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 2016.


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

Transit Oriented | 'Mini metros', creating small simplified metro map icons

Harvard Medical School | 'The Evolution of Bacteria on a "Mega-Plate" Petri Dish'

Blocks | ...and here's a simulation of the 'antibiotic resistance' shown in the video above

TwentyTwoWords | 'Keyboard as a 3-D bar graph showing how frequently each letter is used'

ESA | 'Star Mapper: A visualisation based on data from the European Space Agency's Hipparcos star mapper'

XKCD | 'A timeline of Earth's Average Temperature'

Financial Times | 'A visual history of women's tennis'

BBC | 'Journey to the centre of the Earth' - project developed for the BBC by 'Beyond Words Studio'

Road Trees | 'The Roads of USA'

Morgenpost | [Translated] 'Berlin-Marathon 2016 - Your city is going fast'

EagerEyes | Nice new website feature, the 'Interactive Blog Calendar'

Bloomberg | 'Decoding Big Pharma’s Secret Drug Pricing Practices'

Visualeyed | 'Plastic Garbage Islands: Some facts about a world’s production that’s harming our Oceans. And us.'

YouTube | 'Profiling the Parks is a data-driven, hand drawn exploration of the US National Parks by RJ Andrews'

Adventures in Mapping | 'Recruitment Neighbourhoods: The Overlapping Turf of the Top 25 College Football Programs'

Umbel | Lots of different ways of visualising the Presidential debates (can't show them all) but I really like this expressive approach showing the frequency, split and duration of each speaker speaking

Vox | ... and here's a nice visual summary how 'Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spent most of the debate not answering the questions'

FiveThirtyEight | 'What Would It Take To Turn States?'

Creative Review | 'How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide audiences'

Todd W Schneider | 'The Simpsons by the Data: Analysis of 27 seasons of Simpsons data reveals the show’s most significant side characters, a pattern of patriarchy, declining TV ratings, and more'

New York Times | 'A Sharp Increase In ‘Sunny Day’ Flooding'

The Upshot | This began in September but has grown somewhat, 'The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List'

New York Times | 'The Most Detailed Map of Gay Marriage in America'

World Economic Forum | 'This visualization shows you 24 hours of global air traffic – in just 4 seconds'

Twitter | 'Here's another way of looking at Jeremy Corbyn's first 12 months compared to other Labour leaders'


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

Scientific American | 'Visualizing Polls: A playful, explorable explanation demonstrates the impact of chance on poll results'

NKB | 'Data-Driven Journalism in a post-truth public sphere'

The Guardian | 'How algorithms rule our working lives'

The Design Team | 'How to pretend you’re a great designer'

John Grimwade | 'When infographic dinosaurs roamed the Earth'

National Geographic | 'How Mapmakers Make Mountains Rise Off the Page'

Medium | 'One for the books: information design in the real world'

3danim8 | 'How To Achieve Better Data Comprehension, Part 1'

John Grimwade | 'The Hollywood effect: How movies influence the real world of Information Design'

Info We Trust | ...and kind of linked, 'DataViz in the Movies'

Trifacta | 'Tableau Software from the Early Days: Tableau’s first intern reflects'

Stats Bomb | 'New Tech and a little story about Neymar, Andros, and Eden Hazard'

The Atlantic | 'The Age of Entanglement: Why humans should think about technology the way field biologists examine the living world'

Design | 'Lena Groeger on Discrimination By Design'

Wired | 'Tech giants team up to fix typography's biggest problem'

Reddit | 'Orientation of international borders by continent'

Medium | Remember when Brexit was the most prominent unbelievable thing a huge population of people voted for? 'Brexit — a story in maps'. Such innocent times.

BBC | 'Getting a sense of statistics - by eating them'

Medium | 'Designing for Other (Than Straight, White, Rich Men)'

Robin Kwong | 'What history can tell us about the future of interactive journalism'

Journalism | 'Journalism jobs of the near future, according to Amy Webb'

The Upshot | 'We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data. They Had Four Different Results.'

Learning & Development

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

Lisa Charlotte Rost | 'How I Feel When I Learn To Code'

PolicyViz | 'Where to Position the Y-Axis Label'

Fell In Love With Data | 'InfoVis Course Diary: Flipping My Class and Other Innovations'

Clear Science | An occasional reminder of the backlog of 'Points of View' columns published in Nature Methods

Subject News

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

Juxtapose | Useful tool I'm sure for some: 'JuxtaposeJS helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and GIFs'

Tilegrams | Super nice resource from Pitch Interactive providing a means for creating custom tiled maps (of the USA)

The Slow Journalism Company | 'Delayed Gratification is the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine'

PowerBI | 'Announcing ArcGIS Maps for Power BI by Esri (Preview)'

Vimeo | Short video about the exhibition 'Everyda(y)ta' - "From statistics to user-generated content, guest curator Thomas Clever (CLEVERºFRANKE) selected an international and current overview of innovative data visualization"

Austin Clemens | 'Playfair: an open source web app for creating annotated charts'

UnDark | 'Climate Data for the Masses'


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

BBC | 'How Britain's rural routes are mapped'

Better Humans | 'Cognitive bias cheat sheet. Because thinking is hard.'

YouTube | 'Where the "comic book font" came from'

The Guardian | 'How to stay happy when the sky is falling in'

The Guardian | 'David Hockney on what turns a picture into a masterpiece'

Twitter | 'The spines of these books are arranged to look like a map of the UK. The titles also have the names of nearby cities'

Washington Post | 'What life is really like in "America’s worst place to live"'