too went from concept to reality’

vis4.net/ | ‘Re-coloring Illustrator graphics based on JSON data files’

mjfoster83 | ‘Life as a Modern Day Cartographer: Redefining Cartography for the 21st Century’

Vimeo | ‘How do we know that?’ talk by Robert Kosara

Medium | ‘The Challenges of Dataset for Data Visualization Tools’

Slides.com | ‘Who should tell the data stories? Stats offices vs. the media

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Why Do We Visualise Data?’

LarsVers | ‘Winter Olympics: A history of the white games in words and data’

Subject News

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

TechCrunch | ‘Backed by LocalGlobe, London-based Flourish launches data visualisation platform’

The Guardian | ‘Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion’

Raw Graphs | ‘Introduction to RAW Graphs’ (new version)

Graphics Link | The 21st ‘Information Visualisation Society’ International Conference, 11 – 14 July 2017 in London

Adventures in Mapping | Introducing the ‘Lego-ifier’

Market Cafe Mag | ‘Market Cafe Magazine is a quarterly zine about data visualization’ – Issue 1 was released in march

iguacel | ‘Explore winners of the 25th Malofiej International Infographics Awards’

Stats Life | ‘BBC ‘immensely grateful’ for RSS input into new stats guidelines’

Poynter | ’10 years in, The New York Times is tweaking its Interactive News team to empower reporters’

Google Cloud | ‘Google Cloud Platform adds new tools for easy data preparation and integration’

Macalester College | ‘Welcome to the World of Cartograph’

Microsoft | ‘Timeline Storyteller’

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

The Guardian | ‘Big data’s power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy’

NBC News | or… ‘How Big Data Broke American Politics’

Politiken | ’16 children – 16 photos: Click the black background and switch on their reality’

Design Taxi | ‘Brutally Honest Illustrations By A 29-Year-Old Creative That Reflect Adulthood’

Vimeo | ‘Every NYT front page since 1852’

The Guardian | ‘Expected goals and Big Football Data: the statistics revolution that is here to stay’

WordPress.com/ | ‘Introducing WordPress.com for Google Docs: A New Way Forward for Collaborative Editing’

Twitter | ‘Microsoft has an *incredible* corpus on inclusive design + accessibility.’

Twitter | ‘toilet paper visualization of the difference between zero and null’

New York Times | ‘We Have Some Good News on the California Drought. Take a Look.’ (the photography in this…)

BBC | ‘Think again: Will circular runways ever take off?’

Google Maps | ‘Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World’

Sketchfab | ‘Discover a million things in 3D and VR’

FT | ‘The problem with facts: Tim Harford on how today’s politicians deal with inconvenient truths’

Boing Boing | ‘Trump’s Time Magazine interview about truthfulness, minus all the lies’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Why Do We Count?’

Best of the visualisation web… February 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 February 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Reuters | ‘French presidential election’

Emmanuelle Moureaux | ‘Forest of Numbers’

New York Times | ‘What Do You Think Is the Most Important Problem Facing This Country Today?’

LA Times | ‘A runaway energy industry is costing California billions’

The Guardian | ‘How difficult, and how costly, is a hard Brexit?’

Quartz | ‘Explore all $304.6 billion in goods that the US imports from Mexico in a year’

Washington Post | ‘How today’s visa restrictions might impact tomorrow’s America’

YouTube | ‘All That We Share’ (that superb Danish human Venn/Euler diagram experiment)

Pop Chart Lab | ‘A diagrammatical dissertation on opening lines of notable novels’

Guardian | ‘Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison? An interactive case study’

Washington Post | ‘100 days of Trump claims’

Visual-telling | Nice timeline technique for showing the progress history of technologies

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Lego-ified Maps’

BBC | ‘Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum’

University of Richmond | ‘Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America’

My Life Through Data | ‘My Life Through Data is a physical interactive workbook of activities for people to track their daily habits, visualize them in a beautiful and unique way, then compare their lives to the American average.’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘My tribute to Hans Rosling’

See, Also | ‘A collection of our favorite visualizations built on Wikipedia data, curated by Hatnote’

Washington Post | ‘The United States of Oil and Gas’

The Public Domain Review | ‘W.E.B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)’

LA Times | ‘Where ‘La La Land’ was shot in L.A., scene by scene’

Pudding | ‘Where Slang Comes From’

xkcd | ‘Bad Map Projection: Time Zones’

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

EagerEyes | ‘The State of Information Visualization, 2017’

Tom Shanley | Helpful discussion about the merits and possible improvements of the sparkline

Dueling Data | …and here’s an interesting technique idea for adding sparklines to bar charts

Media Shift | Some useful practical tips in this, ‘Checklist: Does Your Data Visualization Say What You Think It Says?’

FlowingData | and similarly here, ‘How to Spot Visualization Lies: Keep your eyes open.’

The Coffeelicious | ..and continuing the theme here too, ‘Why This Map About Immigration Made Me So Angry’

Medium | ‘Crossing America. Thoughts About #MisInfoCon’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Data Vis in Times of Trump’

John Grimwade | ‘Emojis and beyond’

Medium | ‘The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge’

Gamasutra | ‘What Every Game Developer Needs to Know about Story’ (from 2005)

Data + Tableau + Me | ‘Dr Curvenomore or: How I learned to stop curving lines and love the bar chart’

Medium | ‘Data Humanism, the Revolution will be Visualized.’

FT | ‘How alternative facts rewrite history: A chart’s ability to mislead is off the scale’

Wired | ‘The nerdy charm of artisinal, hand-drawn infographics’

Medium | ‘The Current State of Adaptive Design’

Michael Babwahsingh | ‘Uniting for Understanding’

Medium | ‘What YouTube told us about the popularity of 2017’s Best Picture Nominees : An interview with Polygraph’

Nature | ‘What’s killing the world’s shorebirds?’

Medium | ‘Why newsrooms need storytelling tools and what we’ve learnt building them’

Learning & Development

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

TED | ‘Why you should love statistics’, TEDxExeter talk by Alan Smith from Apr 2016

YouTube | ‘Are You Above Average?’ part of an excellent ‘Why Numbers Matter’ series published by the Sheffield Methods Institute

Hackpad | ‘Cognitive science concepts relevant to misinformation’

Khan Academy | Some useful visualisation-related content amongst this set of topics, ‘Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs’

Eager Eyes | ‘Encoding vs. Decoding’

Peltier Tech | Useful references from Jon for Excel books

Github | ‘Extracting the full potential from Data Journalism in 2017’

Zararah | ‘Getting critical with data literacy’

Medium | ‘Intro to Data Science for Academics’

GitHub | ‘On Missing Data Sets’

YouTube | From Knight Center Courses, ‘Ethics of Data Cleaning’

Programming Design Systems | ‘A short history of color theory’

Brown University | ‘Seeing Theory is a project designed to make statistics more accessible to a wider range of students through interactive visualizations’

Storybench | ‘Tips on data visualisation from the Broad Institute’s Bang Wong’

Dropbox | A curated collection of readings about uncertainty

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’

Chart Accent | ChartAccent is a project that aims to make the process of chart annotation a little bit easier

FT | All of the FT’s visual journalism in one place

Mother Jones | ‘President Trump Likes Graphics and Maps’ (The final two throwaway sentences read very differently right now…)

The Functional Art | ‘Announcing Visual Trumpery: A lecture tour’

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

Timewheel | Sure I’ve included this before but worth another bump ‘Amazing chronophotographs capture patterns birds in flight’

New York Times | ‘Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 3’

Washington Post | ‘Could a subtle tweak to Metro’s map fix overcrowding on the Blue Line?’

PolicyViz | Places to search for images

Jay Duret | ‘Data-Driven Cartooning’

LA Times | ‘How do you feel about America right now? Make your own sign.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How One Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades Of English Soccer’

Quartz | ‘Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would’

It’s Nice That | ‘UN Women Egypt releases intricately illustrated print ads to highlight gender divide at work’

Twitter | ‘The most honest chocolate tablet ever’

The Ringer | ‘LeBron’s Clutch Shot Is Worth a Thousand Words’

Twitter | ‘Watching The 1996 #Oscars camera director direct Cuba Gooding Jr.’s acceptance speech is pure joy’

Time | ‘The Story Behind TIME’s Trump Chaos Cover’

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’