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 May 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

National Geographic | 'We analyzed 8,000 of Picasso's works. Here's what they reveal about him'

World Bank | 'The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018'

Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee | 'Simulating Equity: An interactive simulation to explore the social dynamics and consequences of school segregation'

Truth & Beauty | 'Multiplicity: A collective photographic city portrait'

The Loneliness Project | 'The Loneliness Project is the first chapter of An Imperfect Archive of Us, a digital space to cultivate compassion—for others, but especially for ourselves.'

The Pudding | 'The Musical Diversity of Pop Songs'

The Economist | 'Britain cuts the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals'

Reuters | 'Concrete and coral: Tracking expansion in the South China Sea'

Washington Post | 'Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California’s freshwater'

Clever Franke | 'Cycleviz; A CLEVER°FRANKE design concept'

De Volkskrant | 'Can we actually feed the world?' [Translated from Dutch]

Dueling Data | 'Super Bowl Poster'

John Grimwade | 'Eight by Eight: World Cup Issue'

Tableau Public | 'Gender & Ethnic Disparities in Tech Companies'

Mike Freeman | 'An Introduction to Hierarchical Modeling'

New York Times | 'How 2 M.T.A. Decisions Pushed the Subway Into Crisis'

Tableau Public | 'Top 50 NBA Scoring Leaders'

Reuters | 'How the monsoon could devastate Rohingya camps'

SwissInfo | 'How work has evolved for Switzerland’s women and men'

National Geographic | 'Explore 100 Years of National Geographic Pull-Out Maps'

Univision | 'Interactive: all the lies of Trump and Clinton face to face and at a glance' (Translated from Spanish, published 2016)

Joshua Stevens | The extremely fine selected works of Joshua Stevens

Axios | 'Here's every volcano that has erupted since Krakatoa'

Tableau Public | 'Shakespeare: Spoken Words by Character and Scene'

Zapnito | 'Springer Nature Expert Communities Visualised'

Stats, Maps n Pix | 'The Shape of American Democracy, v1.0'

FT | 'The fight to own Antarctica'

The Pudding | 'The Greatest Single-Season in the Last 30 Years of Sports'

SCMP | 'The China Ship'

BBC | 'The Friday night rush: How far can you get in an hour?'

National Geographic | 'What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Out'

Tableau | 'An investigation of gamebook-based kid lit in the 1970s'


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

Vallandingham | 'Animating uncertainty'

Stamen | 'What is data visualization for?'

Chez Voila | 'The convoluted making of a simple chart'

Medium | 'I’m Leaving Microsoft Research for a Startup'

IdN World | 'IdN v24n5: Infographics & User Interfaces'

Mike Vizneros | 'Kill Your Darlings'

Somethingaboutmaps | 'On airline mapping'

Xenographics | 'On Graphonyms: the Importance of Chart Type Names'

Junk Charts | 'Understanding scales and normalization, for better measurement'

Econbrowser | 'Use of logarithms in economics'

Eager Eyes | 'Visualization: Three Alternate Histories'

Chez Voila | '5 tips for visualizing concepts'

Medium | 'What charts mean'

Data Remixed | 'What’s the Biggest Challenge for Data Workers Today?'

McKinsey | 'Where is technology taking the economy?'

Eager Eyes | 'Seven Visualization Talks That Terrified Me At CHI'

Data Remixed | 'You Need to Read Hans Rosling’s Factfulness'

Learning & Development

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

Bauhaus Weimar | 'Touch the Time: Touch-Centered Interaction Paradigms for Time-Oriented Data'

Data Viz Today | 'Episode 12: How to Encourage Exploration Without Interactivity - Featured Data Viz by Krisztina Szucs'

Datawrapper | 'Why not to use two axes, and what to use instead'

Aviz | Paper: 'Picturing Science: Design Patterns in Graphical Abstracts' by Jessica Hullman and Benjamin Bach

Twitter | 'A quick audit of the #dataviz colour palettes'

Andrew Whitby | 'Making of: comparative treemaps'

Jackson Two | 'The Shape of Shakespeare’s Sonnets | #IronViz Books & Literature'

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper: 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow: An Empirical Assessment of Quantitative Colormaps' by Yang Liu and Jeffrey Heer

Slides | 'Statistical pitfalls in news' a presentation by Maarten Lambrechts at Dataharvest

Twitter | 'Thinking with Data Visualizations, Fast and Slow. Summary of @OpenVisConf Paris 2018 talk (May15 2pm) (1/11)'

Datawrapper | 'What to consider when choosing colors for data visualization'

Subject News

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

Taschen | New Book: 'Crazy Competitions. 100 Weird and Wonderful Rituals from Around the World' illustrated by Nigel Holmes

Uber | 'From Beautiful Maps to Actionable Insights: Introducing, Uber’s Open Source Geospatial Toolbox'

ESA | 'Gaia’s Stellar Family Portrait'

Math With Bad Drawings | 'Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality', by Ben Orlin

Amazon | 'The Minard System: The Complete Statistical Graphics of Charles-Joseph Minard' by Sandra Rendgen

Peabody | 'Celebrating 2017 Futures of Media Awards' (congrats to The Pudding)

Eager Eyes | 'VisComm Workshop at VIS and Tapestry 2018'


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 | 'Native English speakers are the world's worst communicators'

Arch Daily | 'How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses'

Twitter | 'Variation in intensifier choice for the 30 most frequent intensified adjectives'

Twitter | 'New type of display seen in Hong Kong'

The Guardian | 'Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings''

Art Beyond Sight | 'How the Blind Draw'

Creative Review | 'How the BBC world cup film was made'