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 2015.


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

National Geographic | 'Graphic Shows Who’s Buying and Selling Animals Globally'

The Guardian | 'Ever wondered what monetary policy would sound like if it was a piece of music?'

Flowing Data | Lovely project by Nathan to recreate the original Statistical Atlas of the United States with current data

Bloomberg | 'What's really warming the world?'

Guardian | 'Gay rights in the US, state by state' *Updated 26 June 2015*

New York Times | 'Germany's prolific offense vs. United States' stingy defense'

FiveThirtyEight | Sankey-like diagrams profiling predictions for the 2015 Women's World Cup

ProPublica | Interactive voyage exploring the 'Robot River' - "The Colorado River — the most important water source for 40 million people in the West — is draining."

Tempescope | 'Ambient weather display for your home'

Small Media | ''Writer's Block' looks at the past, present, and future of the Iranian publishing sector by visualising the contents of Iran's Book House'

WSJ | 'One-Man Army: This interactive shows the involvement of the self-described “best player in the world” in each point scored by the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.'

UXBlog | 'UFO Sightings'

The Upshot | 'Where Same-Sex Couples Live'

Morgenpost | 'Where the population of Europe is growing – and where it’s declining'


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

Eager Eyes | Report on experiences at EuroVis 2015

Data Remixed | Three part series by Ben mapping the paradox of clarity vs. aesthetics

ProPublica | 'On Repeat: How to Use Loops to Explain Anything' super article by Lena building on a talk she gave at OpenVisConf 2015

Cartonerd | Kenneth discusses colour and maps

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

FastCo Design | 'The Fascinating Science Of Aesthetics'

Medium | "Design can change the world. Are you kidding me?" Jennifer Daniel provides smelling salts in word form

FastCo Design | 'The Problem With The Color Blue'

KnightBlog | Relevant piece about creating for mobile: 'Meeting readers where they are, with the information they need'

PolicyViz | 'PolicyViz Podcast Episode #12: Scott Klein'

City Lab | 'When Maps Lie: Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.'

National Geographic | 'Even Graphics Can Speak With a Foreign Accent'

Medium | 'Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling' by John Lasseter

Learning & Development

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

Gravy Anecdote | 'Which chart should you use to show this data?' nice demonstration of the variety of ways of charting even a relatively simple dataset

Bloomberg | One of the best things I've seen this year: A 38,000-word essay 'What is code?'

LinkedIn | John Nelson's 'Excel Map Hack'

PJIM | Latest edition of Parson's Journal for Information Mapping, Volume VII, Issue 2

Subject News

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

Perceptual Edge | New book: 'Signal' by Steven Few

Computerworld | 'IBM to shutter dataviz pioneer Many Eyes'

Scientific American | 'A Climate Change Data Visualization Gains National Landmark Status'

Popular Science | 'Popular Science has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to issue a challenge: Can you visualize a scientific idea, concept, or story in an arresting way?'

Adobe | Hopefully 'Creative Cloud Charts' will turn out to be great, the preview is hopelessly limited to area-pictograms

Vis Pub Data | 'We are making available a dataset that contains information on IEEE Visualization (IEEE VIS) publications from 1990-2014.'

Quartz | 'Atlas, the new home for charts and data'

Quadrigram | Updated version of Quadrigram released


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

Brain Pickings | 'Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers'

YouTube | 'Landing on Titan: Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles'

Tate | Useful resource - 'Glossary of art terms'

Twitter | 'Les 3 plus grandes phobies de notre génération.'

British Library | 'Creating the first ever coastal soundmap of the UK'

Vox | 'Chart: How Inside Out's 5 emotions work together to make more feelings'

WSJ | 'How Do Companies Quietly Raise Prices? They Do This'

Flickr | 'NASA Graphics Standards Manual'

Out of Play | 'Out of Play is a new programme of displays, events and installations at the National Football Museum looking at the the ever-changing relationship between football and technology'

Guardian | 'The American civil war (with) then and now (slider action)'