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 2016.


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

WSJ | 'A Field Guide to Red and Blue America'

FiveThirtyEight | 'Who will win the presidency?' - here's the flagship 538 viz for this election

Polygraph | 'The songs and technique of famed DJ Grandmaster Flash'

Data Sketches | A 12 month collaboration between Nadieh and Shirley 'Each month, we choose a topic and aim to have a visualization completed by the end of the month.'

New York Times | 'Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame By Frame'

Smoky Mountains | 'The Fall Foliage Prediction Map: 2016 edition'

New York Times | 'From the Slowest Swim to the Fastest Bike, Gold Medal Racing Speeds on the Same Scale'

AESM Physiotherapy | 'Youngest and oldest olympic gold medalists'

The Guardian | 'How Katie Ledecky obliterated her own world record in the 400m freestyle' (See whole series, links at the bottom)

ONS | 'Save the date: Looking at marriage registrations in more detail, by month and by date, shows some interesting patterns.'

New York Times | All their Rio 2016 Interactive Stories in one place...

New York Times | ...but I must highlight one of my favourites: 'Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood'

Cool Green Science | 'Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change'

PLOS One | Paper: 'Innovative Visualizations Shed Light on Avian Nocturnal Migration' (multiple authors)

SRF | (Translated) 'Thanks to a new survey method linguists have first evaluated the speech habits of around 670,000 German people.'

Swim Swam | 'Was there a problem with the Rio pool?'


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

Medium | 'About Trump’s hands... Are they really that tiny? We do the stats!'

Ann K Emery | 'How the sketching process works'

Guardian | 'Can you get to know a person through data alone?'

Medium | 'Data design & comics — What Alan Moore and the red thread can teach us about information design'

Source | 'How we rebuilt the Wall Street Journal's graphics team'

ProPublica | 'Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design'

Michael Babwahsingh | 'Saving Information Design History: Part 2' (with link in there to Part 1)

FT | 'Simple techniques for bridging the graphics language gap'

EagerEyes | Grumpy Kosara Part 1: 'Stacked Bars Are the Worst'

EagerEyes | Grumpy Kosara Part 2: 'The Repetitive and Boring History of Visualization'

Learning & Development

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

D3 in Depth | 'D3 in Depth (by the excellent Peter Cook) aims to bridge the gap between introductory tutorials/books and the official documentation.'

Google Sheets | 'This spreadsheet tracks the items published in Data Is Plural, a weekly newsletter highlighting useful and curious datasets'

Medium | 'Design Better Data Tables'

Vimeo | Paolo Ciuccarelli's talk from Eyeo Festival 2016 'The Poetics of Data Experiences (and How to Teach it)'

Questions in DataViz | 'How should you prepare a visualisation project?' (Perhaps a shameless inclusion because Neil references my book extensively but very nice to see it in practice)

Poynter | 'How The New York Times used its archives to make the past a (virtual) reality'

ONS | 'In a relationship – it’s complicated: A strategy for choosing the right chart.'

Facebook | From 2014 but worth another bump 'Methods for Exploratory Media Analysis' by Lev Manovich

YouTube | 'News Lab Data Visualization Round Up with Alberto Cairo August 2016'

ProPublica | 'Here are all of the materials we used to teach the 2016 ProPublica Data Institute: slides, exercises, links, and homework.'

Ben Collins | 'Recreating Tufte’s famous weather chart with Google Sheets and Charts API'

Oceanography | 'True Colors of Oceanography: Guidelines for Effective and Accurate Colormap Selection'

ViljamiS | 'Typography for User Interfaces'

Subject News

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

Kyrandale | New book: 'Data visualization with Python and JavaScript' by Kyran Dale

Mapbox | 'Announcing the Mapbox Studio dataset editor'

John Grimwade | New blog! If you had a wish list of people who you would want to see starting a blog, John would be in the top 5

Winning With Analytics | New Blog by Dr Bill Gerrard on the use of analytics in sport


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

New York Times | 'Can You Beat Usain Bolt Out of the Blocks?'...

FT | ... as well as 'On Your Marks! Can you react faster than an Olympic athlete?'

Variance Explained | 'Text analysis of Trump's tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half'

Robert Grant Stats | 'Want some data that look a certain way or have certain stats, but don't have the time to look for a suitable data set or write a program to simulate it? Draw it'

Mewo2 | 'Generating fantasy maps'

Lisa Rost | 'How I Feel When I Have A Conversation'

Font Squirrel | 'Upload an image with type and we’ll identify the fonts that match.'

New York Times | 'Driving tips: How You Can Help Limit Traffic Jams'

c82 | 'National Parks Posters: Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with beautifully detailed posters of every park.'

Mother Jones | 'This Is What's Missing From Journalism Right Now'

The Verge | 'Welcome to Airspace: How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world'