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 2015.


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

Labratrevenge | 'A Nation of Poverty' - looking at the concentration of poverty in the neighborhoods of the US's largest urban cores

Matt Daniels | Animals plotted by: Intelligence and tastiness.

Data Cycles | Daily bike sharing activity in the Bay area

Bl.ocks | A tool to help compare mapping projections

Tableau | 'Day-night map with twilight and marks'

Boston Globe | From Feb 2014, 'The Oscar Connections' by Chiqui Esteban

Ginny Mason | A wonderful catalogue of work from Nat Geo's Ginny Mason

Guardian | 'How China's economic slowdown could weigh on the rest of the world'

New York Times | 'How Missing Jet’s Debris Could Have Floated to Réunion'

South China Morning Post | 'What if an atomic bomb hit Hong Kong or Beijing, or where you live?'

FT | 'Marathon data show gender patterns in runners’ performance'

BBC | 'My Premier League life' - project developed for the BBC by 'Beyond Words Studio'

FiveThirtyEight | 'Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.'

Ripetungi | Robin's infographic marking the end of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career

Vimeo | Mac Bryla narrates a project looking at some data about mobile phone data published in some work by ABC

Tubestrike | Londoners get sweary about the tube strike

Harvard | Huge project to visualise the true scale of the world economy via 15 trillion dollars worth of trade

New York Times | 'A Triangular Guide to the East Asian Currency Wars'

Truth Facts | A collection of tongue in cheek visualisation and infographics

Washington Post | 'Where Americans go to work when they don’t work near home'

New York Times | Interlacing musical score visuals on top of a documentary about the making of the Bieber track "Where are Ü now"

FT | Which is the best football league in Europe?

PRB | 'Every year, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) provides the latest demographic data for the world'

City Lab | '10 Years Later, There's So Much We Don't Know About Where Katrina Survivors Ended Up'

Five Thirty Eight | 'A Nerd’s Guide To The 2,229 Paintings At MoMA'

Washington Post | 'Almost half of Americans live in places that could be struck by damaging earthquakes'

FastCo Design | 'Google's Guide To Designing With Empathy'

New York Times | 'How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?'

National Geographic | 'People-Powered Data Visualization'

QZ | 'This game will show you just how foolish it is to sell stocks right now'

FiveThirtyEight | 'Uber Is Serving New York’s Outer Boroughs More Than Taxis Are'

Poly-Graph | 'The most timeless songs of all-time'

Washington Post | 'What’s across the ocean from you when you’re at the beach, in 7 fascinating maps'

Source | 'Designing, mapping, and deploying “The Airbnb Effect”'

Tampa Bay | 'Why Pinellas County is the worst place in Florida to be black and go to public school'


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

Elijah Meeks | 'The virtues of a sketchy life'

Medium | 'A Sort of Joy: Performing MoMA’s 120,000 object collections database'

Source | 'Building on 'Data viz for all': A Portland code convening project to make interactive graphics more accessible'

The Next Web | 'Embracing emptiness in Web design'

Vimeo | More Eyeo 2015 talk videos released

FastCo Design | Rather blunt and one-eyed criticism of a visualisation about Hiroshima

Story Bench | 'Using Buzzfeed's listicle format to tell stories with maps and charts'

Learning & Development

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

Responsive Design | A site that let's you preview the responsiveness (or otherwise) of your website/page across multiple device dimensions and formats

Science Direct | Paper: 'Evaluating the use of uncertainty visualization for exploratory analysis of land cover change'

Visual Cinnamon | 'How to create a Flow diagram with a circular twist: Hacking a Chord Diagram to create a radial Sankey'

TED | 'Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge'

Tableau | 'Tips on Building Dashboards for the Smartphone'

r2d3 | 'A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning'

Infragistics | 'An Introduction to Small Multiples'

Medium | 'Crafting a custom, mobile-friendly data visualization – Inside the design process of “The Evolution of Trade Agreements”'

Source | 'Faster, Better Chartmaking with the Right Tools and a Little Bit of Training'

Evergreen | 'Make a Slopegraph in Excel'

YouTube | "Disinformation Visualization — How to lie with Dataviz" by Mushon Zer-Aviv

Oli Hawkins | Tool: 'Welcome to Population Builder, a web-app that lets you build a population estimate for a set of small areas in Great Britain.'

TechSmith | Tool: 'Snagit for Google Chrome Keeps on GIF’ing'

Tableau | 'Use the New Web Data Connector to Reach Any Data'

Flowing Data | 'Bar Chart Baselines Start at Zero'

Online Journalism Blog | 'When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide' (part 1)

Online Journalism Blog | 'When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide' (part 2)

Subject News

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

iNZight | 'Easily explore data and discover trends without learning complex software'

Jump Plot | 'Jump Plot helps analysts quickly identify outliers in repeated event sequences'

Sebastian Meier | An interesting collection of projects on the website of research associate and lecturer, Sebastian Meier, from the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences

Amazon | Book coming soon! 'Data at Work' by Jorge Camoes

Twitter | Discussing a treemap. In a million tweets.


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

OpenCulture | '1,000,000 Minutes of Newsreel Footage by AP & British Movietone Released on YouTube'

Guardian | '96m water-saving shade balls released into LA reservoir'

TheUpshot | 'Puzzle: Are You Smarter Than 61,125 Other New York Times Readers?'

BLDG BLOG | Article about a video profiling 'The John Feathers Map Collection' - "a discovered collection so massive it doubled the LAPL’s collection in a single day."

New York Times | 'Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace'

Archive | 'Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.'

Guardian | 'Attack on the pentagon results in discovery of new mathematical tile'

Vox | 'The neckwear primary: our ultimate graphical guide to the ties of the GOP debate'

US Fish & Wildlife Service | 'Wetlands Mapper Legend Categories'

The New Yorker | 'What is elegance in science?'