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 2013.
Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.
Information is Beautiful | Good use of venn diagram to explore the different strains of flu
CNN Money | Personal Space - How much space each person has in some of the world's major cities
Berliner | Hopefully my translation stands up, I believe this is the flight paths and positions above the city of Berlin.
New York Times | Animated pixellated Venn diagram (yes, I made that up) to visualise the diseases that often overlap for the elderly
Moritz.Stefaner | Moritz explores the gender balance in the speaking line ups at conferences in visualisation and related fields
New York Times | Jonathan Corum's animated project to illustrate 'Kepler’s Tally of Planets'
Washington Post | Starting the mini-collection of coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, here's the timeline of investigation from the WaPo...
New York Times | ...the NYT's 'Hunt for the Boston Bombing Suspects'...
New York Times | ...and their incredibly researched audio recordings of some of those involved...
Source | ... A good collection of all the key 'visual explanations' about the marathon bombing from Erin Kissane on Source
Chesapeake Bay | Multi-faceted project to visualise the Chesapeake Bay Grasses
Distance To Mars | April seemed to be a month of visually portraying 'big' things: concepts, numbers, distances, populations but none of them worked for me, particularly in the browser where change blindness occurred. Anyway, a lot liked it out there so included for record...
hereistoday | ...here's another titled 'here is today'
Northeastern University | 'The Twitter of Babel' - mapping world languages through language usage on Twitter
Vision of Humanity | Updated index of peace across US, UL and global Terrorism index (work by Scott Murray, amongst others)
Guardian US | 'Violence and guns in best-selling video games'
Business Insider | Collection of work by Eric Fischer: '21 Maps Of Highly Segregated Cities In America
CitiesInOneWord | Simple idea but I like it, describe a city in one word then see the perspective build up for each city. Not keen on the square word clouds though, more could have been done.
SFStreets | 'A history of San Francisco Place Names'
Data Remixed | Another great demonstration of Ben's Tableau skills, this time on baseball pitching
Information Aesthetics | 'Where is the King? Live Crowd Visualization of Amsterdam'
skepchick | Nice investigation into the comparable ages of leading men and women in movies
Knight Center | 'Journalists need to learn data visualization and infographic design skills to complement their message' (When I saw the title I thought this is one for Alberto Cairo. Then I read that it was from the mouth of Alberto!)
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 | In 'The Revolution Will Be Visualized' Robert discusses the recent deployment of visualisation for particularly emotive subject matter
Peachpit | Similar theme... Alberto Cairo's post about 'Emotional Data Visualization: Periscopic's "U.S. Gun Deaths" and the Challenge of Uncertainty'
Michael Babwahsingh | Michael discusses 'New Modalities of Understanding'
Augify | Another similar theme... 'Designing understanding: Our obsession with visualization stems from our understanding of humans as visual beings'
Well-Formed Data | Moritz triggers an interesting series of discussions and responses about the concept of storytelling with data visualisation and specifically the ideas that every good visualisation has to tell a story.
Nick Diakopoulos | 'Storytelling with Data: What Are the Impacts on the Audience?'
Weather.AOL | 'NASA's Robert Simmon on Transforming Science Into Art'
Harvard Business Review | From the HBR series on visualisation, great piece by Irene Ros/Adam Hyland 'When Creating Visualizations, Question Everything'
Stories Through Data | Super post by Chris Twigg exploring 'The reader and reading data visualisation'
Scientific American | Interesting to learn about the science behind the different reactions of reading paper versus screens
Eager Eyes | Useful primer about the different between continuous and categorical data...
Eager Eyes | ...and another good piece from Robert about continuous values and baselines
BBC News | Deepwater Horizon: Surviving the oil spill - interactive video
VisualLoop | 'Talking with... Paolo Ciuccarelli: A fantastic conversation with one of the minds behind Density Design'
Density Design | 'Information Visualization on the Move. A Brief and Initial Overview'
Pacific Standard | 'Creatures of Coherence: Why We’re So Obsessed With Causation'
jnd | Preface: 'Design of Everyday Things, Revised Edition'
The Functional Art | 'Making your message visible: Trend lines in scatter plots'
Perceptual Edge | Stephen Few asks, and answers, 'what makes a chart boring?'
Social Media Week | On the subject of gender balance: 'Announcing Gender 50/50: Striving for Balance Among Social Media Week’s Global Community of Men and Women'
Four Four Two | 'Bayern 4-0 Barcelona: The story in Stats Zone screens'
Stephen Wolfram | Stephen Wolfram's long form analysis of the world of Facebook
BBC R&D Blog | 'Visualising near-real-time iPlayer usage data'
Perceptual Edge | Stephen proposes an interesting new concept for encoding values in geospatial displays using 'bricks'...
Perceptual Edge | ...with a noble follow up to concede concern for certain shortcomings...
Infodez | ...and Francis Gagnon puts in a great effort to conceive a further alternative using concentric circles and to convince (or otherwise) Mr Few of its merits!
Learning & Development
These links cover tutorials, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.
GraphicsInfo | Process narrative behind the SCMP's 'Picasso's Painting's infographic
Postgraphics | Behind the scenes narrative of the Dow 30 tax burden graphic
Peltier Tech Services | Jon describes a workaround/tutorial for creating dot plots in Excel
The Why Axis | Guest post from Jon Schwabish describing a tutorial to create a chart remake in Excel
Charts'n'Things | Design process behind the NYT's graphic about baseball strikeouts being on the rise
Juice Analytics | Data Storytelling: The Ultimate Collection of Resources
Tapestry | The collection of videos of the talks at Tapestry conference
Case.Grafix | Analysis of the SCMP graphic about the Kowloon Walled City
School of Data | Presentation video and slides, 'Data visualization guidelines' by Gregor Aisch at the International Journalism Festival
Charts'n'Things | Second entry this month, another great process narrative about the NFL draft interactive graphic
Vimeo | Video of Bret Victor's talk titled 'Stop Drawing Dead Fish'
Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.
GitHub | Newly released Vega providing a 'higher-level visualization specification language on top of D3'
Simon Rogers | Simon Rogers announces his leaving of the Guardian and move over to Twitter
Kevin Schaul | Hexagons are all the rage right now, here's a command line tool to 'better visualize crowded dot density'
ICIDS 2013 | Call for papers for the 'The 6th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling'
gmunk | Perhaps off-topic slightly but a fascinating collection of Bradley G Munkowitz's work, over a decade, as a Design Director for the motion graphics industry
Stories Through Data | Storytelling and Data Visualisation – interview with Amanda Cox
Guardian Data Blog | 'Doing good with data: why Datakind is launching in the UK'
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
Tableau Public | Data Art in it's purist sense: Andy Cotgreave creates a Kraken out of arranged bubbles using Tableau Public.
Twitter | "What Twitter will look like on the day that Thatcher dies"
YouTube | Video showing how the Opta team harvest data from football matches on match day
+Labs | Hyperlapse video of Google Street View images around the world
New York Times | Not from our friends in the graphics dept. but the worst graphics you'll see in the NYT...
Timo Elliott | Introducing 'Data Visualization? Bling It On!' (note the post date, before you go any further)
FastCo Design | 'An Introduction To The Internet From 1995'
Cool Infographics | '8 New Punctuation Marks We Need'
Guardian | Just an inspirational article about creativity, discipline, passion, perseverence. James Rhodes: 'Find what you love and let it kill you'
FastCo Design | 'An Ingenious Cookbook Uses Infographics Instead Of Words'