Best of the visualisation web… December 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 December 2013.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Tableau | [Warning, the first of many 'years in review' posts. if you hate those type of things, in which case, why are you on here?] Tableau Public’s 2013 year in review, curated by Ben Jones

Washington Post | ’2013: The year in graphics’

New York Times | ’2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling’

The Telegraph | ‘A galaxy? A supernova? No, it’s NASA’s website’

BBC News | ’2013: A year in graphics’

Brain Pickings | ‘Britain vs. America in Minimalist Vintage Infographics’

Flowing Data | ‘Data and visualization year in review, 2013′

Post Graphics | Striking visualisation that maximises the personalisation of the data – the 91 children killed in the US during 2012

EyeSeeData | Animated and interactive visualisation of the history of the FIFA World Cup

Brain Pickings | ‘Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized’

bdon | We saw sever similar projects during 2013, now here’s one for the building ages of NYC and its five boroughs

Creative-co | Interactive Harry Potter novel search tool for locating keywords of phrases and their mention

Bloomberg | Interactive story exporing ‘how we spend’

Pew Research | Chart of the Week: Coffee and tea around the world

Simon Rogers | ‘Goodbye #NelsonMandela: visualising the response’

Visualizing.org | ‘How the money flows in the 50 most expensive football transfers’

New York Times | The most visited page on the New York Times during 2013. Create your own dialect map – ‘How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk’

IEA | A huge project to create interactive Sankey diagrams for (seemingly) ever world nation showing their energy consumption by type, sector and usage.

Grahaphics | Motion graphic looking at ‘Income inequality in NYC’

Knight Foundation | ‘What does the civic tech landscape look like?’

Vimeo | ‘Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3′

Fathom | Launching the updated ‘Millennium Development Goals project’

MoMA | Interactive network tool to explore the connections between exhibitors included in the ‘Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925′ season at MoMA

WSJ | ‘Hollowing out a City: Detroit has watched its population contract over decades as residents have fled for the suburbs’

Fathom | Breaking down the six Rocky films, Rocky Morphology ‘analyzes the Rocky series in order to identify its key narrative elements.’

NYC Henge | Showing the best location around NYC to experience the ‘Manhattanhenge’ this visualisation ‘helps you explore and learn about the phenomenon and maybe see the NYC street grids in a whole new light’.

Rosny | (It is in French so I’m going to have to guess) Similar approach to Moritz Stefaner’s Stadtbilder project, this project maps the prevalence of different ‘lifestyle’ options around Rosny-sous-Bois (shops, bars, restaurants etc.)

FastCo Create | ‘See the 25 most beautiful data visualisations of 2013′

ESPN | ‘SPI World Cup group stage projections’

New York Times | ‘State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown’

Twitter | (Image of the above graphic in the print version)

Visual Loop | ‘Our 100 favorite interactive visualizations of the year’

Reuters | ‘Shark attacks since 1990′ (published on Twitter)

FastCo Design | ‘The 21 Best Infographics Of 2013′

Huffington Post | Book visualisations: Short animation to explain difficult ideas from the book ‘The Attacking Ocean’

Scientific American | Interactive visualisation: ‘The flavour connection’

Post Graphics | Infographic: ‘The most contested real estate on Earth?’

FlowingData | ‘The most unisex names in US history’

Visual.ly | ‘The Top 20 Interactive Visualizations of 2013′

Shoothill | ‘This gigantic image shows all the digits of the world’s largest known prime number.’

AnimatedData | ‘UK Temperature History: Explore the temperature in the United Kingdom since 1910′

USA Today | Longform digital story of ‘Behind the Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America’s Mass Killings’

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

Thomas Levine | Super in depth materials to support/accompany Thomas’ talk at NYC Open Data

Sheila Pontis | Sheila was on fire in December! This piece describes ’38 Steps for Effective Information Design’

MapLab | ’6 Reasons to Get Over Your Fear of Coding and Start Making Better Maps’

Eager Eyes | ‘A Lack of Communication and Visibility’ – Robert makes a please for new and improved visualisation web-resources to track the field (good comments/discussion too)

BBC Academy | ‘Data journalism: What’s new, what’s not, and work in progress’

BBC News | ‘Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East’

Inspire | Nice video interview with Kim Rees and Dino Citraro of Periscopic

Null School | Enchanting visualisation of the flow of wind across the Earth

Visual.ly | ‘How Do Our Brains Process Infographics? MIT “Mongrel” Shows Peripheral Vision at Work’

Yolandama | ‘Infographics booming in China’

O’Reilly Data | ‘Interactive Visualization of Big Data’ by Jeff Heer

Nextness | ‘John Maeda: an artist redesigns leadership’

The Information | ‘Letter from the editor: Hello World’

Patrick Garvin | A discussion about the issue of infographics and memorability

Twitter | Beginning a flurry of related articles discussing the use of axis scaling in a Reuters graphic

The Functional Art | Here’s Alberto’s take (and links to others still)

Voilà | Here’s Francis Gagnon’s take

Junk Charts | Here’s Kaiser Fung’s take

Eager Eyes | And finally, for now, Robert picks up the baton

Sheila Pontis | ‘Sensemaking Activities in Information Design’

Twitter | ‘Interesting piece on why #charts in The Economist are the way they are’

Substratum | New issues in the series of inspirational interviews

Skillshare | ‘Meet Graham Roberts, a Graphics/Multimedia Editor at The New York Times who teaches an Animated Information Graphics class.’

Peachpit | ‘The Many-Faced Infographic: Brooklyn, Elephants, and the Visualization of Data’

Medium | ‘The Tufte totem in information designland: Edward Rolf Tufte preceeded the digital age’

O’Reilly Radar | ‘Tweets loud and quiet: Twitter’s long, long, long tail suggests the service is less democratic than it seems.’

Guardian | ‘Unreliable statistics of 2013′

Perceptual Edge | Stephen rallies at the ‘Scourge of Unnecessary Complexity’

Sheila Pontis | Final entry for Sheila, ‘Visualisations & the Process of Abstraction’

Learning & Development

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

Booz Allen | ‘The Field Guide to Data Science’

Drawing With Numbers | ‘Creating data, multi-step recurrence relations, fractals and 3D imaging… without leaving Tableau’

Bloomberg | Another reminder of the excellent data sources available on Bloomberg’s visual data site

Stanford | Paper: ‘Interpretation and Trust: Designing Model-Driven Visualizations for Text Analysis’

Patrick Garvin | Project design narrative: ‘How BostonGlobe.com’s gay marriage interactive graphic came to be’

Data Remixed | Ben takes on my observations about my love for slope graphs with a demo (and tutorial) for doing the same in Tableau

The Why Axis | ‘DataViva, Built in Brazil, Available to All’

Wiley | Companion site to the book ‘Visual Data Mining: Techniques and Tools for Data Visualization and Mining’ listing some of the digital resources mentioned, including ‘Data Visualization and Data Mining Success Stories’

Subject News

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

Guardian | Important market report about the growth in take up of tablets vs. PC’s – these are the platforms on which we will be consuming more of our visualisation work

British Library | ‘Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight’ – profiling the events taking place in under the libraries’ special season (including some almost sold out data visualisation workshops offered by yours truly)

Information Architects | Outlining the functions of Writer Pro

Future Everything | This year’s conference taking place in Manchester on 31st March and 1st April, tickets now on sale

Data Stories | Newly discovered site, ‘Data Stories… on India, one chart at a time’, does what it says on the tin!

Data Portraits | Connected to the NASA website story above… Data Portraits offers ‘bespoke art visualising your web presence’

Knight Lab | ‘Introducing the StoryMapJS Beta, now with an authoring tool’

Fathom | ‘The Weather’ – A post from (former) intern Tim Ripper who shares his experiences with one of the projects he worked on at Fathom.

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

Visual News | ‘How To Escalator: A Smart Traffic Control Proposition for the Busy London Underground’ – but good counterpoint made on Twitter about yellow markings also used for where not to stand…

YouTube | Sid the Science Kid – “I love charts” (PBS Kids)

Anitype | ‘Anitype invites you to animate letters with JavaScript, so we can begin to see what an animated typeface might look like on the web.’

GifPop | Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang’s new venture, building on their passion for all things gif! – ‘Gifpop is a tool to make custom cards from animated gifs, using the magic of lenticular printing.’

FastCo Create | ‘Domino’s responds to British Airways “look up” billboard with its own cheeky version’

Digital Synopsis | ‘How Virgin America Got 6 Million People To Watch A Flight Safety Video Without Stepping On A Plane’

Printalloverme | ‘Choose your object, upload your print, buy and sell your product’

Twitter | ‘One of the oldest known photographs of a man smiling’ – no good visualisation-related reason, just liked it! (and it looks like Roger Moore)

NASA | ‘Urban growth, Philippines’

Business Insider | ‘The British Library Is Putting Millions Of Amazing Images On Flickr That Probably Would Have Been Lost In Time’

FastCo Design | ‘Trippy Clocks That Challenge Your Perception Of Time’

10 significant visualisation developments: July to December 2013

To mark the milestone of each mid-year and end of year 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.

At the end of July I published a collection for the initial 6 months of 2013 and now I’d like to mark the closing of 2013 with my latest perspective. 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. HelpMeViz

HelpMeViz

HelpMeViz is a really great idea from Jon Schwabish, motivated by the lack of a suitable platform outside of Twitter to offer the community a means of satisfactorily commenting and providing in-depth critique on data visualisation projects. The site is open to anyone who is seeking feedback on their visualisation designs to submit their work and commence a conversation. It is designed to be very inclusive and especially constructive, welcoming to all levels of designer and for any type of visualisation work. Over time, I would anticipate there will be plenty of functional enhancements incorporated in to the site but, for now, I urge anybody seeking advice/evaluation for their work to give it a go. Likewise, any folks in the field who are able to offer such advice, please do contribute.

2. Earth Wind Map

EarthWind

So new on the scene is this project that the D3 paint over Africa is not even dry. This is the beautiful Earth Wind Map, created by Cameron Beccario, and inspired by the hint.fm Wind Map project of 2012 (great to see the attribution). It is entrancing to the point of hypnotic.

3. News-Graphics Job Changes

Door

This rather stretched revolving-door metaphor is intended to visually summarise the flurry of changes amongst newspaper graphics editors and interactive designers witnessed over the past few months (and 2013 in general). We have seen numerous arrivals, departures, promotions and movements between some of the top newspapers, particularly in the US, as the graphics teams shuffle their packs. Names such as Gregor Aisch, Kennedy Elliott, Jennifer Daniel, Alan McLean, Wilson Andrews, Javier Zarracina, Alvin Chang, Derek Watkins, Simon Rogers, Alastair Dant, John Burn-Murdoch, Simon Scarr and Richard Johnson are just some of those I can recall moving roles during this period.

4. Subtleties of Colour

Colour

A really excellent 6.5-part series of in-depth articles about the use of colour to display data from the pen (or keyboard tapping fingers) of NASA’s Rob Simmon. It is a brilliantly comprehensive, well-structured and – importantly – accessible discussion on the fine balance between right and wrong in this critical aspect of visualisation design.

5. Age of Buildings

Age

One of the most prevalent project topics over this last period has involved the creation of absorbing, interactive displays to explore the patterns of the ages of a city. These projects use different portrayal methods (colour, shade, 3D spikes) to capture the tapestry of the age of the buildings across various cities. A selection of the most prominent projects I have seen were for Portland (OR), Chicago, Brooklyn and Amsterdam.

6. WTFViz

WTF

What the Flip…? WTFViz does what it says on its Tumblr-shaped tin: a celebration of visualisations that cause severe head scratching and confused wonderment. It is the trash compactor of the visualisation field. Rather than Han Solo and gang wading amongst the detritus we can thank Drew Skau for rolling up his jeans and getting in amongst the stink. For a more positive celebration collection check out the prettier counterpart site ThumbsUpViz and the more noble collection of trash that is Accidental aRt.

7. Living United States Presidents

USPresidents

A very personal choice for this entry but I just really liked the insights from and the execution of this project that explores the concurrency of living presidents past and present. We are seeing more and more floating bar/Gantt chart works, for which I raise both thumbs, and this approach works so well for this project. The interactivity is superbly judged too, just utilising the hover event across the line chart’s timeline. The final result is a great demonstration of the discipline in reduction and simplicity, without treading into the murky waters of minimalism.

8. Mars Curiosity Rover

Mars

This project from Jonathan Corum and Jeremy White of the New York Times tracks the Mars Curiosity Rover on its daily journey exploring Mars. It provides a route map of its day-by-day position and distances travelled, an annotated timeline of each day’s adventures as well as presenting key images collected by NASA. Regardless of whether you are a space science enthusiast this is just such a brilliantly accessible and endlessly fascinating way to tell the story of little Rover’s expedition.

9. IXT/NZZ Swiss Maps

IXT

Another mapping-related entry in this list concerns the fabulous series of work produced by Interactive Things for Swiss German-language Newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Working with the editorial team at NZZ, the 4-week project aimed to reveal new connections and developments within Switzerland through cartographic representations. Here’s the original and translated collections.

10. RAW

RAW

Hopefully evidence of more offerings like this. RAW is a tool developed by Density Design lab that undertakes a middle-man role, sitting on top of the D3.js library but providing an interface to create custom vector-based visualisations. Inevitably you lose some of the design control but that is a worthy sacrifice if it helps take away the pain – and potential obstacles for many – of hardcoding from scratch.

Special mentions…

Here are the other highlights from the latter half of 2013 that deserve a proud nod from their creators having just missed out on the prestigious main list by the width of a dart (disclaimer, darts are not used for these selections. The magic 8 ball does a good enough job):

Black Budget – Really strong project from the Washington Post to explore the US ‘Black Budget’, spanning dozen agencies that make up the National Intelligence Programme.

Sci-Fi Spaceships – Incredibly detailed, painstakingly crafted and beautifully composed illustration to create a single graphic that visually compares the size of some of the most notable starships from science fiction

Bechdel Test – Outstanding exploratory visual analysis of the Bechdel test in movies.

Finding the Quiet City – Lovely project from the New York Times to crowd-source the quiet parts of New York’s boroughs, mapping their location and descriptions, and occasionally including short audio and video excerpts.

Jobs Board – Already mentioned on my previous 6-monthly collection but Lynn Cherny’s data-vis-jobs Google Group goes from strengh-to-strength with an increasing frequency of new opportunities. Check it out and contribute!

Best of the visualisation web… November 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 November 2013.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Hatnote | ‘Listen to the sound of Wikipedia’s recent changes feed.’

Guardian US | Numerous visualisation goodies in this long-form project about the wider impact of the Snowden NSA files

Al Jazeera | ‘Where would 8.8 million displaced Syrians fit?’

Excel Charts | Nice re-working by Jorge converting a dual-axis line chart into a connected scatterplot

CitiBike | A look back on New York City’s first-ever bicycle share program

Star Tribune | Nice explanatory interactive to show how ranked-choice voting works

FastCo Design | ‘Infographic: Explore The World Of Literary London With This Exquisite Book Map’

Fan Graphs | ‘Introducing the interactive spray chart tool’

Bloomberg | A presentation examining how the US labor market has changed since 1990

Washington Post | Mixture of audio and visualisation in this work to explore the 39,000 outdoor gunshot incidents in DC area over last 8 years

Independent | ‘A live visualisation of global births and deaths in your browser’

PBL | Long form piece by/for PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency exploring the rise of CO2 emissions

Washington Post | ‘The story of the governor’s race is written in the margins’

Stamen | ‘OpenStreetMap: Every Line Ever, Every Point Ever’

FastCo Design | ‘Infographic: The History Of Audio Equipment’

Guardian | ‘Global deforestation: 10 hot spots on Google Earth’ – great data, shame about the colours

Erasmus | Interactive project exploring where students study abroad via the European Erasmus Network

If We Assume | Interesting visual analysis of 65K pieces of artwork held by the Tate

Washington Post | ‘The federal health-care exchange’s abysmal success rate’ – nice slope graph from Kennedy Elliott (I like them, you know).

Czechcrime | Interactive map visualising the record crime’s happening in the Czech Republic

Ten Chocolate Sundaes | Outstanding body of analysis exploring ‘Visualizing the Bechdel test’

Office of Jane | Interesting project from Jane Pong to visualise smoking statistics from around the world

Vizynary | ‘Restless America: state-to-state migration in 2012′

New York Times | Have I mentioned I like slope graphs?

The Black Board | Interesting data, more so than the visualisation product itself, about screenplays

Washington Post | Second project from Kennedy Elliott, ‘Children from poor families more likely to be overweight or obese’

New York Times | ‘Tracing the History of N.C.A.A. Conferences’, already blogged about it but worthy of second mention on here

Brain Pickings | Profiling latest work from Accurat, ‘The Creative Pace of the 20th Century’s Greatest Authors’

Articles

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

Telegraph | ‘ODI: data literacy will help solve world’s biggest challenges’

Sheila Pontis | ‘Understanding Disinformation Design’

Software Feathers | Interesting approach to new multi-variate data portrayal: ‘this paper presents Software Feathers, an approach for mapping characteristics of object-oriented code entities to features of artificially generated feathers.’

PJIM | Latest issue (4, Volume V) of Parsons Journal for Information Mapping

Ghostweather | Excellent article by Lynn researching advice about data visualisation consulting

Stamen | Announcing Place Pins, mapping your favourite things on Pinterest

Well-Formed Data | Great process narrative from Moritz about his latest project for Scientific American (above)

Michael Babwahsingh | ‘The Real Meaning of Information Design’

The Drum | ‘Creativity in the age of the Maths Men’ article by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP

Wired | ’5 Maps That Could Help Solve Some of the World’s Most Daunting Problems’

Stephen Wolfram | Stephen whets the appetite for what he believes will be their most important technology project yet

Nieman Journalism Lab | ‘How I faced my fears and learned to be good at math’

The Age | ‘The Melbourne Now exhibition’s 250 works employ myriad forms to chart stories and shifting ground’

New Republic | David Leonhardt Explains How the NYT Will Replace Nate Silver

Fast Company | ‘Google reveals its 9 principles of innovation’

Tableau | Great interview with Lee Mooney about his football analysis using Tableau Public

Nieman Journalism Lab | Q&A: The Guardian’s Gabriel Dance on new tools for story and cultivating interactive journalism

Scientific American | ‘Where the Wild Bees Are: Documenting a Loss of Native Bee Species between the 1800s and 2010s’

Software Studies | ‘Motion Structures by Everardo Reyes: Visualizing a moving image sequence as a 3D shape’

Learning & Development

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

Storytelling with Data | Nice makeover task by Cole for her class on the MICA MPS in Information Visualization

School of Data | Great piece titled ‘So you want to make a map…’ with the perfect first subtitle ‘Are you sure?’

Gapminder | Hans Rosling’s latest video presentation ‘Don’t Panic – showing the facts about population’

YouTube | Video from ‘Where 2012′ of Noah Iliinsky’s talk “When To *Not* Use Maps”

Processing | Most talked about development last month, Daniel Shiffman’s processing tutorials “with the goal of giving millions of students the opportunity to explore coding as a way of thinking and making”

Medium | On a related theme, ‘Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code, And what I’ve learned from teaching others’

Subject News

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

Help Me Viz | New site: Brilliant concept from Jon Schwabish – ‘This site is designed to facilitate discussion, debate, and collaboration from the data visualization community.’

Data Remixed | Announcing Tapestry 2014, February 26th in Annapolis, MD

FastCo Design | ‘The Esoteric Symbols Behind User Interfaces, Explained’

Information is Beautiful Awards | Announcing the 2013 winners

Tableau | Release of Tableau 8.1, outline of new features

Voila | New site: New visualisation design and analysis studio, founded by Francis Gagnon

EcoViz | New site: ‘Information visualisation for science and policy: a joined up approach’

Graphical Web | Visual Storytelling Conference: The Graphical Web, August 27-30 2014 in Winchester, England

Big Data & Society | New Journal: ‘Big Data & Society (BD&S) is an open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies.’

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

Paint By Numbers | Fun concept – ‘Exquisite Viz Part 1: Introducing the game, the rules and the first workbook’

Media Matters | Probably shared it before but no harm being done again. The collection of dumb and dumber charts from Fox

BBC Technology | ‘Apple buys motion sensor maker PrimeSense’

Slate | Love it: ‘Impress your friends and humiliate your children using Slate’s foolproof strategy for finding the missing man.’

FastCo Create | Interactive British Airways billboards point to planes flying over in real time

Twitter | When the visualisation field calls it as it is. Well, Jennifer Daniel does in particular.

Dubly | Breaking Bad Character Map

Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 2013.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Flowing Data | Incredible piece of work to create a single graphic comparing the size of starships from science fiction

Washington Post | How the shutdown affects departments

Enigma | Now ended, but during October this was a great, live dashboard of the facts and figures relating to the US government shutdown

YouTube | 10 seconds of extreme trading in blackberry

Rasagy | Visualizing 500 Days of Summer

Stamen | Visualisations for Jawbone as presented at TED 2013 using TED attendees’ data

Digital Attack Map | ‘Digital Attack Map is a live data visualization of DDoS attacks around the globe, built through a collaboration between Google Ideas and Arbor Networks. ‘

Flowing Data | Maritime traffic in the Baltic Sea, animated

Sport England | Interactive to look at the participation numbers around different sports

Health Plan | Explore your neighborhood health profile (in LA)

New York Times | ‘The Cancer Divide: Uganda Fights Stigma and Poverty to Take On Breast Cancer’

New York Times | ‘Where Poor and Uninsured Americans Live’

BBC News | Women gain as gender gap ‘narrows’

QlikView | Nice demonstration of data StoryTelling feature in QlikView11, using the data visualisation census data

New York Times | A Short History of the High Rise

Guardian | ‘The UK tops the 2013 open data index but how do other countries compare?’

EyeSeeData | Football Player Transfers: ’133 years of transfer data into a 60 second history lesson’

SCMP | Some fantastic infographic work from the SCMP team during October, browse through the series

UK Data Explorer Blog | ‘Experimental interactive Census maps of English wards’

Boston Globe | ‘NBA salary cap game: Make your own team’

Guardian | Interactive map: the history of music in Manchester

Stamen | Surging seas mapping project

Flightaware | Tracking and visualising the misery associated with traveling by air

RTI | Introducing the ‘Synthetic Microdata Household Viewer’ – ‘How does the human population organize itself across the landscape? How do age, income, race, and household size vary in cities?’

Guardian | Three degrees of separation: breaking down the NSA’s ‘hops’ surveillance method

Cooper Center | More pointillistic mapping beauty, this time to show a single dot for each vote in the US presidential election, coloured by party

Guardian | Australia in Numbers: What is the safest time to drive?

Articles

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

Knight Foundation | Jake Porway’s post about ‘Big data for the greater good’

Poynter | Continuing the recent trend of great articles about colour ‘Why rainbow colors aren’t the best option for data visualizations’

Masters of Media | ‘The Not-So-Functional Art: Putting Information Visualisation Back Into Context’

Eager Eyes | Introducing Tableau’s upcoming new feature ‘Story Points’

Peltier Tech Blog | Excel charting dos and don’ts

Vincos | A Gephi generated view of the Italian Twittersphere

Eager Eyes | Glowing review from Robert for Isabel Meirelles’ ‘Design for Information’ book

A List Apart | Flat UI and Forms

Journalism | The Times building ‘suite of tools’ for multimedia stories

Tableau | Great set of articles for the October Design Month series

New Yorker | Why Abraham Lincoln loved infographics

qunb | Good Ol’ Excel Is The Ultimate Data Visualization Tool (In Most Cases)

UX Magazine | Useful article about designing for mobile – ‘Six mobile myths’

Second Story | Write up from the Shape of Story event ‘an interactive screening to spark conversation’

Fast Company | ‘The New York Times fights ‘Snow Fall’ fatigue with more Snow Falls – and it’s working’

BBC | ‘BBC plans to help get the nation coding’

Eager Eyes | Report from IEEE VIS 2013 in Atlanta, GA

FastCo Design | Why our brains love curvy architecture

DataHero | Interesting take on the ongoing debate of ‘Visualisation vs Infographic’

Dominikus | Big Pictures in the Small: Visualizations on Mobile Devices

FastCo Design | The Science Of A Great Subway Map

Usesthis | ‘What do people use to get stuff done? Featuring Hadley Wickham’

The Functional Art | ‘Storytelling, journalism, visualization, and science: A discussion in Nature Methods’

DataVizBlog | Critiquing Data Visualizations

Wired | NBA Superstar Chris Bosh: Here’s Why You Should Learn to Code

ATH Creative | Amanda Hobbs’ reflections on a year of freelancing

Perceptual Edge | ‘Chart Junk: A Magnet for Misguided Research’ – Review of the Research Study “What Makes a Visualization Memorable?”

Learning & Development

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

Visually | ‘Graph Visualization 101′ – series of posts on the basics of graph visualization by Sébastien Heymann in collaboration with Bénédicte Le Grand

IEEE VIS | Full collection of IEES VIS 2013 Papers

SportsVis | What’s the score?
The 1st Workshop on Sports Data Visualization, papers from IEEE VIS 2013

CiteVis | Visualizing Citations among InfoVis Conference Papers

Web Design Depot | A simple typographic trick to increase text readability by up to 30%

Wired | 13 of the Year’s Best Infographics

O’Reilly | Video of Scott Murray’s talk ‘Getting Started with Interactive Data Visualizations’

Mulin Blog | ‘A quick guide on web scraping: Why and how’

Slideshare | Visualizing ‘Big’ data slide deck from Sean Kandel & Jeffrey Heer (Trifacta)

Interaction Design | Online course: ‘Information Visualization: Getting Dashboards Right’ (at time of publishing the course had started but you can still join)

Subject News

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

Density Design | Introducing RAW, ‘The missing link between spreadsheets and vector graphics’

Amazon | New book: ‘Presenting Data Effectively’ by Stephanie Evergreen

Visual Loop | Really useful collection of visualisation blogs and their recent posts

Community Resources | Newly discovered site: ‘Community Resources is an online collection of references compiled by researchers in the field of visualization (including scientific visualization, information visualization and visual analytics)’

Thumbs Up Viz | The antidote to WTFViz! ‘Thumbs Up Viz is a collection of elegant, efficient, and (above all) effective data visualization.’

Charles Apple | Boston Globe’s Javier Zarracina moving to the Los Angeles Times

MapBox | Eric Fischer joins the MapBox team

VisualizingImpact | Newly discovered site: ‘We are a collective of techies, designers, researchers, information architects and storytellers working with organizations to transform complex information into compelling insights’

accidental aRt | Newly discovered site: ‘When data visualization goes beautifully wrong.

VizCandy | Newly discovered site: ‘at play in the world of visual analytics with Tableau and Excel’

IDL | Newly discovered site: Formerly the Standard Vis Group, now the UW Interactive Data Lab

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

xkcd | Tall infographics

Nielsen Norman Group | iOS 7 User-Experience Appraisal

BBC News | How did van Gogh find colour

FastCo Create | ‘This map shows what every country leads the world in and it’s not entirely flattering’

Kickstarter | Waveform – bleep, techno and rave silkscreen prints

FastCo Design | Must be an application for this in visualisation – ‘A Scratch-N-Sniff Book For Budding Wine Snobs’

FastCo Design | Artists Aim To Rebrand The Slums Of Rio, With A Wave Of Audacious Color

Noisli | ‘Noisli is a fantastic and good looking background noise and color generator ideal for working and relaxing.’

Best of the visualisation web… September 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 September 2013.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

Neoformix | Visualising Toronto’s 311 service calls

Guardian | Holy infographics: the bible visualised

OpenDataSites | A visualisation/tool by Ben Jones to present the world’s Open Data sites, currently numbered at 50 countries, 299 sites.

Listen | Listen to the sound of Wikipedia’s recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page.

ChartBall | Baseball Radial Charts: A Visual Comparison of Batters

Waag | There’s been quite a few of these lately, visualisations that map the age of buildings in cities, here’s one for the entire span of the Netherlands

Maps.Grammata | Portfolio of work from the great Matthew Bloch of the New York Times

New York Times | …and here’s a project Matthew worked on: ‘Tracking the Mayoral Candidates across New York City’

Washington Post | Graphic breakdown of Robert Griffin III’s 152 hits

BBC | ‘Zaatari refugee camp: Rebuilding lives in the desert’

Atlantic Cities | ‘There Are a Lot of Ways to Visualize Stop-and-Frisk. This One Is the Best’

Visual Metaphors | Divided London, visualising the racial divides in London

Neoformix | Similar interrogation here from Jeff Clark looking at Toronto’s Visible Minorities

Endgadget | ‘There are only so many ways one can juice up boring Excel data, but Microsoft’s new Power Map Preview for Office 365 looks like it’s up to the challenge’. Uh oh.

NASA ESW | ‘NASA satellites have been mapping Earth for over 40 years. These global observations of the atmosphere, biosphere, land surface, solid Earth, and ocean enable an improved understanding of the Earth as an integrated system. These images feature data from over a dozen Earth observation missions.’

Youth Development Index | ‘The Commonwealth Youth Development Index (YDI) measures the status of 15-29 year-olds in 170 countries according to five key domains: Education, Health and Well-being, Employment, Civic Participation and Political Participation.’

Into the Okavango | ‘A Live-data Expedition into the Okavango Delta’

Peltier Tech | Charting Survey results

Flowing Data | Dialect quiz shows where others talk like you do

Slate | ‘Is It Possible To Fit the Civil War Into a Single Chart? Here’s One Beautiful Attempt’

Wait But Why | Putting Time In Perspective

Miska Knapek | Some really interesting projects in Miska’s portfolio

Washington Post | How D.C. could look if the height restriction changes

New York Times | Front Row to Fashion Week

Spatially | ‘Population Lines’ works now available in print

bdon | Visualizing transit delays in real time: MUNI Light Rail

Ravi | ‘Living United States Presidents’

Articles

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

Vis4.net | Mastering Multi-huedColor Scales with Chroma.js

Worry Dream | A frame-by-frame articled (new verb, you’re welcome) version of Bret Victor’s talk ‘Media for Thinking the Unthinkable: Designing a new medium for science and engineering”

Consumerist | ‘Data Broker Acxiom’s New Site Allows Users To View And Edit The Marketing Info It’s Collected’

Peltier Tech | Using colours in Excel

Wired | Loads of colour-related articles going out right now, 95% of them with Rob Simmon’s name associated with them :) – here’s one that discusses the colour choices around the depicting of the Yosemite Rim Fire

The Functional Art | An imaginary dialogue about infographics between a designer and a managing editor

JMP Blog | Celebrating Statisticians: John W. Tukey

TechCrunch | ‘The Data Visualization Technology That Makes The America’s Cup Accessible To The Rest Of Us’

Tableau | A Theory of Discovery: Tableau Customer Conference 2013 Keynote

HBR | Visualizing Trouble

New York Times | ‘The World as They Knew It: The Legacy of Greco-Roman Mapmaking’

Tableau | Tableau 8.1: Sophisticated Analytics for Sophisticated People

Use This | Interview with Santiago Ortiz, Developer, Visualiser

HBR | ‘The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now’

qunb | Why We Hate Infographics (And Why You Should)

Data Animator | Great article about thinking around the task of analysis, structured around one of my favourite quotes, ‘the known knowns’

The Why Axis | Bryan explores the Washington Post’s ‘Behind the Black Budget’ project via an interview with one of its creators, Wilson Andrews

Well Formed Data | Moritz outlines the work behind his great project ‘Mapping Electionland’

TED Talks | Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading

YouTube | Author Reif Larsen at the Dutch Infographic Conference #IC13nl about infographics and his spike of excitement while working on his novel ‘The Selective Works of T.S. Spivet’, termed his ‘infogasm’

Excel Charts | Jorge as provocative as ever :) with this piece ‘Why I Don’t Like Bar Charts’

Tow Center | Storytelling with Data Visualization: Context is King

Dominikus | How touch visualizations turn us into lean-back analysts

Visually | CNN Tells Stories With Data, in Six-Second Vine Videos

Charts N Things | 19 Sketches of Quarterback Timelines

Learning & Development

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

Wolfram | Stephen Worlfram takes on the thorny issue of gauges in this profile of Mathematica’s built-in visualisation options. Will it change opinions? Possibly not.

PostGraphics | Behind the scenes: The perils at Great Falls

VizWorld | Visualizing for the Color Blind

Vis4.net | Bit of a masterclass in analysing data from Gregor, here he explores bias in Opinion polls using R

Scoop.It | Collection of resources aimed at helping journalists learn R

Subject News

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

Amazon | New Book: “Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think”, By Stephen Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller

Editorially | New tool: ‘Editorially: makes collaborative writing easy’

Apptitude | New agency: apptitude is a design-centered software agency based in Lausanne, Switzerland, aspiring to increase its expertise and recognition in the fields of data visualization, healthcare and environmental software.

Gareth Cook | New Book: The Best American Infographics 2013

QGIS | I believe this is an updated version 2.0 of the free, open source GIS tool

INST-INT | Conference, 15/16 November, Minneapolis – ‘A gathering focused on sharing insights + experiences from the field of interactive installation. Welcome to this inst-int’

Eco West | A new site to me, ‘Visualizing Environmental Trends’. “We analyze, visualize, and share data on environmental trends in the North American West. All of our downloads and resources are free.”

Aligned Left | Where to Post and Find Data Visualization Jobs

Amazon | New Book: “Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics”, by Francesco Franchi

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

Guardian | Rise of the new geeks: how the outsiders won

New York Times | ‘The High School Challenge’ – take the maths challenge

Guardian | Why I love… movie computers

Core77 | Tracking the rapid iteration and development of the new Yahoo! logo

Max Degtyarev | Kind of a small multiples/time line but just a nice, fun graphic about the day in the life of a bench

Spoon & Tango | Tatsuo Horiuchi, the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist

Bobbby Genalo | ‘Datacoasters are wooden toys that reappropriate the classic waiting room “Rollercoaster,” a colorful, kinetic toy that has enraptured millions of youths waiting their turn at the doctor’s office.’

YouTube | ’3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo’

Best of the visualisation web… August 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 August 2013.

Visualisations/Infographics

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

YouTube | NASA animated portrayal of temperature data from 1880 to 2011

Flickr | 10000px wide infographic from 1944 about Electromagnetism (via @Frencil)

New York Times | Detailed timeline and map to track the explorations of the Mars Curiosity Rover

Data Blog | Visualising the London-Surrey 100 bike ride

Andrewxhill | A series of super mapping demos using CartoDB and Leaflet

Cooper Center | Racial Dot Map, profiling one dot for every person in the US, created by Dustin Cable

New York Times | Reshaping New York: From buildings to bike lanes to painting over Broadway, how the city changed in 12 years of Bloomberg

Washington Post | Long-form digital storytelling about ‘The Perils at Great Falls’

VisualLoop | Portfolio of the Week: Richard Johnson, one of North America’s most recognized visual journalists

Washington Post | Second long-form entry from WaPo, this time profiling ‘Nasa’s mission improbable’

FastCo Design | An Epic Timeline Of Wardrobe Colors In “Breaking Bad”

Byjess | Talking about the history and future of the ‘Death and Taxes’ infographic

La Sombra del Asno | This was a busy week of infographic work for Adolfo Arranz, with four full-page releases of typical beauty

Washington Post | Another fabulous multi-faceted digital story, this one about the ‘Black Budget’

MartinGrandjean | Here’s a single page alternative view of the black budget data reimagined

FastCo Design | An Interactive Map Of Every Stream In The U.S.

Washington Post | Nice use of small multiples in this interactive graphic of stock price changes

Imus Geographics | Think I’ve posted this before but its worth another go – a collection of the most beautiful wall maps of the USA

Scientific American | Where (in the World!) Your Fruits and Vegetables Come from: An Interactive Finder

Scientific American | Second graphic from SA, this is an interactive titled ‘The Flavor Connection’ by Jan Willem Tulp

FlowingData | Plotting a sample of locations across the US and the distances to the nearest grocery store

YouTube | A visual and narrated tour of the Yosemite Rim fire using Google Earth

Washington Post | OK it has been a bit of a WaPo love-in this month but this is really nice to see, a Sankey on the front page!

Visualizing.org | Expert Galleries: Stefanie Posavec

Wired | Visualize London’s Underground With This Mesmerizing Interactive 3-D Map

NNVL | Sadly unavailable right now (due to US Government staff furlough) but (from memory!) this was a great work tracking cyclone frequency

Articles

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

PJIM | Third quarterly publication of Parsons Journal for Information Mapping

Brainpickings | The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes

Silicon Angle | The Hardest Part of Data Visualization : Simplicity + Consumability

Visual Complexity | Visualization Metaphors: Old & New. Acknowledging the importance of analysing and understanding the long history of visualisation techniques.

JSK | Nuno Vargas’s 2013 Knight Talk: Re-engineering journalism

Statistics Views | Visualising Data that Changes Over Time, talk from Alan Smith OBE

Unintuitive | ‘Designers. Get over your fear of code and on with your lives’ (part 1)

Unintuitive | ‘Designers. Get over your fear of code and on with your lives’ (part 2)

The Functional Art | Infographics shouldn’t be done just by professional designers

The Why Axis | Bryan finds potential in the ‘Pitfalls of Google Databoard’

FastCo Design | Designers Challenge Bucky Fuller’s Geo Worldview: re-drawaing the lines of the geopolitical dymaxion map

EagerEyes | Robert discusses the idea of ‘the perfect visualisation’

Academia.edu | Comparing information graphics: a critical look at eye tracking (pdf)

The Functional Art | In infographics, steal what you need, but credit your sources

Government Digital Service | A few notes on typography

Big Times | Let the data speak: Interview with Jer Thorp

Twisted Sister | 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

HBR | To Go from Big Data to Big Insight, Start with a Visual

The eLearning Coach | Interview with Alberto Cairo: How To Design Real (Not Fake) Information Graphics

UX Magazine | A Look at Flat Design and Why It’s Significant

Stamen | A reflective report from Zoe Padgett about her internship at Stamen

Michael Babwahsingh | Michael discusses the ‘other’ visualisation – imagination.

Visually | CNN Tells Stories With Data, in Six-Second Vine Videos

BusinessInsider | There are probably many more worse choices but there are some beauty baddies in here…

Learning & Development

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

Visually | Superb series of articles from Rob Simmon (NASA) about the subtleties of colour. A must read if ever there was one.

VisualLoop | The making of a tide chart infographic by Jessica Suen ‘Redwood City Tide Predictions’

BBC Internet Blog | Process narrative behind last year’s James Bond ‘parallax scrolling’ infographic

Dominikus | How to make fast animated HTML5 visualizations – in-depth article about the new HTML5 version of the Better Life Index

DataRemixed | Interactive tool for accessing worldwide Open Data sites

Here.com | LivingCities: A shared cartographic experiment from HERE and CartoDB

Creative Bloq | Decent summary of some of the key principles to help ‘design more compelling data visualisations’

thinkDataVis | Use D3.js on your desktop to publish static visualisations

Vimeo | Tech Talk: Data Visualization Meetup with Kim Rees

VizWiz | Slides from the Facebook talk @ #TCCEU13 – Creating a culture of data… and making everyone an analyst in the process

thinkDataVis | How to make a heat map with hexagons, D3.js, hexbins.js, Open Street Map, Inkscape, and Paint.NET

Data Remixed | How to View your Website Stats in Tableau

Subject News

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

Tableau | Tableau Public Gets A Million Rows!

Perceptual Edge | Brief announcement from Stephen Few about his latest book project: ‘Signal’

Nature Graphics | New blog providing a collection of graphics from the pages of Nature, curated by the Nature art team.

Storytellingwithdata | Review of Nathan Yau’s ‘Data Points’ book

UK Data Explorer Blog | New blog about data visualisation and open data from James Trimble

If We Assume | CUBEHELIX colour scheme now available for Tableau

WTF Visualizations | The site the world has been waiting for. Thanks to Drew Skau for starting this collection of the finest worst work in our field

Datawrapper | Overview of the new version of Datawrapper (1.5)

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

BuzzFeed | Simpsons Fan Art: 18 Posters For Troy McClure Movies

Typehunting | Great source for type inspiration

HBR | This is my favourite useless article in the history of time: ’2 Things your data visualisation needs’. Adapted from ’3 elements of successful data visualisations’. Genius.

Core77 | A user-configurable dashboard on the Corvette Stingray

360gigapixels | Explore 360 degrees of Tokyo’s panorama with this incredibly high resolution view

YouTube | How do Japanese multiply?

Super Graphic | A visual guide to the comic book universe

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