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 2016.


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

Salmon Explorer | 'A data-driven look at salmon habitat and populations'

Guardian | Great scrutinising of different Brexit/remain related claims 'Brexit: how can the same statistics be read so differently?'

Guardian | ...unfortunately it didn't help swing the vote, here are the EU referendum results in full

Tampa Bay Times | A haunting but brilliant 3D journey around the scene of the Orland shootings

New York Times | 'Watch the Orlando Shooting Story Take Shape' - how the NYT front page changed during the course of the developing story

NZZ | 'All Euro 2016 matches, Visualised Mondrian-style'

Google Transparency Project | 'Google's Revolving Door Explorer (US)'

WSJ | 'How does ‘Hamilton,’ the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap's master rhymes to blur musical lines?'

After The Flood | Developing the 'UEFA Euro 2016 Player Barometer'

Under the Raedar | 'City Footprints' looking at commuting patterns into UK cities

Interworks | 'Politics Viz Contest: Plotting Political Polarization'

Pollyvote | Tracking voting patterns and predictions for the US Presidential Election 2016'

WSJ | 'Setting the Pace: The Fed Acts, Markets Move'

FiveThirtyEight | 'Who will win the presidency?'

R Graph Gallery | Exactly as the site title suggests, a gallery, of graphs, made using R and with the associated code

De Tijd | 'The Oracle of De Tijd predicts the Euros'

New York Times | Big interactive that let's you look in fine detail at the patterns of voting by different demographic groups in the 2012 and 2004 US elections.

Lisa Charlotte Rost | 'Which Cities Are On Similar Latitudes?'


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

Perceptual Edge | 'Data Visualization Lite' - a ringing non-endorsement of contemporary data visualisation books by Mr Few

Excel Charts | ... a response from Jorge - 'Get off my shoulders, said the giant'

Bocoup | 'Building a Better Lyra'

The Functional Art | 'There is no “perfect” visualization, but some are more appropriate than others'

Justin O'Beirne | 'Cartography comparison: Google maps and Apple maps'

FT | Latest piece from Alan Smith, The Chart Doctor, 'Communicating with data – timelines'

Excel Charts | 'Excel vs. Tableau vs. PowerBI'

DigitalHO | 'Interactive health data visualization approaches: good practices and examples'

Information Architects | An essay on icons | 'On Whether Y-axis Labels Are Always Necessary'

University of Utah | 'POEMAGE: A Visualization Tool in Support of Close Reading'

SignalvNoise | 'Real-time dashboards considered harmful'

Medium | 'The Coming Age of Calm Technology'

The Functional Art | 'Defying conventions in visualization: Should time always be on the horizontal axis?'

Periscopic | 'The Shadow of Data'

HBR | 'Visualizations That Really Work'

Medium | 'What’s False About True Color' | 'Why we didn’t use a cartogram in the Brexit map'

ProPublica | 'Too Human (Not) to Fail: How design keeps you from screwing up and prevents disaster when you do.'

Learning & Development

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

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper: Interesting study about techniques for visualising uncertainty 'When (ish) is My Bus? User-centered Visualizations of Uncertainty in Everyday, Mobile Predictive Systems'

ResearchGate | Paper: 'An Exploratory Visualization Tool for Mapping the Relationships between Animal Movement and the Environment'

Eager Eyes | 'An Illustrated Tour of the Pie Chart Study Results'

SITE | Paper: Many interesting snippets from this student paper from 1994 by Pam Lott 'Informational Graphics: Are non-lead visual displays beneficial to the reader?'

Source | 'How we made "Make it Stop"' looking at the Boston Globe's statement on gun control

Simon Rogers | 'How we made a VR data visualization'

Storybench | 'How the Financial Times built a story on invasive insects that buzzes with interactivity'

DB Vis | Paper: 'SpaceCuts: Making Room for Visualizations on Maps'

PLOS | Paper: 'Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm'

Subject News

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

Github | Release of D3.js v4.0.0

Stats Life | 'Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards 2016 - winners'

WWD | 'The New York Times Looks to Visual Journalism for Growth'

Nieman Lab | 'The Telegraph is trying to streamline soccer live blogging with an automated graphic system'


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

Xerox | '35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World'

Tulp Interactive | Make custom, generative spirographs

FiveThirtyEight | 'The 25 Most Rewatchable Movies Of All Time'

The Verge | 'The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret: it's not really yours'