Best of the visualisation web… June 2016

At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from June 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interworks | ‘Politics Viz Contest: Plotting Political Polarization’

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

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

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Who will win the presidency?’

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

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

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

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

Articles

The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos

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

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

Bocoup | ‘Building a Better Lyra’

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

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

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

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

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

Information Architects | An essay on icons

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

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

SignalvNoise | ‘Real-time dashboards considered harmful’

Medium | ‘The Coming Age of Calm Technology’

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

Periscopic | ‘The Shadow of Data’

HBR | ‘Visualizations That Really Work’

Medium | ‘What’s False About True Color’

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

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

Learning & Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject News

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

Github | Release of D3.js v4.0.0

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

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

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

Sundries

Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing

Xerox | ’35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World’

Tulp Interactive | Make custom, generative spirographs

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

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

10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2016

To mark each mid-year and end of year milestone I try to take a reflective glance over the previous 6 months 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.

Earlier in the year I published a collection for the latter 6 months of 2015 and now I’d like to reflect on the first 6 months of 2016. 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. Climate spirals

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Produced by Dr Ed Hawkins, Climate scientist at the University of Reading, this animated spiral plot of global temperatures since 1850 to date went viral on social media, providing what some observers described as the most compelling illustration of the dramatic changes in our climate.

2. PolicyViz podcast

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Whilst the PolicyViz podcast, hosted by Jon Schwabish, has been going for over a year, I feel it is has really established deserved prominence across the field over the past 6 months in particular. Jon is a natural, charismatic host and interviewer and he has developed a terrific rhythm, both within the episodes – through the style, angle and pace of the conversations – and between episodes – skilfully navigating around his Rolodex of contacts to cover the field’s diversity from all angles. He’s also landed some major names rarely heard elsewhere, with appearances from Edward Tufte and William Cleveland to mention just a couple. At roughly 20/25 minutes in length it offers a bite-sized companion to the enduringly popular Data Stories episodes that tend to be closer to 60 minutes in duration.

3. Lisa Rost

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Lisa is a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow in the NPR visuals team, based in Washington, DC. Whilst I’ve been aware of Lisa and her work long before this recent period, it is certainly over this last 6-months that she has become increasingly prolific and visible in her contributions to discourse around the subject. Just two contrasting examples of her outputs include (1) a truly wonderful piece of work comparing the task of creating the same chart in 12 different tools and using 12 different libraries and (2) during her time at NPR she is blogging every single day about her work. I also loved this comparison of the latitudes of notable cities across the planet’s continents.

4. Polygraph

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Polygraph is not new to me but I feel the quality and ‘interestingness’ (genuine word) of work emerging from Matt Daniels and his team of collaborators during 2016 has been really superb. The purpose of Polygraph is to offer “a publication that incites water cooler discussion about complex topics”. What separates their from many others, in my opinion, is the clarity of the core curiosities that drive their fascinating array of data-driven investigations into subjects around popular culture, looking into subjects like the evolution of music taste, Hollywood’s gender divide and its effects on films and the most timeless songs of all time. There is a terrific Data Stories episode 74 profiling and discussing Matt’s work.

5. Lena Groeger’s ‘Visual Evidence’ articles

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For eagle-eyed readers of my site, it will come as no surprise to hear I am a huge fan of Lena Groeger’s thinking around data vis. I’ve celebrated her work in previous review posts (2014, 2015) and have included her again this time because of her excellent new series of astute, long-form ‘Visual Evidence’ articles (Update: Flipboard collection also here) where she goes in to depth about quite niche slices of interest about ‘data and visual design in everyday life’. Put the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa and set aside some time to read them.

6. Spies in the Skies

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This is already an award-winning data journalism project by Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife of Buzzfeed News, analysing the patterns of U.S. government aircraft, piloted by agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that routinely take to the skies over American cities. As the project article explains “the government’s airborne surveillance has received little public scrutiny — until now. BuzzFeed News has assembled an unprecedented picture of the operation’s scale and sweep…”. It has justifiably received many plaudits from across the spectrum of commentators for hitting that sweet-spot again of excellence in data handling, compelling angle of investigation and terrific visuals.

7. Makeover Monday

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This has been a super concept developed by Andy Kriebel and Andy Cotgreave based on a weekly challenge to take the data from an existing project and invite the Tableau community to propose makeover redesigns to explore the different potential creative avenues. Over the course of the year it has grown a loyal and committed following of people creating redesigns of works, importantly, in the entirely appropriate spirit of constructive critique rather than unsubstantiated criticism.

8. Pie chart studies

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Co-authored by Robert Kosara and Drew Skau, some important new research about pie charts. “Pie charts? Don’t we know everything about why pie charts are evil and really dumb?”, might be the words uttered by a few. However, this work is really significant because, in response to the question “do we know how we read pie charts? Is it actually angle, as is usually claimed, or is it really arc length or maybe area?”, Robert and Drew discovered that there was no actual research to back up the claims that it was indeed angle. Furthermore, “the common wisdom about how we read these charts is almost certainly wrong, and that things are much more complicated than we thought”. The pair of research papers looked at (1) ‘Arcs, Angles, or Areas: Individual Data Encodings in Pie and Donut Charts’ and (2) ‘Judgment Error in Pie Chart Variations’.

9. Interactive approaches at the (New York) Times, they are a changin’

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When any folks from the New York Times speak, you listen and you learn, but when Archie Tse speaks at Malofiej 24, and the title of his talk is about ‘Why we are doing fewer interactives?‘, you really know it is time to listen and learn. I wasn’t there to watch this talk, let me establish that upfront, but it is clear from the contents that this is something significant. I’m not going to repeat the main takeaways from this, just go through it yourself (it is quite short) and you’ll learn about ‘three rules for visual storytelling’ and the main ways the NYT graphics team are changing their approach to creating the types of experiences their users are clearly demanding/responding to.

10. Data Journalism’s ‘Dirty little secret…’

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On the topic of newspaper based visual journalism, this article by Christopher Ingraham on the Wasington Post’s Wonk Blog really struck a chord with me. It talks about the ‘veneer of authority and objectivity’ that numbers and graphical representations can convey to readers, despite the fact that, as makers of these things, we introduce so many subjective decisions about what to show, what to include and how to show it.

Special mentions…

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

Kennedy Elliott’s OpenVis talk | Whilst we are discussing the Washington Post, two more special mentions for their work/colleagues. Firstly, this super interesting talk/article created by Kennedy discussing her reflections on investigating ’39 studies about human perception’.

NFL Draft History | Secondly (or should it be thirdly), this incredibly in-depth, highly customisable and hugely varied analysis of the NFL’s draft history.

FT’s changing approach | I already noted the changes and quality of visualisation work coming out of the FT in last year’s 6-monthly review but this is a really nice account, a few months on, of the changes being made, in particular, since the arrival of Alan Smith to the team.

Chriming | Just a beautiful piece of work by Seoul-based Sook Ko visualising bird song through the metaphor of branches, trees and forests.

Nadieh Bremer | Like Lisa, mentioned above, Nadieh is a (self-described) ‘Astronomer-turned-Data-Scientist-turned-self-taught-Data-Visualization-Designer’ who has been very active and visible this year, producing a wide range of fascinating visual projects, tutorials, talks and resources reviews.

WSJ’s Hamilton | A really innovative piece about the musical “Hamilton” and looking at “how some of the most densely packed, complex rhyming lyrics in the history of musicals actuallyl work”.

Nicholas Rougeux | Nicholas is another designer who has really appeared consistently on my radar in recent months with his interesting, inventive and wonderfully elegant visualisation explorations.

Flag Stories | A very simple subject in theory but a super nice and super dense array of visual analysis studying the attributes of the flags of the world, created by Denmark-based studio, ferdio

Tamara Munzner’s new blog | Tamara has started a blog and things are better because of it.

Best of the visualisation web… May 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 May 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Climate Lab | ‘The animated spiral presents global temperature change in a visually appealing and straightforward way.’

New York Times | ’40 Percent of the Buildings in Manhattan Could Not Be Built Today’

Nuclear Secrecy | ‘American Nuclear War Plan, 1956’

athenahealth | ‘A visualization of athenahealth network data’

ABC | ‘Vote Compass is a tool developed by political scientists for exploring how your views align with those of the candidates’

BBC Earth | ‘How much of your body is your own?’

Guardian | Small-multiple grid map of sankeys. (That’s right, you read that correctly)

Polygraph | ‘How music taste evolved’

Washington Post | ‘How the economy is doing this month’

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

FT | ‘Leicester’s incredible run: Started from the bottom, now they’re here’

Vimeo | ‘Kung Fu Motion Visualization’ by Tobias Gremmler

Guardian | ‘How Leicester City’s triumph compares with other title winners’

Stamen | ‘Introducing the Atlas of Emotions, our new project with the Dalai Lama and Paul & Eve Ekman’

Polygraph | ‘The Universe of Miles Davis: His legacy, represented by every Wikipedia page that mentions him’

Tech Insider | ‘These mind-blowing comparisons put Earth’s true size into perspective’

NASA Earth Observatory | ‘Natural Beauty at Risk: Preparing for Climate Change in National Parks’

Utah.edu | ‘Poemage is a visualization system for exploring the sonic topology of a poem.’

Tableau Public | ‘Look back at US presidential election results from 1920-2012 utilizing a small multiples approach’

Quantified Selfie | ‘Quantified Selfie is a project that explores identity through data’

VeloViewer | ‘Road Orientation Distributions’

New York Times | A new VR project: ‘Set foot on an alien world, three billion miles from the warmth of the sun.’

BSC | ‘Simulados: A documentary around the lives of a prehistoric virtual family trying to survive the moody conditions imposed by the scientists studying them.’

National Geographic | ‘Sizing up sharks, the Lords of the sea’

Swanh | ‘Star Wars Episode IV in one picture’

Tableau Public | ‘What if superheroes visualized data…’

Vimeo | ‘A projected mapped interface for a ping pong table to show data visualisations for trainers and players.’

Flowing Data | ‘The Changing American Diet’

City Lab | ‘Mapping the Incredible Spread of Million-Dollar Homes Across San Francisco’

Five Thirty Eight | ‘The Sumo Matchup Centuries In The Making’

Morgenpost | ‘These are Germany’s greenest cities’

WSJ | ‘What’s Your Pay Gap?’

Flowing Data | ‘Who is Older and Younger than You’

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 | ’39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes’

Eager Eyes | Helmets on… ‘3D Bar Charts Considered Not That Harmful’

Medium | ‘A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices’

Eager Eyes | ‘A Pair of Pie Chart Papers’

PolicyViz | ‘An Interview with Jorge Camões’

ProPublica | ‘An Unintended Side Effect of Transparency’

Uber | ‘Engineering intelligence through data visualization at Uber’

DPR Barcelona | ‘Honeycomb City Networks: What if bees had mobile phones?’

Washington Post | ‘How this year’s ‘it’ colors came to be’

ProPublica | ‘How Typography Can Save Your Life’

Nesta | ‘The state of interactive data visualisation’

The Memo | ‘Making big data beautiful’

Medium | ‘Mobile-First News: How People Use Smartphones to Access Information’

Nautilus | ‘Science Should Be Totally Beautiful’

Journalism | ‘How the data team at the FT is moving forward as audiences go mobile’

Vox | ‘The bad map we see every presidential election’

Quartz | ‘The data visualization tweet that made my head explode, and the women who put it back together’

Tiny Letter | ‘The Dataviz Pioneer You’ve Never Heard of’

Scientific American | ‘The Feynman-Tufte Principle: A visual display of data should be simple enough to fit on the side of a van’

The Functional Art | ‘”Our reader” won’t understand something as complicated as that!’

Eager Eyes | ‘The Scrollytelling Scourge’

HBR | ‘Visualizations That Really Work’

Nieman Lab | ‘Want to start a small data journalism team in your newsroom? Here are 8 steps’

The Visual Communication Guy | ‘What Does Your Font Choice Say about You (and your document)?’

Medium | ‘What I learned about doing great data journalism in 3 hours at the New York Times and ProPublica’

Learning & Development

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

Ben Collins | ‘Excel tutorial: build a dynamic bump chart of the English Premier League’

Storybench | ‘How to build an interactive county level map like the New York Times’

sirvizalot | ‘How To: Small Multiple Tile Map in Tableau’

Lisa Rost | Brilliant pair of investigations by Lisa Rost, firstly… ‘One Chart, Twelve Tools’

Lisa Rost | …and secondly, ‘One Chart, Twelve Charting Libraries’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Which books to read to learn more about data visualisation’

Royal College of Art | Paper: ‘Visualising Cultural Data: Exploring Digital Collections Through Timeline Visualisations’, by Florian Kräutli

Subject News

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

PolicyViz | Details of Jon Schwabish’s upcoming book (available for pre-order) ‘Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks’ which will be great

Exploratory/ | New tool I’ve come across: ‘Exploratory Desktop provides an interactive and reproducible real data wrangling and analysis experience powered by R and visualization.’

St Andrews | ‘iVoLVER (Interactive Visual Language for Visualization Extraction and Reconstruction) is a tool that allows users to create visualizations without textual programming’

Caleydo | ‘Pathfinder is a visual analysis tool for the exploration of paths in large networks that was built with Caleydo Web’

Questions in Dataviz | New site: Always good to see a new data visualisation blog emerge and here’s a new one from Neil Richards

FT | Launch of ‘The Chart Doctor’ a column about visualisation and infographics’

Terrapattern | ‘The alpha version of Terrapattern, a visual search tool for satellite imagery’

iTunes | New podcast (to me): ‘What’s The Point: A show about our data age’ by FiveThirtyEight

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

Sploid | ‘100 Years of Film History Retold with the Best Shot in Each Year’

Twitter | ‘YouGov surveyed voters on how they think fictional characters would vote in the #EUref…’

Spicytec | ‘Deconstructed buildings looks like Fair-Tale Houses’

Nerdist | ‘Does Sean Bean really die more than other actors?’

Twitter | ‘The next kind of #infographics might need a new kind of page layout. 2D graphics in 3D space, who would have thought’

Vox | ‘I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day.’

DataPhys | ‘Jller: A Robot Rearranges Pebbles by Geologic Age’

Vimeo | ‘Michael Bay: What is Bayhem’

Quartz | ‘Programmers imagine the most ridiculous ways to enter a phone number into a form’

Guardian | ‘Quiz: can you identify the city from the blank street map?’

Reveal | ‘Image Verification Assistant helps you to analyse the veracity of online media’

xkcd | ‘Guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map’

WSJ | ‘The phrase “the Leicester City of” has appeared in numerous news reports this year…’

Best of the visualisation web… April 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 April 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

McKinsey | ‘Breaking down the gender challenge’

Mini Maxir | ‘Blockbuster Movies with Male Leads Earn More Than Those with Female Leads’

Ootro Estudio | ‘Ludi Arbor is a data visualization project consists of a series of graphic representations reconstruct the tree game eight of the best players in Chess history’ (Translated)

Data USA | ‘The most comprehensive visualization of US public data’

NPR | ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt — It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride To The Conventions’ – some interesting experiments using nested cartogram/grid maps

ABC | ‘Budget 2016 sliced and diced: Where every dollar comes from, and how it’s spent’

Health Intelligence | ‘Four Decades of Prevalence in Body-Mass Index Categories’

Guardian | ‘Game of Thrones: the most Googled characters – episode by episode’

c82 | ‘Global Subway Spectrum: An exploration of colors used for lines in every rapid transit system’

WSJ | ‘How Trump Still Can Clinch the Nomination’ – nice explainer/scroller

Washington Post | ‘Legendary? Lousy? How the [choose team] have fared in the NFL draftOne of’, remarkably deep, customisable piece of analysis

National Geographic | ‘Hot Dogs: America’s Most Popular Breeds’

LA Times | ‘How Kobe’s game worked (and how it didn’t)’

Washington Post | ‘It’s a Point Guard’s game’ – super integration of visuals, text, illustrations, images, video and audio. The whole buffet.

The Upshot | ‘Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares’

National Park Service | ‘Mapping Sound on a National Scale’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Prince’s Purple Reign, In One Chart’

Radical Cartography | ‘American Slavery’

ICJJ | ‘Panama Papers: The Power Players’

BuzzFeed | ‘Spies in the Skies’

Guardian | ‘The dark side of Guardian comments’

Ship Map | ‘Movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012’

Vox | ‘This cartoon lets you try to balance Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s tax plans. Good luck.’

Le Monde Diplomatique | Fascinating maps and fascinating use of a non-typical projection ‘Total arms exports 2011-5’

Imgur | ‘United States of Wood’

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

Gramener | ‘The Sonnets of Shakespeare’

Untangling Tennis | ‘A visual and data analytic exploration of success in tennis: Uncovering the relationship between performance and popularity.’

Cosmic Web | ‘Our research used data from 24,000 galaxies to construct multiple models of the cosmic web, offering complex blueprints for how galaxies fit together.’

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

PolicyViz | ‘Episode #38: Steven Drucker, principal researcher at Microsoft Research.’

ProPublica | ‘How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots’

LA Times | ‘How we mapped Kobe’s 30,699 shots’

Vallandingham | Super interesting talk slides by Jim, ‘Interactive Small Multiples’

Scientific American | ‘How to Read the Latest Zika Vector Genome Chart: Efforts to learn more about the mosquito that transmits Zika have resulted in a new visualization…’

The Functional Art | ‘Visualization against statistical bullshit’

Storybench | ‘Newsrooms need project managers’

Washington Post | ‘The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you’

Computer World | ‘The inevitability of data visualization criticism’

Threestory | ‘Visualizing Science: Visual thinking has power to inform the scientific process.’

Justin Obeirne | ‘What happened to Google maps?’

Storybench | ‘To scrape or not to scrape the technical and ethical challenges of collecting data off the web’

BBC | ‘Your face is Big Data’

Learning & Development

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

Medium | ’39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes’

Github | Love this ‘d3 exploding boxplot’

Katherine Ognyanova | Brilliant guide for creating network visualisations with Gephi

Quartz | ‘It’s OK not to start your y-axis at zero’

c82 | ‘Making of the Colors of World Flags poster’

13pt | Jonathan Corum’s annotated slides from his talk at ‘See, Think, Design, Produce 3’

Medium | ‘The Storyteller’s Guide to the Virtual Reality Audience’

Medium | ‘What I use for data-driven journalism’

Subject News

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

No Starch Press | New book: ‘The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics’, by Tilman M. Davies

Google Groups | A bizarre complaint about D3.js technical document turns into a ‘grab the popcorn’ discussion

Open Culture | ‘Google Makes Its $149 Photo Editing Software Now Completely Free to Download’

PhotoViz | New site, providing ongoing updates and new projects associated with the subject of the related book by Nicholas Felton

Neoformix | Celebrating 10 years since (the excellent) Jeff Clark’s first post on Neoformix

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

One Perfect Shot | ‘The beginning of the end: First and final frames in television’

BBC | ‘Activity icons ‘could help healthy living’’

HCI Pioneers | ‘The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Pioneers Project draws attention to the trail-blazers by describing their backgrounds and contributions.’

GC Map | The ‘Great Circle Mapper’

Sploid | ‘100 Years of Film History Retold with the Best Shot in Each Year’

Tableau | ‘Tableau Sushi’, a whole new way of deploying Tableau…

Guardian | ‘Wait… is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making’

Best of the visualisation web… March 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 March 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

BBC | ‘Life and death in Syria: Five years into war, what is left of the country?’

Andy Woodruff | ‘Beyond the sea’ – “What’s really across the ocean from you when you look straight out? It’s not always the place you think.”

McKinsey | ‘Breaking down the gender challenge’

CNN | ‘China: Beijing man photographs three years’ worth of smog from his window’

Behance | ‘Chirming: Visualising bird song’

Flag Stories | Comprehensive analysis of every conceivable attribute of the flags of the world

Muyueh | Visually exploring the assumption that ‘different languages have different ways to describe color.’

The Upshot | ‘Measuring Donald Trump’s Mammoth Advantage in Free Media’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Merrick Garland Is The Oldest Supreme Court Nominee Since Nixon Was President’

Proof Reader | ‘Most characteristic words in successful and unsuccessful whitehouse.gov petitions’

Onformative | ‘Porsche BlackBox online visualization of driving experience 2015’

Mike Kelley | “Wake Turbulence”, the cover page project as seen on PhotoViz – ‘Photographing every departure at LAX’s south complex’

National Geographic | ‘See Where Access to Clean Water Is Getting Better—and Worse’

Washington Post | ‘The end of the U.S. oil boom, told through one Texas company’s bust’

ProPublica | ‘Hell and high water’

WSJ | ‘The Delegate Simulator’

Bloomberg | ‘Virtual Gridlock: Relive the Agony of D.C.’s Metro Shutdown’

Washington Post | ‘Why flying is awful, explained using your sad, lonely apartment’

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

Nieman Lab | ‘A new data viz tool shows what stories are being undercovered in countries around the world’

Matthew D Harris | ‘Boxplot or not to boxplot: Woeful example’ – “How to visualize numerous distributions where quantiles are important and relative ranking matters?”

Medium | ‘Data visualisation: what’s next? The trends of data visualisation are forever shifting and changing as the data climate evolves at an ever faster pace.

FT | ‘Explore the changing tides of European footballing power’

Nieman Lab | ‘From “service desk” to standalone: How The New York Times’ graphics department has grown up’

Gestalten | ‘What is PhotoViz?’ – interview with co-editor Nick Felton about this fascinating new book

ProPublica | ‘Infographics in the Time of Cholera’

Markets for Good | ‘The Trials and Tribulations of Data Visualization for Good’

Medium | ‘Process and Progress: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the How, What and Why of Data Visualization’

Redheaded Step Data | ‘Color Innovation: This post imbues the importance of innovation with color in data visualization’

Medium | ‘That one free tool’

Juicebox | ‘The Future of Dashboards’

Nieman Lab | ‘The island of knowledge and the shoreline of wonder: Using data visualization to prompt exploration’

Medium | ‘The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week’

Prototypr | ‘Why Charting The Journey Is Just As Important As Charting The Data: Designing data visualizations for maximum impact’

Learning & Development

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

You Tube | Collection of videos from the Tapestry Conference 2016

You Tube | Collection of videos from the IRE/NICAR Conference 2016

Data Bender | Tableau tutorial for adding a very useful feature – ’45 degree reference line with dynamic axes’

Flowing Data | ‘Comparing ggplot2 and R Base Graphics: I look at differences in a side-by-side, from a practitioner’s perspective.’

PolicyViz | Episode #36: Xaquín González Veira

Viz Ninja | An interesting organisational perspective on establishing a visualisation capability, here focusing on ‘How to Build a Tableau Support Team’

Webkid | ‘How we created an interactive map with MapboxGL’

ProPublica | ‘How We Made Hell and High Water’

GitHub | Archi Tse’s talk at Malofiej 24 ‘Why We Are Doing Fewer Interactives’

Chrys Wu | Collection of Slides, Links & Tutorials from NICAR 2016

O’Reilly | ‘Programming for Designers: Learn to express your ideas in code with p5 and JavaScript’

Atchai | ‘The best web-based data visualisation tools’

Randal Olson | ‘The correct way to use pie charts’

Eager Eyes | Pie charts never drop from the radar… ‘Ye Olde Pie Chart Debate’

Visual Loop | ‘What’s Really Happening’, by Janelle Hall – describing an informational graphic poster describing a typical female college student’s lifestyle

Subject News

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

Above Chart | New site from Scott Klein, ‘The Above Chart Manifesto’ looking at some of the pioneering but forgotten history of data journalism

Twitter | ‘A structural shift? Yes, moving to printed pages with visualisations composed entirely in #d3…’

SandDance | From Microsoft Research, ‘by using easy-to-understand views, a touch-based interface, and animated transitions between views, SandDance helps you find insights about your data’

The Lisa Project | Lisa Rost, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at NPR in Washington, is writing one blog post every day: “how do I judge my input and output? What did I learn today? And what questions still remain”

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

One Perfect Shot | ‘The cinematography of MR. ROBOT has re-written the rules for how to shoot episodic television. ‘

Boing Boing | ’25 GIFs that explain how things work’

New York Times | ‘A Short Puzzle to Test Your Memory’

MobilECG | The brilliant ‘MobilECG Business Card’

WSJ | ‘Classic New York Streetscapes, Then and Now’

Atlas Obscura | ‘Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage’

Independent | ‘It is hard being a columnist for eighteen years – here’s how I got through it’

You Tube | The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan gets caught out by a chart on Newsnight

Time | ‘See Zaha Hadid’s Most Awe-Inspiring Buildings’

The Guardian | ‘The invention of the colour purple’

Quartz | ‘The world’s blackest color belongs to one person—and he’s Instagramming his victory’

Best of the visualisation web… February 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 February 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Benitez_Vogel | ’50 3D printed data sculptures made from game data from each of the 50 Professional Football Championship Games (1967 – 2016)’

Polygraph | ‘Crowdsourcing the Definition of “Punk”‘

Explorable Explanations | ‘Explorable Explanations is… a totally unorganized “movement” of artists, programmers, and educators who make things & tools for active learning.’

Nesta | ‘A Top 30 skills chart’

Jill Pelto Art | Collection of artistic portrayals from Jill that portray scientific data

Washington Post | ‘How the economy is doing this month’

Dinfografia | ‘5 great data visualisation pieces from outside the newsroom’

Road to Larissa | ‘Minute by Minute Point Differentials of 2015 NBA Games’

Washington Post | State-by-State caucus election results

YouTube | ‘Network Earth: The world is a complicated place… How can we ever hope to understand and predict the complexity of our mulit-networked world? New research may have the answer.’

Crime in Mexico | Up-to-date crime information from Mexico (as you might have gathered)

Mode Analytics | ‘Do Brand Colors Translate to Instagram?’

New York Times | ‘Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory’

Subspotting | ‘The Subspotting project captures, maps and visualizes the available cell phone reception in the entire New York City Subway’

Multiviz | ‘Informative Scales Corpus: A collection of Informative Scales found on the internet and classified into a corpus.’

Economics & Statistics Administration | ‘Visualizing Atmospheric Rivers’

Medium | ‘What Does Data Sound Like?’

New York Times | An interesting blend of words and visuals in this brief history of the Super Bowl

Information is Beautiful | ‘Based on a True True Story? Scene-by-scene breakdown of Hollywood films’

ODI | ‘Britain’s diet in data’

Table Top Whale | ‘Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars’

New York Times | ‘How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2015?’

Guardian | ‘Who’s winning? Find out how your income compares with every other generation’

Information is Beautiful | ‘The Hollywood In$ider: Visualization explorer for every major film 2008-2015’

FT | ‘Global trade: structural shifts’

iVisualize | ‘Learning Kanji with Tableau’

Flowing Data | ‘Million to One Shot, Doc. All the things that get stuck.’

Truth & Beauty | ‘Open Systems Wall Display: Visualising network security situations in real time’

New York Times | ‘The Cold Hard Math of How Trump Can Win, and How Rubio Can Stop Him’

Vox | ‘The NFL’s virtual first-down line, explained’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Race To The Oscars’

krisztinaszucs | ‘Find out how best picture nomination affects the profit (1982-2015)’

Vox | ‘Today’s teens _ _ _ _ _ less than you did’

SCMP | ‘What color is Oscar?’

Al Jazeera | ‘Where would 10.8 million displaced Syrians fit?’

New York Times | ‘Supreme Court Nominees Considered in Election Years Are Usually Confirmed’

FT | ‘The FT’s one-stop overview of key economic data, including GDP, inflation, unemployment, the major business surveys, the public finances and house prices’

Interactive Things | ‘Galaxy of Covers’

Massvis | ‘MASSVIS consists of over 5000 static visualizations of which over 2000 contain visualization type information, and hundreds of these visualizations have extensive annotations, memorability scores, eye-movements, and labels’

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

HBR | ‘How to Make Extreme Numbers Resonate’

SA Visual | ‘Data Visualization Advice for Scientists’

Our Origins | Nice interview with Allison McCann, Visual Journalist at FiveThirtyEight

Junk Charts | ‘Showing three dimensions using a ternary plot’

Signal vs. Noise | ‘Data scientists mostly just do arithmetic and that’s a good thing’

PolicyViz | ‘Disclosure Rules for the Data Visualization Community’

Medium | ‘How that map you saw on FiveThirtyEight silences minorities, and other reasons to consider a cartogram.’

Virostatiq | Description of the project that won the ‘Malofiej24 Award 2016 for Best Map in printed media’

Evergreen Data | ‘Scratch-Off Graphs’ – really nice idea!

Medium | ‘Some things I learned about data-driven storytelling in Schloss Dagstuhl’

Hi.Stamen | ‘Visualizing the Past, Building Tools for the Future: Designing an Interactive Atlas of American History’

Medium | ‘What Makes Software Good?’

Learning & Development

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

Slack | The ‘Stories With Data’ slack community

Udacity | Free course: ‘Data Visualization and D3.js: Communicating with Data’

Data Basic | ‘DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data.’

Ann K. Emery | ‘Will you present the data as-is, or tell a story?’

Tableau | ‘How to Use Custom Shapes as Filters on Your Dashboard’

Medium | ‘Introducing Vega-Lite’

By Data Be Driven | ‘Measuring Daily Word Count To Write A Novel’

PAldous | ‘Network analysis with Gephi’

Twitter | ‘Rules for visual storytelling (2016 edition), by @archietse at #malofiej24’

Lena Groeger | Lena’s typically great presentation slides from her talk at Malofiej 24 – ‘Seeing the Error of Your Ways’

Ted | ‘Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story’

Aviz | ‘What are graph comics?’

Subject News

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

ABC Interactives | New Site (to me): ‘Updates from the ABC News Interactive Digital Storytelling team.’

Amazon | New Book: ‘Data at Work: Best practices for creating effective charts and information graphics in Microsoft Excel (Voices That Matter)’ by Jorge Camoes

Flowing Data | ‘The Daily Mail Stole My Visualization, Twice’. Vile cretins.

Malofiej | The full list of award winners at the prestigious 24th Malofiej event

Randal Olson | ‘Revisiting the vaccine visualizations’

Medium | ‘Searching for examples Announcing blockbuilder.org’

Amazon | New Book ‘Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends’, by Martin Lindstrom

The Graphical Web | Announcing the 2016 event taking place 1st to 4th November 2016 at the Met Office in Exeter (UK)

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

Fonts in Use | ‘An independent archive of typography.’

Slate | ‘NASA Releases Gorgeous Retrofuturistic Space Travel Posters’

Bentley University | ‘2016: Year of the ‘Hybrid Job”

PBS | ‘Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps’

One Perfect Shot | ‘The last thing you see: The impact of films’ final frames

Business Insider | ’20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions’

Fortune | ‘Days of Counting Pageviews and Unique Visitors Are Over’

Vox | ‘It’s not you. Bad doors are everywhere.’

Viki | ‘Wikipedia, better than ever—on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Discover the world and enjoy beautiful typography with this sleek app.’

Microinteractions | ‘The origins of famous microinteractions’

Twitter | ‘data viz on data viz. yep I’m watching you’

lexiconjure | ‘Dictionary of Invented Words & Definitions’

Twitter | ‘Just your average friday in the vizzuality office’

All the ‘Six questions with…’

In order to sprinkle some star dust into the contents of my book I’ve been doing a few interviews with various professionals from data visualisation and related fields. These people span the spectrum of industries, backgrounds, roles and perspectives. I gave each interviewee a selection of questions from which to choose six to respond. The title of the series is therefore ‘six questions with…’. For convenience, here is the full collection of the interview posts so far, which will be completed in time for the release of my book at the end of May.


#1: Kennedy Elliot

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#2: John Nelson

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#3: Isabel Meirelles

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#4: Gregor Aisch

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#5: Amanda Hobbs

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#6: John Burn-Murdoch

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#7: Alyson Hurt

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#8: Nigel Holmes

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#9: Katie Peek

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#10: Jan Willem Tulp

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#11: Giorgia Lupi

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#12: Paolo Ciuccarelli

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#13: Jane Pong

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#14: Lena Groeger

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#15: Jen Christiansen

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#16: Alan Smith

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#17: Stephanie Evergreen

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#18: Kate McLean

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#19: Thomas Clever

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#20: Kim Rees

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#21: Scott Murray

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#22: Sarah Slobin

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#23: Simon Scarr

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#24: Stefanie Posavec

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#25: Valentina D’Efilippo

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#26: Santiago Ortiz

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All the ‘little of visualisation of design’

This is a collection of the entire, growing series of posts about the ‘little of visualisation design’, respecting the small decisions that make a big difference towards the good and bad of this discipline. In each post I’m going to focus on just one small matter – a singular good or bad design choice – as demonstrated by a sample project. Each project may have many effective and ineffective aspects, but I’m just commenting on one.


Part 1: Duplicate labelling

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Part 2: Axis-scaling

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Part 3: Integrating graphics into text

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Part 4: Data doubts

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Part 5: Axis line fading

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Part 6: Imposed colours

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Part 7: Connecting data points

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Part 8: Chart orientation

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Part 9: Juxtaposing photo-imagery

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Part 10: Enhanced annotations

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Part 11: Divergent colour shades

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Part 12: Visual guides

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Part 13: Orientation assistance

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Part 14: Better colour keys

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Part 15: Colour key titles

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Part 16: Exceptional composition

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Part 17: Spatial referencing

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Part 18: Label alignment

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Part 19: Editorial salience

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Part 20: Eliminating mistakes

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Part 21: Central baseline

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Part 22: ‘Show Gary Johnson’

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Best of the visualisation web… January 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 January 2016.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Simon Scarr | ‘A look back at 2015’

Bloomberg | ‘Cashing in on Crossovers’

Wall Street Journal | ‘After 7 Years of Slow Growth, U.S. Now Sees More of Same’

Washington Post | ‘At ‘State U.,’ a surge of students from out of state’

Flowing Data | Nathan continues the ‘death’ trilogy with ‘Causes of Death’

Flowing Data | and then concludes it with ‘How You Will Die’

Polygraph | ‘Crowdsourcing the Definition of “Punk”‘

FT | ‘Djokovic’s 2015 was the greatest ever men’s tennis season’

Dueling Data | ‘An analysis of The Beatles’

Interactive Things | Love this ‘Interactive Things brand guidelines’

Citylab | ‘A Map of Global Nuclear Weapons Brings ‘WarGames’ into the 21st Century’

Density Design | ‘Migration backstage’

roadtolarissa | ‘Minute by Minute Point Differentials of 2015 NBA Games’

Martin Grandjean | ‘Network visualization: mapping Shakespeare’s tragedies’

Jill Hubley | ‘New York City: Greenhouse Gas Emissions’

NYPL | Explore over 187K digital items released in to the public domain by the New York Public Library

Washington Post | ‘State of the Union:
Obama’s greatest hits’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Our 47 Weirdest Charts From 2015’

Visual Loop | Some beautiful Star Wars infographics from Alfredo Peralta

TheUpshot | ‘The 202 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List’

ProPublica | ‘The 2015 ProPublica Year in Visual Storytelling’

NYT | ‘The David Bowie Song That Fans Are Listening to Most: ‘Heroes’’

Brilliant Maps | ‘How Much of Humanity is on Your Side of World?’

Project Ukko | ‘Seasonal wind predictions for the energy sector’

Well-Formed Data | ‘Little boxes’ – “Would the field of data vis benefit from a clear line between art and design?”

QZ | ‘Why infectious bacteria are winning’

Ben Schmidt | ‘The State of the Union in Context’

Washington Post | ‘The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games’

Visual Loop | ‘The Trace of the Moon’

Polygraph | ‘Hollywood’s gender divide and its effect on films’

ThermalPlot | ‘Visualizing Multi-Attribute Time-Series Data Using a Thermal Metaphor’

Truth and Beautry | ‘-ach, -ingen, -zell: A visual exploration of the spatial patterns in the endings of German town and village names.’

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 | ‘2016: A Watershed Year for Data Visualization’

MIT | ’50 years of Data Science’ an essay by Stanford statistics professor David Donoho from 2015

Medium | …and here are some comments about it

Medium | ‘Beautiful Reasons: Engaging Aesthetics for Data Narratives’

HBR | ‘Is That Chart Saying What You Think It’s Saying?’

CGWTF | Some interesting thoughts about some of the pitfalls experienced in research collaborations

FT | ‘Crafting charts that can withstand the data deluge’

Gravy Anecdote | ‘Dataviz criticism: know the author’s intentions first’

Data, etc. | ‘Felton Annual Report — A Eulogy’

Computer Weekly | ‘English Rugby Football League uses data analytics to boost performance’

Storytelling with Data | ‘Is there a single right answer?’

Ted | ‘How to use data to make a hit TV show’

Jonathan Gray | Talk: “Ways of Seeing Data: Towards a Critical Literacy for Data Visualisations as Research Objects and Devices”, University of Amsterdam, 14th January 2016

Chartbeat | ‘The Data behind the Most-Read Article of 2015’

Info We Trust | ‘Turning Data into Cash: How to create meaningful businesses with information’

MIT Center for Civic Media | ‘What would feminist data visualization look like?’

Medium | ‘Whose Grid Map is better? Quality Metrics for Grid Map Layouts’

FastCo Design | ‘Why Desktop UX Still Has Something To Teach Mobile’

Learning & Development

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

Cartonerd | ‘Not a very (oil) slick map’ good critical analysis of a choropleth map

YouTube | Daniel Shiffman’s excellent youtube channels of video tutorials for learning code

Infragistics | ‘Demystifying Box-and-whisker Plots — Part 2’ (link in article to Part 1)

Medium | ‘Experimentation with globes in Blender 3D’

Ghostweather Blog | ‘Teaching a Semester of D3.js’

Jagoda | Interesting site about ‘Interactive visual thinking research’

Storybench | ‘How a boutique data design company visualized global scientific collaboration for nature magazine’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Interaction tracking for your interactives’

Medium | ‘Hypothetical Outcome Plots: Experiencing the Uncertain’

The Learning Network (NYT) | ‘Lesson Plan – Analyzing Maps to Better Understand Global Current Events and History’

EagerEyes | Paper: ‘Presentation-b Visualization Techniques’

The Functional Art | ‘Research on persuasive visualization and risk communication’

Maarten Lambrechts | Video: ‘How Belgium is heating up, a making of’

Perceptual Edge | ‘Information Visualization Research Projects that Would Benefit Practitioners’

CartoDB | ‘Visualize 2015 Urban Populations with Proportional Symbols’

Subject News

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

NYT Co | ‘Amanda Cox Named Editor, The Upshot’

Data Basic | ‘DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data’

SITE | New Conference: Information+ – ‘Interdisciplinary practices in information design and visualization’ taking place in Vancouver June 16–18, 2016

VizWiz | Andys Kriebel and Cotgreave launch the ‘Makeover Monday Challenge’

ProPublica | ‘ProPublica Summer Data Institute’

Vis&More | New blog from Tamara Munzner!

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

One Perfect Shot | A video essay about the art of composition in filmic storytelling

BuzzFeed | ’13 Charts That Will Make Total Sense To People With Impostor Syndrome’

Blendoku | ‘The original color puzzle game!’

Slate | ‘Every David Bowie Hairstyle From 1964 to 2014, in One GIF’

Dolly Chops | (linked to the above) Some really amazing illustrations and gif animations by Helen Green

Creative Review | ‘Graphic Designers Surveyed – the findings’

Glittering Blue | ‘This is one day’s observations from Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, animated in a loop’

BuzzFeed | ‘How BuzzFeed News Used Betting Data To Investigate Match-Fixing In Tennis’

This is Colossal | ‘Istanbul Inception: Warped Turkish Cityscapes by Aydin Büyüktas’

Go Into The Story | ‘Over 100 Free, Legal Movie Script PDF Downloads’

Thenmap | ‘Thenmap is a repository for historical borders.’

Catch | ‘What happens when men design tech for women? These 5 utterly daft devices’

Weird News in Local Newspapers | ‘David Bowie: Desperate local angle news reporting’

Weekly Times | ‘Vintage cultivation pattern used to save topsoil after bushfire’

Best of the visualisation web… December 2015

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 2015.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Pata | ‘The Racial map of Brasil’

Roads to Rome | ‘There is a saying that all roads lead to Rome. We set out on 3.375.746 journeys to check if that was really true.’

Tulp Interactive | ‘Snowflake: A unique snowflake that is generated based on text. Text can be customized and the snowflake can be shared as seasonal greeting with friends and family.’

Stamen | ‘Connecting environmental stories worldwide’

The Guardian | ‘”A tortured heap of towers”: the London skyline of tomorrow’

City Lab | ‘A Historical Atlas of America, Built for the 21st Century’

Maarten Lambrechts | Rather than take up hundreds of lines of 2015 reviews, let me save your time and mine by just pointing to Maarten Lambrecht’s excellent ‘List of visualisation lists’ collecting all the best collections and compilations of visualsiation work in 2015

ABC News | As you might imagine, quite a few Star Wars related stuff… first up, ‘Star Wars: every scene from I-VI charted’

Bloomberg | ‘Star Wars: The Force Accounted’

The Guardian | ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens – your interactive cheat sheet’

Tableau Public | ‘Star Words: Every line spoken by the Rebels and the Empire from the Star Wars original trilogy’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Drake Effect Is Real, But The Nicki Effect Is Bigger’

FT | ‘The fastest and longest goalscoring streaks in world football’

Washington Post | ‘The math of mass shootings’

The Oregonian | ‘Gun sellers in the United States’

TheUpshot | Super randomised headings…’Gun homicides in [COUNTRY] are about as common as deaths from [DEATH] in the United States.’

The Guardian | ‘How well do you really know your country? Take our quiz’

Open Prescribing | ‘Explore England’s prescribing data’

The Royal Institution | ‘A Place Called Space: 24 unique looks at the human experience and cultural significance of space travel, through videos, articles, infographics and interactives.’

Goldilocks | ‘This is a view of the sky, showing all the known exoplanets (1,942 confirmed exoplanet discoveries d.d. October 9, 2015) and their host stars’

Wall Street Journal | ‘How Fed Rates Move Markets’

Flowing Data | ‘A Day in the Life of Americans’

National Review | Hmmm. ‘The only #climatechange chart you need to see’

QZ | ‘The most misleading charts of 2015, fixed’

Dear Data | ‘Week 52: A week of goodbyes’

New York Times | ‘Gun Sales Soar After Obama: Calls for New Restrictions’

New York Times | ‘What Happens When the Fed Raises Rates, In One Rube Goldberg Machine’

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

QZ | ‘Where there are more women than men working in the US’

Washington Post | ‘Why people used to look so serious in photos but now have big smiles’

Morgenpost | ‘Wings of Desire – every day: We show when the sun was shining and how nice it compared to Hamburg was really like’

New York Times | ‘From the Graphics Archive: Mapping Katrina and Its Aftermath’

Polygraph | ‘This Is What Hip Hop’s Billboard Top 10 Sounded Like, Back In 1995’

Morgenpost | Live measurements of dust pollution during 2016 across sites in Germeny (I think…) ‘Alle Berliner Messstationen unter EU-Jahresgrenzwert’

New York Times | ‘Mapping Saturn’s Moons’

Gravy Anecdote | ‘Music listening trends: 2015. The death of the album?’

New York Times | ‘The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing’

Untangling Tennis | ‘A visual and data analytic exploration of success in tennis: Uncovering the relationship between performance and popularity.’

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

Poynter | ‘6 lessons academic research tells us about making data visualizations’

Webkid | ‘How interactive news and data journalism responded to the major events of 2015’

PolicyViz | Another super deep review by Jon ‘Looking Back to 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016’

Eager Eyes | ‘Memorability, Science, and The Value of Thinking Outside the Box’

Medium | ‘Next Steps for Data Visualization Research’

The Guardian | ‘Pixar co-founder warns virtual-reality moviemakers: ‘It’s not storytelling”

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The 2015 Data Awards: A very special ceremony, honoring the year’s most interesting people and stories from the world of data.’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘The Line between Data Vis and Data Art’

Chartbeat | ‘The Most Engaging Stories of 2015 | Year in [Read] View’

Gizmodo | ‘Virtual Reality Lets You Live the News Instead of Reading It’

Perceptual Edge | ‘What Qualifies as Engagement?’

Medium | ‘Floor Charts on the Floor Screen’

Eater | ‘Why Is It So Hard to Make Great Food Infographics?’

Learning & Development

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

Ann K Emery | ‘When pie charts are ok (seriously)’

Chad Skelton | ‘In defence of data visualization rules’

Policy Viz | ‘Episode #27: Dear Data Wrap-Up’

interhacktives | ‘Lunch with the IHT: John Burn-Murdoch’

Graphitti | ‘Today I learned how to make gifs!’

Medium | ‘Introducing d3-scale: I’d like D3 to become the standard library of data visualization: not just a tool you use directly to visualize data by writing code, but also a suite of tools that underpin more powerful software.’

Github | ‘The Quartz guide to bad data’

Scientific American | ‘The Evolution of a Scientific American Infographic: Secret Life in Household Dust’

Data Remixed | ‘When Memorability Matters: Another Practitioner’s View’

Rstudio | ‘Data Visualization with ggplot2: Cheat Sheet’

The BMJ | ‘Will Stahl-Timmins: Almost impossible cancer spaghetti’

Subject News

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

Information is Beautiful Awards | A full list of the winners from the 2015 awards night

RStudio | Announcing the release of ggplot2 2.0.0

Poly.ly | ‘Plotly.js Open-Source Announcement’

Yahoo | ‘Review: These Glasses for Colorblindness Really Work’

Squaire.js | ‘Square bin map library from The Wall Street Journal’

Tekja | ‘Tekja is a young and dynamic data visualisation company based in Fish Island Labs, London’ check out some nice portfolio pieces

Sundries

Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing

New York Times | ‘Dear Architects: Sound Matters’

LinkedIn | ‘How Bad Design Wrecked Steve Harvey’s “Universe”.’

New Yorker | ‘Our favourite cartoons of 2015’

FastoCo Design | ‘Pantone’s “Gender-Blurring” Colors Of The Year Are… Pink And Blue!?’

Star Wars Street View | Last bit of Star Wars stuff…’Star Wars Street View’

Gates Notes | ‘The Top 6 Good-News Stories of 2015’

FastCo Create | ‘This Lego Color Chart Contains Every Color Lego That Exists’