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 2015.


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

WSJ | 'Anatomy of a descent' - profiling the downhills of the Tour de France (love the map in the middle)

Guardian | ...and here's the Guardian's interactive illustrating 'The climb of Alpe d'Huez'

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

Guardian | 'Global threat interactive: What's the world scared of?'

FiveThirtyEight | 'How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money'

New York Times | Oh my word the map imagery on this piece by Derek Watkins 'Japan’s New Satellite Captures an Image of Earth Every 10 Minutes'

Josh Worth | 'If the moon were only 1 pixel'

FiveThirtyEight | 'The Endorsement Primary' - Like the little tally charts at the top and the small multiples below

The Information Capital | 'Relationship Status' a population pyramid combined with marital status

Washington Post | 'How railroads, highways and other man-made lines racially divide America’s cities'

New York Times | ...and here's an updated version of the Mapping America project, now specifically showing the map of segregation

Tableau | Typically nice work from Chris Luv to show the 'wagon wheel' analysis of Ashes batsmen during the summer's second test

Guardian | ...and on the same subject, I love these small multiples by Carlo Zapponi showing the history of all Ashes matches

Vox | 'From the Devil-Doll to Ant-Man: A visual history of Hollywood's shrunken people'

FiveThirtyEight | 'The Worst Board Games Ever Invented'

Visualoop | 'Portfolio of the Week - Fernando Baptista'

New York Times | 'Stacking Up the Presidential Fields'

Robert Manduca | 'Where Are The Jobs? Employment in America, 2010'

ProPublica | 'Surgeon Scorecard'

New York Times | 'New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby

GraphTV | 'Graph TV is a visualization tool which graphs tv show ratings by episode. '

FT | 'Austerity State: how has your council’s budget changed?'

New York Times | 'What It’s Like to Face a 150 M.P.H. Tennis Serve'

WSJ | 'The Cities That Have Lost the Most Flights'


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

The Functional Art | 'A dialogue between a reporter and a visualization journalist'

Visualoop | 'A Look at Choropleth Maps'

Randal Olson | 'Rethinking the population pyramid'

ONS Digital | Background work behind the development of the ONS guide for creating effective tables and charts

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

Scott Bot | 'Down the Rabbit Hole' offering a considered rant about the intertwingled-ness of the information age.

National Geographic | ''Steampunk' Infographics Beautifully Combine Past and Present'

Medium | 'Explaining graphic design to four-year-olds'

Priceonomics | 'Hadley Wickham, the Man Who Revolutionized R'

Visualoop | 'Talking with… John Grimwade'

Perceptual Edge | Stephen Few calmly put his a pillow over Andrew Abela's Chart Chooser and holds it there for quite a while

Learning & Development

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

Webkid | 'How we created an interactive map of Europe with 100k+ areas'

Eager Eyes | Annotated presentation slides from Robert's talk at BioVis in Dublin

Eager Eyes | Once you've finished with that, check out this timely (in my mind) article from 2010 'Understanding Pie Charts'

Interworks | 'Extract Web Data Directly to Tableau with Our Web Connector'

Stanford Graphics | Presentation slides by Pat Hanrahan about 'Self-illustrating phenomena'

Source | 'How we made Losing Ground'

YouTube | 'Amit Kapoor - Visualising Multi Dimensional Data'

FlowingData | Great explainer from Nathan about Horizon Graphs

Geog UCSB | Paper: 'Area Estimation of World Regions and the Projection of the Global-Scale Cognitive Map'

Subject News

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

Driven Data | 'Data science competitions to save the world'

Wiley | Journal article: 'Guidance for representing uncertainty on global temperature change maps'

Visualoop | 'A new Visualoop: New online showcase inspires with over 1500 of the best infographics of the past years'

Mapiful | 'Create, design and order maps of... the city you were born, where you fell in love or just a place that makes your heart skip a beat. Search, zoom and tweak. Within days your unique Mapiful print will arrive in the mail.'


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

Territory Studio | New animated digital art pieces to feature in the Upper Class bar area of Virgin Atlantic's new fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft

BBC | 'How painting 'saved' a man with paralysis'

Medium | '7 Rejections'

Nieman Lab | 'Trials and iterations: The Globe and Mail tries to balance reinvention and familiarity in its new app'

YouTube | 'From 1956: A future vision of driverless cars'

The Creators Project | 'Miniature Tools That Really Work'

Vimeo | 'Super fun, pre-animated, sometimes looping, customizable Fake User Interface assets'

BoingBoing | 'Font censors you as you type'

Guardian | 'Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies'

Bloomberg | Check out the dynamic mouse-over labelling!

Cooper Hewitt | 'Welcome to our collection database'

QZ | 'The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others'