Best of the visualisation web… July 2013
At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come across during the previous month. Here’s the latest collection from July 2013.
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
The Guardian | A visual history of the great rivalry between England and Australian cricket
NYC Henge | Map showing the locations on Manhattan to view the unique natural phenomena of the so called ‘Manhatten Henge’
BBC | ‘Where can I afford to live?’ interactive project
Flickr | Project to draw vector river maps across the US
GED VIZ | Visualisation to show the flow of trade, migration and bank claims across up to 46 major economies
Visual Loop | Inside view: The 12 Brazilian stadiums infographic series
WNYC | Transit Time NYC: Pick a start point and see subway travel times to everywhere else in NYC
Zeit | Long form multimedia article with visualisations about the 100 years of the Tour de France
New York Times | A Nation of Wineries
UX Blog | ‘A Breathing Earth’
SCMP Graphics | Nice infographic about aviation accidents
Half Tone | A project to visualisation global land temperatures
Business Insider | ‘This Cool Visualisation Shows The Growth Of Midtown Manhattan Over 165 Years’
Lab Rat Revenge | Detailed visualisation of the age of buildings Portland, Oregon
bklynr | Block by Block, Brooklyn’s Past and Present
New York Times | ‘Finding the quiet city: Even in noisy New York, pockets of peace exist’ – here’s where they are (or were before this ruined everything!)
Aviz | ‘This page groups the effort of the AVIZ team in better understanding and communicating sport data, and since we are European, we work with soccer’
wnstnsmth | Global oil production and consumption since 1965
Issuu | 100 days in data visualisations Luc van Kan: ‘A hunt for the borders between the informative and artistic in data visualisation’
Statlas | ‘Baseball’s best pitchers light up New York City’
SCMP | Adolfo Arranz’s infographic about the invasion of green algae in the seawaters off eastern Shandong, China.
New York Times | ‘Riding the New Silk Road’ – interactive story/map shows the story of the network of routes called the ‘Silk Road’ that connected Europe and Asia
GI Centre | ‘Chaos and structure’: Data from over 20 million journeys made with the London Cycle Hire Scheme are used to feed an animation of our bicycle movements across London.
Boston Globe | Geographic advantages in Boston mayoral race
imgur | Bechdel test charts
NZZ | Great series of daily maps produced by Interactive Things for NZZ (July > August)
Social Media Examiner | This is every shade, every kind and every pixel of wrong. Enjoy.
Creators Project | Baseball Stats Are Converted Into An Interactive iPad Sculpture
Kickdex | Visualising the perfect ‘assist’ in football
Tulp Interactive | Visualising the creative industry in Amsterdam
New York Times | In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters
The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse and interviews
Eager Eyes | How The Rainbow Color Map Misleads
Atlantic Cities | ‘The Visual Signature of Your City’ featuring Lev Manovich’s Photo Trails
Periscopic | An entirely legitimate critique of a flawed Harvard Business Review article
Business Week | Can You Measure Design’s Value?
The Guardian | How algorithms rule the world
YouTube | …and here’s the related video: ‘How algorithms shape our world’ by Kevin Slavin
Computer World | Tech hotshots: The rise of the dataviz expert
Eager Eyes | Conference report: Tapestry 2013
Data Remixed | ‘Remixing it up in New York’, presentation from Ben Jones about the data discovery process in Tableau
The Why Axis | ‘The Ups and Downs of Gravity from Disqus’
Gestalten | ‘Felton shares his wisdom on data visualization, articulates the history and catalyst effect of his “Feltron” reports, and of course, reveals the appeal of working at Facebook’
If We Assume | Data or art?
Tow Center | Great article from Nick Diakopoulos about the ‘rhetoric of data’
ProPublica | Explore Sources: A New Feature to “Show Our Work”
Smashing Magazine | All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Common Misconception About Designing With Data
Stories Through Data | How do we judge the resonance of data visualisations?
Visual Loop | Diagrama: the great Brazilian infographic experiment
The Independent | Heroes of Zeroes: Nate Silver, his rivals and the big electoral data revolution
Visually | The Federal Budget, Visualized: Death and Taxes 2014
Fast Company | Eric Schmidt: Do What Computers Aren’t Good At
BBC Academy | Data journalism: the important difference between transparency and clarity
Flowing Data | Datalandia, the fictional town saved by data
Conradiator | ‘New kinds of literacy, and the world of visual information’
Data Remixed | Holy Mackerel, Uncertainty Matters!
Quartz | Most data isn’t “big,” and businesses are wasting money pretending it is
Charts’n'things | Winning: describing an uplifting encounter with a reader of a graphic
Cooper | Designer’s Toolkit: Road Testing Prototype Tools
Learning & Development
These links cover presentations, tutorials, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.
Giorgia Lupi | Process narrative for the Accurat, Visually and Ben Willers project visualising the ‘startup universe’
BizWeekGraphics | The tortuous road to a McDonald’s infographic
Vimeo | Updated collection of videos from Eyeo festival 2013
Velir Blog | Excellent demonstration of visualising data uncertainty with D3
Ghostweather | Slides from Lynn’s talk at OpenvisConf: ‘Analysis of Fiction’
Visually | Collection of web-based colour tools
Poynter | How to visually explore local politics with network graphs
MapBox | Mapping millions of dots
Nature | Data visualization: A view of every Points of View column (Lynn Cherny has compiled the collection here: http://t.co/Kg8P7RL3uI, free until end of August)
Source | Drawing conclusions from data: what doesn’t a Twitter map show?
Udacity | New Course: The Design of Everyday Things
Worrydream | References to accompany the talk “The Future of Programming”
The Functional Art | Designing infographics with Adobe Illustrator
Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
SCMP Graphics | New site collating all the South China Morning Post graphics work in one place
MapBox | Coming soon, ‘Real Time Imagery via MapBox Satellite Live’
Tableau | Tableau online heads to the cloud
Munsell Color | Newly discovered site: ‘Munsell color’, providing fantastic colour resources
Random and miscellaneous
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
@SciencePorn | ‘There are more people living in the circle than outside of it.’
BBC | Video: How do you work out the size of a crowd?
CR Blog | The Sound of London
StoryMaker | ‘StoryMaker is an open source app that enables existing and aspiring journalists all over the world to produce and publish professional-grade news with their Android phone’
UX Blog | Great article by John Nelson about Tilt-shift photography
Tilt-shift Maker | …and here’s a tilt-shift maker
Slate | ‘Save the movie!’ – The 2005 screenwriting book that’s taken over Hollywood—and made every movie feel the same.
The Onion | Print dead at 1,803
YouTube | ‘Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food’ – May not be great to watch in work Especially if eating lunch. Especially if you’re eating any combination of frankfurters, bananas or Nutella.
imgur | Analysis of the significance of colour usage in movie posters
artFido | Photographic Series Showing What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods
Issuu | Sketches of science: photo sessions with Nobel Laureates
I Write Like | ‘Check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.’
FastCo Design | Watch: A Music Video That’s Also A Wry Critique Of Infographics