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 2014.


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

PRB | Long form visualisation about the World Population: 2014 and beyond.

Shoothill | 'The Shoothill GaugeMap is the first interactive map with live river level data from over 2,400 Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales river level gauges in England and Wales.'

Vallandingham | 'Visualizing The Racial Divide'

Infoamazonia | 'Fires in the Amazon'

LiquidLandscape | 'LiquidLandscape is a real-time data infrastructure specifically designed to process live market data feeds'

Medium | 'Matter: The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race'...

National Geographic | ...and this, 'First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic'

Circular World | 'Welcome to our growing collection of interactive circular migration plots coded with d3.js'

See, Also | 'A collection of visualization projects built on Wikipedia data'

Creative Applications | 'FuelBand Fibers – Visualizing training data with Plask'

TheUpshot | 'Mapping Migration in the United States - Where people who lived in each state in 2012 were born'

FastCo Design | 'It Takes 4,500 Pages To Analyze And Archive One Second Of Twitter'

SCMP | 'Infographic: The Premier League back in action... our in-depth guide to the world's most popular football league'

Small Multiples | 'A visualisation platform for tracking election promises'

LA Times | 'Infographic 196 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become'

Feltron | The '2013 Annual Report'

Wall Street Journal | 'Surveying the Destruction in Gaza'

Washington Post | 'Where police forces don't resemble the community'

TheUpshot | 'Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State'. Great project, just wish there I could buy some mugs with these custom images on them...(hint *)

Alasdair Rae | 'Commuting by Rail, England and Wales, 2011'

Weather Browser | 'Weather Browser is an interactive tool to visually look up and compare detailed weather data.'

The Upshot | 'Special Sauce for Measuring Food Trends: The Fried Calamari Index'

The Guardian | 'Beyond the border: A partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian'

Vizzuality | '50 Years of concerts of The Rolling Stones: An interactive map of their live-show story'

Rainscapes | 'Weather on the west coast has radically different densities and patterns. This heat-map gives a comprehensive view of all states trends through the considered time span.'

Washington Post | 'What you don’t know about Africa, according to our readers’ quiz'

Visual Loop | 'Portfolio of the Week – Johnathan Lozano'

Child Lives Map | Project exploring stories of improvements in child mortality around the world | 'What's your place in the world population?' (I'm currently number 4,453,826,191)

Erik Kwakkel | 'A glove to find your way in 19th-century London'

Über Research | 'Visual funding portfolios allow us to compare the funding profiles of funders and funded institutions at a glance.'

Vizual Statistix | 'The pitch and width of airplane seats'

FastCo Design | 'This Is The Very First Electoral Map Dividing The U.S. Into Red States And Blue States'

NPR | 'A Fascinating Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments'


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

Metrico | Review of Metrico - 'a puzzle-platformer inspired by the aesthetics of infographics.'

Phys Org | 'Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them'

Simon Rogers | 'What data journalism told us about #Ferguson'

New York Times | 'When Getting to a Body Count Takes More Than Math'

Source | 'When the news calls for raw data: Thoughts on recent dataset postings from BuzzFeed and the New York Times'

Vox | 'Why Obama won’t give the Ferguson speech his supporters want'

New York Times | Video interview, 'Nicholas Felton: A Quantified Life'

Vimeo | Video: 'A preview for the special Times of Oman Maracana Infographic pop-up for the World Cup 2014 finals.'

Cartonerd | 'The reason for cartography'

Boing Boing | 'Art in the Infographic Age'

Italia Design | Nice video profile about Giorgia Lupi and Accurat design

Medium | 'Israel, Gaza, War & Data social networks and the art of personalizing propaganda'

Telling Information | 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Governing | 'City Finances and the Promise of Data Visualization'

Juice Analytics | 'Common Myths Tied to Data Monetization'

Huffington Post | 'False Visualizations: When Journalists Get Data Viz Wrong'

Learning & Development

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

Sapping Attention | 'An early set of rules for graphic presentation by the Bureau of the Census from February 1915'

Source | Simon Rogers share details of 'How (and why) we made Twitter reverb'

VizWiz | Following help given to Alberto Cairo, Andy Kriebel shares his tutorial for creating a connected scatterplot in Tableau

New York University School of Law | Paper: 'The Persuasive Power of Data Visualization'

DataRemixed | 'From GPS to Viz: Hiking Washington’s Trails' - another great demonstration of Ben's Tableau skills

Creative Bloq | 'Design jargon explained: web design patterns'

ISTC | Paper: 'Effects of Latency on Interactive Visual Analysis'

Hadley Wickham | Paper: 'Graphical criticism: some historical notes'

Speaker Deck | Great talk slides, 'The Keys to a Successful Data Design Process by Scott Murray'

Subject News

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

Mapbox | 'Announcing Mapbox GL JS — a fast and powerful new system for web maps'

Well-Formed Data | Short announcement from Moritz about an intriguing sounding panel he's moderating at IEEE VIS 2014

A Book Apart | Book: 'Design is a Job', by Mike Monteiro

Information is Beautiful | Book: 'Knowledge is Beautiful', by David McCandless

Infoactive | eBook: 'Data + Design', by Infoactive - 'A simple introduction to preparing and visualizing information'

Hyphen Press | Book: 'Isotype: design and contexts, 1925–1971', edited by Christopher Burke, Eric Kindel, Sue Walker

CartoDB | 'Welcome to the new CartoDB Editor, designed for the cartographer of the digital age'

Isomatic | Tool: 'Isomatic: the automatic isotype tool'

CUNY | 'The Graduate Center, City University of New York announced today it will establish the CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization'


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 | 'Accidental Renaissance: readers choose photos that look like Italian paintings'

DevArt | 'DevArt is a celebration of art made with code by artists that push the possibilities of creativity - where technology is their canvas and code is their raw material'.

Creative Bloq | 'The 100 best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs, for Windows and Mac, for a range of design projects'

Zazzle | (Remember * from above?) Like mugs? Like NYT Graphics? Like mugs with NYT Graphics on them. Good news...

FastCo Design | 'The World Trade Center Has A New, Very Confusing Logo' (I disagree, like it)

New York Times | 'Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style'

Scientific American | 'Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool'

The Guardian | 'Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures' - The first one is bonkers

The Guardian | 'Runner uses Nike+ app to draw penis'

Made By Evan | 'WebGL Water'. Remember to get back to work at some point.

Google | Google Doodle celebrates John Venn's 180th Birthday

BBC Technology | 'An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.'

xkcd | Pixels