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 December 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Maarten Lambrechts | 'The list of 2017 visualization lists' - Saving me about 30 entries in this month's roundup, here's Maarten's compilation of all the major end of year visualisation lists, featuring collections of work from the array of media graphic teams and other prominent visualisation folks

Huffington Post | 'Voucher Schools Championed By Betsy DeVos Can Teach Whatever They Want. Turns Out They Teach Lies.'

New York Times | 'We Asked 615 Men About How They Conduct Themselves at Work'

AFP | 'Stray Bullets: Violence and broken lives in Rio'

New York Times | 'The Year From Above'

Twitter | 'National Geographic Magazine has published its cover number 1500', here they all are in gif form

Urban Demographics | Useful. 'Chart of the Day: socket patterns worldwide'

New York Times | 'Among the Tax Bill's Biggest Losers: High-Income, Blue State Taxpayers'

FT | 'Banks set to move fewer than 4,600 City jobs over Brexit'

Twitter | 'Little Saturday morning abstract dataviz project, visualising airports using flightradar24 flight path data for last Tuesday.'

Axios | 'Wildfires are burning longer and hotter each year'

Medium | Yannick Assogba's 'Data visualization favorites from 2017'

Everyday Dashboards | 'Real use cases of Tableau. Real dashboards made by real users like you.'

The Guardian | 'Follow that stork! How animals move through cities - mapped'

New York Times | 'Trump's Lies vs. Obama's Lies'

Morgenpost | 'Where women earn more than men'

Dueling Data | '3 Types of Data Visualizations'

The Guardian | 'Bussed out: How America moves its homeless'

Washington Post | 'Will your taxes go up or down in 2018 under the new tax bill?'

Bloomberg | 'How the Populist Right Is Redrawing the Map of Europe'

New York Times | 'How the 'Small-Business Tax Cut' Would Also Be a Tax Cut for the Wealthy'

Reuters | 'The Rohingya Crisis: Life in the camps'

Twitter | 'All my runs (2011-2017) plotted from @Strava data'

Huffington Post | There's all sorts to unpack in this! 'Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression.'

WSJ | 'Millions of People Post Comments on Federal Regulations. Many Are Fake.'

Twitter | 'More than 3 million Tweets about the #MeToo movement. Explore how it spread on Twitter in its first week with this visualization of the volume & top Tweets.'

Jim Vallandingham | 'Multivariate Map Collection'

Our World in Data | 'Natural Catastrophes'

SCMP | 'Getting away from work in 2018'

Creative New Zealand | 'Our Year in Review: Creative New Zealand'

The Guardian | 'Read this before you have a baby (especially if you're a woman)'

Twitter | 'The Super moon rising over Nairobi, Kenya'

ESRI | 'Seismic Illumination: Pacific Rim Earthquakes as the Echo of A Planetary Process'

Reuters | Character appearances in Star Wars movies

FT | 'Bregrets? Why Britain has had few over Europe'

Vox | 'A series of six documentaries - the human stories behind lines on a map'

Washington Post | 'Can Democrats win back the House in 2018? It'll be tough.'

New York Times | 'The Reckoning: Women and power in the workplace'

SCMP | 'Who's favourite to survive round one of the World Cup?'


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

Datawrapper | '"The key to a good data story is the story itself"'

Road To Larissa | '2017 Chart Diary'

Medium | 'A short story about a bot, colors, and optimism, hopefully!'

Boston Globe | 'At Google in Cambridge, she's working 'to invent the future'' - nice interview with Fernanda Viégas

FT | 'Design secrets behind the FT's best charts of the year'

Twitter | 'The fact that not everything you'd like to know is shown in one single graph doesn't make it a bad graph though'

Quartz | 'How I, the New York Times election needle, turned failure into my greatest advantage'

Interview Magazine | 'The designer using data to tackle mass incarceration'

Medium | 'The State of The Pudding, 2018'

Richmond | 'Renewing Inequality: Urban Renewal, Family Displacements, and Race 1955-1966'

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Mike Vizneros | Great visuals and really nice project write-up by Mike: 'Art For Earth's Sake'

Learno | Some excellent courses developed by Maarten Lambrechts including 'Mapping for Journalists' and 'Charting Tools for the Newsroom'

Subject News

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

Reddit | 'DataIsBeautiful Battles: Create, compete, and see if you can win Reddit gold in our monthly DataViz competition!'

Amazon | New Book: 'The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing' by Caleb Scharf and illustrated by Ron Miller

Observable | New tool: 'Observable is a better way to code. Discover insights faster and communicate more effectively with interactive notebooks for data analysis, visualization, and exploration.'

p5PlayGround | New tool: 'p5.playground: an Interactive Programming Tool for p5.js (in progress)'

Amazon | New Book: 'Stats, Records & Rock 'N' Roll' by by Daniel Tatarsky and‎ Ian Preece


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

The Guardian | 'American reams: why a 'paperless world' still hasn't happened'

Better Explained | 'Colorized Math Equations'

Deven Wisner | 'For the consultants and consultants-to-be: expert advice.'

Justin O'Beirne | 'How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?'

NewsCo Shift | 'My Internet Mea Culpa. I'm sorry I was wrong. We all were.'

Twitter | There's has been a lot of discussion about the appropriate this 'To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?'

Open Railway Map | 'A detailed online map of the world's railway infrastructure, built on OpenStreetMap data'

Twitter | 'This has to be the most incredible stat I've seen this year'

BBC | 'Person of the Year: Time magazine explains mystery arm'

Washington Post | 'What's a Wendy's doing there? The story of Washington's weirdest traffic circle.'

Medium | 'Why does it always rain on me?'