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 September 2015.


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

YouTube | 'After the tragic crisis in Syria, more than half of all Syrians have left their homes. Where are they?' Hans Rosling shows the answer

Guardian | Interesting timeline based on a sinusoidal curve, seemingly offering a way of handling concentrations of event milestones

Nesta | A portrayal of the network of programmes that were broadcast on the BBC in 2013 and 2014, and the people who helped to make those programmes who worked in off-screen roles

New York Times | 'Death in Syria'

Metropop | 'Vienna electorate poster'

New York Times | 'NASA’s New Horizons Probe Glimpses Pluto’s Icy Heart'

FT | 'Which is the best football league in Europe?'

Enigma | 'Do you have a smoke alarm?'

SCMP | 'From Gareth Bale to Luis Suarez, the most expensive signings in football'

The True Size | Super tool that helps get a sense of the distortions involved in the mercator mapping projection

FiveThirtyEight | 'The Death Spiral Of M. Night Shyamalan’s Career'

Webkid Blog | 'The Refugee Crisis through the eyes of Data Visualization'

Guardian | 'Hajj crush: how crowd disasters happen, and how they can be avoided'

National Geographic | Interactive version of the 'Goldilocks worlds' project, exploring which (other) planets are just right for supporting life

Randal Olson | 'Visualizing Indego bike share usage patterns in Philadelphia'

World Economic Forum | 'The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015'

Vimeo | 'Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego'

National Geographic | 'Using Maps and Data Vis to Understand Tennis'

WSJ | 'Are You Good Enough to Be a Tennis Line Judge?'

Cargocollective | Some fascinating works by Aljaž Vindiš for (Slovenia's second largest newspaper) Dnevnik's weekly supplement Objektiv

Tableau Public | Chris Luv's 'Football Shots Timeline'

This is Colossal | 'Starting With the Earth as a Marble, This Is the First Timelapse of the Solar System to Scale'

Washington Post | 'Cold weather person, or hot weather lover? This map shows where you belong'

Noah Veltman | 'Connected Filmographies'

Tableau Public | Really nice, 'Hubway Station Analysis'

Morgenpost | 'Noise Map Berlin: So loud it is at your doorstep'

Flowing Data | 'Years You Have Left to Live, Probably'

Washington Post | 'When popes hit the road, here’s where they go'

ABC | 'From Menzies to Malcolm: the careers of Australia's prime ministers visualised'

Washington Post | 'Higher horsepower: An illustrated 215-year history of the popemobile'

The Marshall Project | 'The Next to Die: Watching Death Row'

Flong | 'Infoviz Graffiti: an Adjustable Pie-Chart Stencil'


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

Vox | Great and legimitate take down of the dishonest chart by 'American's United for Life' shown in US Congress

AUL | ...and here's the pathetic attempt to defend the chart by the makers

The Functional Art | ...and finally, another related post 'If you see bullshit, say “bullshit!"'

District Data Labs | 'Time Maps: Visualizing Discrete Events Across Many Timescales'

Partially Derivative | 'Episode 35: The data of journalism'

Storybench | 'How Scientific American makes its infographics'

Guardian | 'Way to go: the woman who invented Britain’s road signs'

National Geographic | 'Taking Data Visualization From Eye Candy to Efficiency'

Medium | 'A Design Education Manifesto'

Randal Olson | 'Small multiples vs. animated GIFs for showing changes in fertility rates over time'

Something About Maps | 'What happens if you take the shoreline of a lake, cut it, and unfurl it?'

Medium | 'Robin Kwong tells us about interactive data journalism at the Financial Times

Learning & Development

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

Bocoup | 'Mapping the Conflict in Syria – a Design Process (Part 1 of 2)'

VizCandy | 'Building (Tableau) Dashboards for the Smartphone'

Ghostweather | Nice slide deck from Lynn Cherny, 'What is Big Data, Anyway?'

Medium | 'Relativity’s Landscape: visualizing the impact of Einstein’s General Relativity theory'

Source | 'How we made the 3D Tour de France interactive' by Andrew Mason

Medium | 'Making beautiful, interactive maps (with some JavaScript)' | 'Data Visualization in – and for – Education'

Subject News

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

Big Bang Data | Event running in London from 3rd December where 'Artists, designers and innovators show how the data explosion is transforming our world'

Moebiolabs | 'Moebio Framework is a JavaScript toolkit for performing data analysis and creating visualizations.'

Archive | Sure I've posted this before but worth doing again if so. The entire 'Graphic presentation' book by Willard Cope Brinton is available online

FastCo Design | 'The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards Winners: 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

Food Data | '»Food Data« is a series of seven ceramic plates on the topic of data tracking in everyday life. Minimalistic crumb-compositions that emerge on plates while eating every day, are analyzed by a self written computer application'

Twitter | Great alternative concept for the Jaws poster highlighting the number of sharks killed per hour

BBC | 'Viewpoint: Should we all be looking for marginal gains?'

Guardian | 'Whatever happened to Minority Report's technology predictions?'

Nieman Lab | 'What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments'

One Perfect Shot | 'Watch the history of film in 3 minutes'

Guardian | Not chock-full with visualisations but just an interesting longform/multi-media piece about US nuclear testing

Eli Schiff | 'Keyboard Smörgåsbord'

Twitter | 'Most people don't realize just how vast our great nation is. Truly amazing.' Really makes you think (...about the people replying)