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 April 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Taylor Baldwin | 'All the Buildings in Manhattan'

Twitter | ...and another view that shows 'All the buildings of Manhattan, silhouetted, ordered by height'

Twitter | 'Starting my first #the100dayproject I’m calling it #DayDohViz' | ' is a collection of unusual charts and maps, managed by Maarten Lambrechts.'

Data on Curves | 'This site collects examples of data visualizations using curves.'

The Guardian | 'Gender pay gap: when does your company stop paying women in 2018?'

The Guardian | ...and 'Gender pay gap: what we learned and how to fix it'

National Geographic | 'Billions of bird migrate. Where do they go?'

Corriere Della Sera | [Translated from Italian] 'The most visited pages on Italian Wikipedia in 2017'

Vallandingham | 'Multivariate Map Collection'

Twitter | I'm not entirely 100% clear what the story is about but an interesting visual thread analysing front page newspaper coverage of Spanish politician Cristina Cifuentes

Reddit | 'Songs have gotten louder over time'

Washington Post | 'ISIS fighters returning home'

The Pudding | 'Today you will participate in an interactive experiment about the birthday paradox.'

Tableau Public | 'The Masters Golf: Boys Keep Swinging'

John Burn-Murdoch | 'The top goal-scorers in elite club football since 1980'

Topi Tjukanov | 'How far can you drive in one hour in different European capitals'

Tableau Public | 'Protecting Common Swift breeding sites'

Axios | 'Yes, there really is a lot of space junk'

Texty | 'A first detailed map about huge ecological impact of illegal amber mining in Ukraine based on satellite images'


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 | 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to d3.js'

Medium | '1801 newsletter: Special Times archive edition' - a wonderful collection compiled by Peter Yeung of visuals from The Times archieves

QZ | 'A brief history of the scatter plot—data visualization’s greatest invention'

Medium | 'Creating the conditions for design to flourish'

FT | 'Dump the PowerPoints and do data properly — or lose money'

Medium | 'Improving Adoption of Data Products Using Gamification'

Anita Graser | 'Movement data in GIS: issues & ideas'

Data Revelations | 'Rethinking the divergent stacked bar chart — placing the stronger views in the center'

Medium | 'State of the interactive journalism: overcoming newsrooms crisis'

Learning & Development

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

Datawrapper | 'Climbing higher, one step at the time: Interpolation, explained'

FT | 'Data visualisation: how the FT newsroom designs maps'

13pt | 'Design for an Audience' - another masterpiece annotated talk from Jonathan Corum

Leo Zhicheng Liu | Paper: 'Frames and Slants in Titles of Visualizations on Controversial Topics' by Ha-Kyung Kong, Zhicheng Liu, and Karrie Karahalios

Figshare | Paper: 'Printing Walkable Visualizations' by Dario Rodighiero

Medium | 'Viz Palette for Data Visualization Color'

Visualizing Health | 'This site contains 54 examples of tested visualizations – that is, graphic displays of health information that we’ve evaluated through research among the general public'

Subject News

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

PolicyViz | '5 Ways to Make Sure Your Event Includes Talented, Diverse Speakers'

Data Illustrator | An exciting new Tool: 'Create infographics and data visualizations without programming'

Twitter | 'Today, I was proud to introduce a resolution naming April 26 as International #ChartDay'

Staffwriter | New Tool: 'Simply build and publish interactive stories'

Policy Viz | 'The Graphic Continuum Match It Game'

Twitter | 'Data Visualization Type Catalogs' - fascinating to see how viral this tweet went


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

Vimeo | 'A brief look at the earth from above, based on the shapes we make, the game of life, our playing ground - Arena.'

Dent Reality | 'Dent Reality is building simple tools that make it easy for retailers to integrate incredible AR experiences into their own apps.'

The Guardian | 'Games console: Dan Hett, the indie game designer pouring his grief into interactive art'

Twitter | 'This is what the world map sounds like on the piano'

Kickstarter | 'Will Burtin - neglected giant of design'