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’

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”‘