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 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

The Pudding | 'Someone clever once said Women were not allowed pockets'

The Guardian | 'Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't'

The Economist | 'Reimagine the game'

Reuters | 'Australia's drought: The cancer eating away at farms'

Tableau | 'Premier League Sports Viz Sunday'

Instagram | 'Michelle Rial: I make charts out of things'

New York Times | 'Apple’s Value Hit $1 Trillion. Add Disney to Bank of America and ... You’re Halfway There'

Scientific American | 'Renewable Energy Saves Water and Creates Jobs'

Hilltop Analytics | 'Football Wind Maps'

FT | '3,453 days and $18tn later, the US bull market hits record run'

FiveThirtyEight | 'Forecasting the race for the House'

The Pudding | 'Film or Digital? Breaking Down Hollywood's Choice of Shooting Medium'

Scientific American | 'A Century of Global Warming, in Just 35 Seconds'

SBS | 'All work no stay'

Washington Post | 'Are Frosted Mini-Wheats less frosted than their generic competitors? An investigation.'

Telegraph | 'Cities in the face of drought'

Reuters | 'Devastation in Lombok'

Twitter | 'As a prelude to the Water themed #IronViz entries in @tableau, here's my animated visualisation of Handel's Water Music Alla Hornpipe '

New York Times | 'Trump’s Growing Obsession With the "Witch Hunt"'

BBC | 'Artist's paper cup pyramid highlights waste problem'

Twitter | 'Visualizations of eight different ways of shuffling sixty-four cards'

Vox | 'All life on Earth, in one staggering chart'

Arch Daily | 'Social Inequality, As Seen From The Sky'

Stats, Maps n Pix | 'Watching the ships go by'

Deadspin | 'The Beautiful Infographics Of Ted Williams's The Science Of Hitting'

NORC | An impressive body of visualisation work in this digital annual report


These are references to written articles, discourse or interviews about visualisation.

Medium | 'Data visualisation, from 1987 to today: Looking back over 30 years of making charts and maps for The Economist'

Datawrapper | 'Election reporting: Which color for which party?'

Scientific American | 'End of the Rainbow? New Map Scale Is More Readable by People Who Are Color Blind'

Questions in Dataviz | 'Haven’t I seen this somewhere before?'

VizSimply | 'Interview with Nadieh Bremer'

Twitter | 'Here comes a thread on the "streamgraph" chart type used in the @FinancialTimes graphic on Premier League shirt sponsors'

Sarah Loves Data | 'Reflecting On My First 100 Tableau Public Vizzes'

Medium | 'Why I’m backing Vega-Lite as our default tool for data visualisation'

Learning & Development

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

ArcGIS Blog | Two great pieces from John Nelson, firstly 'Chernoff Faces'...

ArcGIS Blog | ...and 'Rivers of Plastic'

Datawrapper | Notes from the August 'Data Vis Book Club' reviewing “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” by Edward Tufte

Simply Statistics | 'Constructing a Data Analysis'

DataCamp | Podcast: 'Data Journalism & Interactive Visualization with Amber Thomas'

Charticulator | New tool: 'Charticulator - Interactive Construction of Bespoke Chart Layouts'

Source | 'How We Made “Sending Even More Immigrants to Prison”'

Dagstuhl | Paper: 'How Do Texture and Color Communicate Uncertainty in Climate Change Map Displays?' by Irene Johannsen, Sara Irina Fabrikant, and Mariele Evers

Interworks | 'Making a Packed Circle Grid in Tableau'

Medium | 'Making a Whimsical Data Visualization'

OSF | Opinion Paper: 'Open Practices in Visualization Research' by Steve Haroz

PolicyViz | 'Working Paper: Graphs in the American Economic Review'

Source | 'How We Made the New Big Mac Index Interactive'

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, such as new sites or resources, new book titles and other notable developments.

Framer | 'Framer X: the best tool for designing digital products from start to finish'

Twitter | 'Here's a thread about some of the work we're doing in #datajournalism and #ddj…'

PA Press | New Book: 'W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America' by Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert


Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data, technology or visual theme.

The Guardian | 'Millennia of human activity': heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites'

YouTube | 'An AI that can transform a soccer game into a 3D hologram'

Qantas | 'Fly the Dreamliner'

Icons8 | 'Cool Fonts vs. Best Fonts: Fonts That People Actually Use'

Adeevee | 'WWF Japan Environmental Awareness: Eagle, Wolf, Gorilla' (pixels indicate number of each species remaining)

Infogr8 | 'The Art and Science of Insta-worthy Food Photography'

Mr Chris Addison | 'Yes You Can And Neither Can They'