Best of the visualisation web… February 2020

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 February 2020. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Wall Street Journal | ‘Where Are All the Women CEOs?’

@Humphreytalks | ‘Jeff Bezos net worth represented visually by rice.’

@EdConwaySky | ‘This is a story about a chart. A pretty astonishing chart. A chart that has all sorts of consequences, including misleading ministers, distorting our view on the nature of the UK economy and creating a genuine mystery about what’s going on in the bowels of the UK economy’

@JanWillemTulp | ‘For the Dutch Railways, I have created an interactive #dataviz for their 2019 annual report that shows train travel on an average working day’

Washington Post | ‘An Illustrated History of the Super Bowl Halftime Show’

Unearthed | ‘The pesticide giants making billions on toxic and bee-harming chemicals’

@GurmanBhatia | ‘Here is a thread with everything we have done at @reutersgraphics on the new #coronavirus coronavirus.’ [A long growing thread that started on Feb 1st]

Financial Times | ‘A new look at antique US railroad maps reveals how cities grew over the past 200 years. The FT’s Alan Smith and Steven Bernard trace how cities, people and the economy spread from coast to coast’

SND | ‘The Society for News Design’s 8 finalists for World’s Best-Designed™ in Digital’

Economist | ‘Data from Spotify suggest that listeners are gloomiest in February’

New York Times | ‘Results: The Most Detailed Map of the Iowa Democratic Caucus’

Fathom | Nice fresh website design for this excellent information design group

@CraigTaylorViz | …and likewise from Craig Taylor, with loads more of his great projects

Go4Trees | …and on the same theme, a very nice collection of work from Liuhuaying Yang, a data visualization practitioner based in Singapore

Washington Post | ‘Congrats! You dump 100 plastic bottles in nature each year’

Economist | ‘Covid-19 is now in 50 countries, and things will get worse’ (including one of the first ‘flatten the curve’ graphics published to a mainstream audience)

@jscarto | ‘Amid efforts to reduce pollution in #China, the signal from quarantines remains clear’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘…how #coronavirus shows up in Chinese data’

@JZarracina | ‘The cruise ship Diamond Princess has the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside Mainland China.’

@HeikkiVesanto | ‘Ireland 2020 Election Results. Hex map of results, and constituencies split into equal areas based on number of seats.’

@porridgebrain | ‘I decided that this year, every day, I would knit a row on a scarf to mark the corresponding daily temperature/weather of my town.’

@robdelaney | [About America’s Economic Pie…] ‘Can’t believe this is on CBS. This guy @tonydokoupil is so good; such a light touch.’

@abmakulec | ‘Visualizing a year with little one in pizza slices and a pizza box.’

@veltman | ‘There’s a big genre of news graphics that are about showing that a huge number is really huge, or a tiny number is really tiny…’

@MonaChalabi | ‘Meet Jason Korn’

Wall Street Journal | ‘The Week That Wiped $3.4 Trillion off the Stock Market’

@ScienceManga | ‘Working with Professional Illustrators to Visualize Your Science’ booklet issued from Kyoto University

Medium | ‘Emoting with Pop Culture’

@VizWizBI | ‘Visualizing the Geography of TV Stations’

@ChrisDanforth | ‘A new instrument for visualizing temporal changes in a complex system’

@DavisVilums | ‘Exactly 5 years ago I started my journey to visit every single street in Central London. This is how London’s grid emerges, using only my cycling journeys.’

@adamemccann | Really nice demonstration of the new animated transition effects in Tableau

@jburnmurdoch | ‘How do footballers compare to the stars of US sports in terms of stature?’

Mother Jones | ‘Mike Bloomberg Is Way Richer Than People Realize’

@ThamKhaiMeng | ‘Japanese newspaper uses Augmented Reality to show animated charts.’

Bloomberg | ‘Airbnb to America’s Big Cities: See You in Court’

The Pudding | ‘Do Authors Write Where They Know?’

S2S4E | Very nice methods for visualising temperature forecasts

@AlexSteffen | ‘This is the simplest graphical representation of ongoing, repeated foresight failure I’ve ever seen.’

Articles

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

Esri | ‘Mapping coronavirus, responsibly’

BBC | ‘Coronavirus: How a misleading map went global’

Voila | ‘The genius of Hans Rosling, frame by frame’

NN group | ‘Dark Mode vs. Light Mode: Which Is Better?’

Economist | ‘Why you sometimes need to break the rules in data viz’

Social Research Association | ‘Dr Reka Solymosi describes how she has found ways to communicate about crime data and analysis with young people’

Nightingale | ‘The Hidden Data Story Behind Super Bowl Tickets’

The Times | ‘‘Expected threat’, ‘width per sequence’ – the statistical metrics you haven’t heard of’

Info We Trust | ‘”Illustration Invades Everything” – Reflections by Minard on his graphical impact.’

Learning & Development

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

@maartenzam | ‘Starting a hands on class on data visualisation at an arts school tomorrow. I’ll just give the students an assignment, and a list of tools. Here are the #dataviz tools…’

@spatialanalysis | ‘Here’s a colour breaks cheatsheet for those who don’t know their quantiles from their elbow….
It’s great advice for choosing how to colour maps and other dataviz.’

OSF Preprints | New paper: ‘A Probabilistic Grammar of Graphics’ by Xiaoying Pu and Matthew Kay

@mslima | ‘I’m trying to collect examples where data visualization led to tangible and measurable impact in a given area.’

@AmyCesal | ‘We’ve collected links to resources about data visualization that were previously scattered across the internet’

Interaction Design Foundation | ‘Shneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces’

Subject News

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

Johns Hopkins University Press | New Book: ‘Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings’ by Valerie Trouet

@sabinedevins | ‘I made an @instagram filter that tells you what kind of #datavis you are with #sparkAR try it!’

Datylon | ‘We are live! Our dataviz plugin for Illustrator is now available!’

Sundries

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

Guardian | ‘How Finland starts its fight against fake news in primary schools’

@MandiCai | ‘Because of the delayed results,
@nytimes’s Iowa Caucus pages feel like worksheets for my homework due Friday’

@MatthewACherry | The origin tweet of an idea that, four years later, becomes a Oscar winning short film…

Wired | ‘Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet’

@jonmummolo | Paper showing that ‘probabilistic election forecasts like FiveThirtyEight confuse voters & decrease turnout’

New York Times | ‘Take One Last Look at the (Many) Plastic Bags of New York’

@DesignMuseum | ‘To mark the final day of #halfterm, tomorrow’s #fontsunday is dedicated to children’s TV shows. Send in your fondest memories…’

Best of the visualisation web… January 2020

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 January 2020. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Morning Consult | ‘Can You Locate Iran? Few Voters Can.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast?’

Bloomberg | Bloomberg’s “Live Climate Scoreboard
for the World” which includes a link to this components, ‘Tree Loss: It’s not just the Amazon rainforest.’

Tableau Public | ‘The Shapes of the PGA Tour’

@Cchurchili | ‘Eastern #China is the worlds factory’

@data_ink | ‘”Rocket” Ronnie: The Fastest Ever 147 Break’

Vis4.net | ‘2019 was hotter than normal – but what does this even mean?’

Reuters | ‘Sizing up Australia’s bushfires’

New York Times | ‘Killer Slime, Dead Birds, an Expunged Map: The Dirty Secrets of European Farm Subsidies’

Carbon Brief | ‘The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond’

Washington Post | ‘The illustrated encyclopedia of sleeping positions on a plane’

Digital Times | ‘The best of the Times Interactive team’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘A portrait of weekend working in the UK, told through people & numbers’

C82 | ‘Goethe’s Colors: A visual catalogue of the colours mentioned in Goethe’s Theory of Colours from 1810’

@AndrewM_Webb | ‘To count an animal population if you can’t catch them all…’

Info We Trust | ‘Couture Cartography: These hand-stitched maps will fill you with joy.’

National Geographic | ‘Here’s how coronavirus spreads on a plane—and the safest place to sit’

Jane Zhang | ‘Beyond the Surface: Data visualizations of mental health’

Reuters | ‘Assessing Australia’s “ecological disaster”’

@aLucasLopez | ‘Auschwitz, 75th anniversay: Graphic novel + infographics + journalism. By Josemi Benitez’

Color Theft | ‘The visualization shows the most used colors of 50 artists. Each artist has their individual color footprint.’

Scientific American | ‘”Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise ‘

@AlexanderVar7 | ‘Here is my new viz “Japanese Architectural Heritage”. Used colored 3d models in #tableau’

National Geographic | ‘Weather shows evidence of climate change every single day since 2012’

@Koen_VdE | ‘Europe leads the way in banning harmful pesticides’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Who Will Win The 2020 Democratic Primary?’

Washington Post | ‘Taal volcano’s crater lake is nearly empty’

Estadao | ‘An AI-Guided Tour Of Museo Del Prado’ [Translated]

SCMP | All the online visualisation and infographics works by South China Morning Post in one place

Reuters | ‘Australian Bushfires: A devastated east coast’

New York Times | ‘Excavating The Computer Room’

National Geographic | ‘The Pacific’s Fiery Ring: See where dangerous volcanoes lurk along the Ring of Fire’

FlowingData | ‘Guessing Names Based on What They Start With’

The Guardian | ‘Visual guide: see how Australia’s bushfires are raging across the country’

Peter Cook | ‘Interactive organograms ‘

Washington Post | ‘More than 1 million fires in Australia detected by satellites since September’

@KieranMaguire | ‘A Wolves fan asked me to calculate the average weekly wage paid by clubs in the Premier League every year since its formation.’

@ryanwmckenna | ‘It’s been over a month since the general election. This is a summary of the whole design process and the technology that our live graphics team used across BBC One Scotland, BBC Scotland & BBC Alba’

Reuters | ‘The 5% at Davos
The outsiders inside the bubble of the World Economic Forum’

@O_Syringa_Z | ‘Had fun making gradient colored Mekko chart to describe the area & depth of world lakes.’

@InfoVanguardia | ‘Visual chronicle of the concert of Rosalia’ [Translated]

Stamen | ‘2019: Data visualization projects by Stamen Design’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘How I Became Myself Again: What Writing Did for My Self-Worth in 2019’

Nightingale | ‘2019 Was the Year Data Visualization Hit the Mainstream’

Viz Zen Data | ‘#MomsWhoViz: Interview with Karen Hinson’

Nightingale | ‘The Cycle of Encoding and Decoding: How does data visualization work?’

Interaction Design | ‘Shneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces’

Nightingale | ‘The Missing Legacy of Marie Neurath: Recognizing the co-creator of the Isotype as a data visualization pioneer’

Data Viz Today | ‘Our advice to data viz designers just starting out’

Duncan Geere | Nice (growing) series from Duncan about ‘Tools I Love’

The Economist | ‘Charting new territory: How The Economist designs charts for Instagram’

Multiple Views | ‘Material Traces as Autographic Visualizations’

@kainazamaria | Kainaz is one of the clearest voices about editorial responsibility with regards to the use of photoimagery

Medium | ‘When data and visuals unite: How SCMP became Asian data journalism top dog’

Tableau | ‘Is your analytics strategy generating value? Three models for calculating BI value’

Northwestern Magazine | ‘Understanding Uncertainty’

@infowetrust | ‘Charts that mislead: A problem since 1917 ‘

Reflections in Design | ‘In this latest blog post I define the various elements of typography and how I feel they can be implemented in data visualisation.’

Catalyst Journal | ‘“Design Thinking”: Defending Silicon Valley at the Apex of Global Labor Hierarchies’

Quartz | ‘Designers and statisticians disagree on what makes a good information graphic’

Science | ‘Figure it out: motion capture for 3D illustration’

Learning & Development

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

Data Viz Today | ‘Episode 50: How to Fill Your Data Viz Toolbox’

Medium | ‘Leonardo: an open source contrast-based color generator’

Datawrapper | ‘Ever looked a bar chart in the eye before?’

Tableau Public | ‘I want to learn’ by George Gorczynski – Tableau Conference 2019 sessions catalogued and broken down into chapters. Jump directly to a topic of your interest’

@jscarto | Important discussion about mapping wildfires

Datawrapper | ‘Introducing materials for Datawrapper workshops’

Stamen | ‘Exploring the impact of global warming on North American birds with Audubon’

Teacups, Giraffes, and Statistics | ‘A series of illustrated online modules to teach statistics and R coding, set in a playful narrative about fictional miniature giraffes.’

New York Times | ‘These People Really Care About Fonts’

Multiple Views | ‘What eye tracking can tell you about visualizations (and other images)’

C82 | ‘Making of Goethe’s Colours’ (project above)

Kasper on BI | ‘Build your custom visual with Charticulator and Power BI’

Datylon | ‘Datylon Graph: Design compelling data stories with our advanced data visualization plugin for Adobe Illustrator’

Stamen | ‘Environmental Data Visualization: Many Dimensions of Lake Tahoe’

FT | ‘How map makers will win the 2020 US election’

Subject News

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

Sage Publishing | New Book: ‘Making Sense of Data in the Media’ by Andrew Bell, Todd Hartman, Aneta Piekut, Alasdair Rae, and Mark Taylor

@callin_bull | Coming in August… ‘Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World’

Google | ‘Discovering millions of datasets on the web’

Sundries

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

@datentaeterin | ‘My family has a new hobby: We knit datavisualizations 🧶📊’

@sturdyAlex | ‘This BBC advertising for Dracula is genius.’

Supercool | ‘Amazon’s accidental email template’

@hattiehattie | ‘The one and only Charlie Brooker on why some writing is best done standing up; the process of making Black Mirror; and how to take critical feedback with minimal sulking’

@_cingraham | ‘Insanely jealous I didn’t think to write the WSJ cord box story, it’s so frigging good’

@veltman | ‘A very R-rated dataset, 23k vanity license plate applications from the California DMV’

@alicemhancock | ‘This advert from 1962 is *astounding*’

@FryRsquared | A thread rebuking the idea that AI could predict a movie’s likely success

@FryRsquared | ‘Last week, the lovely folk at National Grid showed me around their amazing underground tunnels’

10 significant visualisation developments: July to December 2019

To mark each mid-year and end-of-year milestone I take a reflective glance over the previous 6-month period in the data visualisation field and compile a collection of some of the most significant developments. These are the main projects, events, new sites, trends, personalities and general observations that have struck me as being important to help further the development of this field or are things I simply liked a great deal. Here’s the full compilation of all my collections.

In August last year I published a collection for the first 6 months of 2019 and now I’d like to reflect on the last 6 months of 2019.

And so, as ever, in no particular order…

1. Giorgia Lupi joins Pentagram

(Although this news was announced towards the end of the first half of 2019, and thus technically disqualifying for inclusion here, I’m allowed to cheat because, ultimately, it is I who makes the rules for this game.) Giorgia’s talent and standing in the field has been clear for all to see, for some of us, as far back as 2013, so it is wonderful to see her being rewarded with one of the most esteemed career moves in the design industry: becoming a partner at Pentagram, New York. This is unquestionably a significant milestone, as expressed in this piece, which not only recognises that Giorgia is the first new Pentagram partner in New York for seven years, but that in doing so as an Information Designer, this move “represents a further effort on the part of the design firm to expand beyond traditional graphic design”. She has already been busy creating a “data-driven fashion collection inspired by three trailblazing women in science” and I can’t wait to see the future holds. Congrats Giorgia!

2. Nightingale: The new ‘Journal of the Data Visualization Society’

In my previous 6-monthly roundup I included the significance of the launch of the Data Visualization Society, which has been an absolute success story. One of the extended manifestations of the DVS has been the launch of ‘Nightingale‘, a Medium partnership, which represents a new platform for publishing articles on “current issues in data visualization for professionals and a general audience”. Editor-in-chief Jason Forrest with fine support from a wider group of skilled editors are doing a superb job of collating, curating and commissioning a wonderfully diverse repertoire of articles from a wonderfully diverse range of authors.

3. Toph Tucker article

Continuing the theme of writing about data visualisation, this was one of the most insightful articles I read all year, written by Toph Tucker. As the title alludes, this is a collection of observations contrasting Toph’s experiences in his new role doing enterprise financial data visualization after moving from a career in data journalism. He expertly dissects the hidden cultural and contextual constraints that affect how he goes about his work now compared to his previous role, across a range of headings such as ‘the people’, ‘the market’, ‘the incumbents’, ‘the normal forms’, and ‘the limits of the craft’. Very much worth 16 minutes of your time.

4. National Geographic’s ‘Sacred Mosaic’

Anyone who keeps on top of the latest and greatest data visualisation works will already be familiar with the outstanding talent and craftsmanship of Alberto Lucas López, Senior Graphics Editor at National Geographic. This piece is another tour de force from Alberto alongside several colleagues as the National Geographic visualises the 3000 years of “worship, conquest, devastation, and rebuilding” that have shaped modern Jerusalem. Aside from the best-in-class visual solution, what stands out for me with this piece is the depth of the background research that went into discovering the information you see portrayed in this piece. It is the quintessential embodiment of what visualisation is about: making the invisible visible, on several levels. As is now the norm with all his published works, Alberto also generously shares a fantastic Twitter thread stepping through some of the details of the behind-the-scenes creative process.

5. Alberto Cairo’s “How Charts Lie”

With a nod to the famous work of Darrell Huff, Alberto’s latest book, published in October, offers a vital text for our era, setting out in accessible form the different ways that we can lie or be lied to through charts. Building on his stellar work delivering his ‘Visual Trumpery’ lectures around the US and beyond, this book continues Alberto’s passion to help audiences and creators alike get smarter about this crucial literacy. For the bad actors out there, please just don’t use this as a helpful ‘how to’ guide.

6. Topi Tjukanov’s #30DayMapChallenge

The #30DayMapChallenge was a wonderful idea from Topi Tjukanov taking the form of an open challenge for people to create ‘a map a day for each day of November’. The rules were simple: no restriction on tools, but all maps should be originals created by each participant. As the image above shows, each day had a different creative theme or restriction and the results were amazing, as collected by Dave Friggens. Look out for the 2020 edition coming up again later this year.

7. 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

I’m always fascinated by the variety of works that emerge from the visual reporting of big events or the marking of anniversary occasions. 2019 saw the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and unsurprisingly this led to a wonderful array of pieces, including (but not exhaustive) the immersive AR piece from TIME as shown above, ‘Apollo 11: As they shot it‘ by the New York Times, ‘Countdown to a New Era in Space‘ by National Geographic, ‘Man on the Moon‘ by Reuters, this NZZ explainer video as presented via a nice Twitter thread, ‘Neil and Buzz go for a Walk‘ by RJ Andrews, and ‘How to Dress for Space‘ by Washington Post.

8. Jessica Hullman

If I had to pick a single quotation that has had the most impact on my thinking over the past year, it would be the one above, shared with me during a research email conversation with Jessica Hullman. Jessica is Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Northwestern University, and director of the MU Collective lab devoted to information visualisation and uncertainty cognition. She is a leading academic in the field and has one of the most vital research agendas befitting the times in which we live: “my mission is to help more people make sense of complex information, and in particular to reason about data under uncertainty”. To get a flavour for her work, check out this compelling article ‘How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns’ published in September in Scientific American (also available here without paywall).

9. Tim Meko

Tim Meko is Deputy Graphics Editor at the Washington Post and is one of the most talented and experienced visualisers as well as being, in particular, amongst the finest cartographers on the scene. The map shown above is one of several distinct thematic techniques published in an article ‘Mapping America’s wicked weather and deadly disasters‘ which is an outstanding exhibition of his skills. Check out his wider portfolio at the Washington Post for relentless inspiration.

10. Visualising large-scale phenomena

One of the enduring challenges in visualisation is effectively representing large values in ways that capture the sheer scale of phenomena. In the last few months of 2019, we saw several pieces from Reuters and the New York Times that demonstrate brilliant techniques for achieving this. From Reuters, the Drowning in Plastic and A Plateful of Plastic works focused on representing huge quantities concerning the topic of plastic waste. The Times did a superb deep investigation into mobile phone surveillance in ‘Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy‘ as part of the ‘Privacy Project’. Additionally, both Reuters and the Times employed particularly novel methods for quantifying and displaying analysis about the crowd sizes during the Hong Kong protests.

Special mentions…

Here are the other highlights from the second half of 2019 that deserve a special mention:

Measuring Gender Imbalances | I’m a huge fan of Cath Sleeman’s work and this piece for Nesta contains so many typically astute, thoughtful little details

Martin Telefont | Martin published two super nice projects which offer a sideways illustrative glance at the data visualisation field, 100 Days of Dataviz Comics and Dataviz Butterflies

Clever°Franke’s Eurovision work | From last year but with implications for 2020, Clever°Franke have worked on a huge-scale and great-looking visual identity campaign for Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands

A House With a Yard on Every Lot | From the NYT, this wonderfully vast piece demonstrates them at their best, pursuing interesting data curiosities in the most accessible and beautifully elegant way

Flerlage Twins | There are talented, prolific developers pushing the boundaries of Taleau’s capabilities and then there are the Flerlage Twins who set a whole new benchmark.

Best of the visualisation web… December 2019

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 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Bloomberg | ‘Drivers Refuse to Put Down Their Phones. People Keep Dying.’

FT | ‘Mapping inequality in the UK from the Victorian era to the 2019 election’

@marian42_ | ‘I created an interactive visualization of 150000+ butterflies in the @NHM_London using deep learning, t-SNE and data from @NHM_Digitise’

@MattChorley | Some excellent visualisation work in this thread that points to the Times’ collected ‘UK election results in maps and charts’

Scientific American | ‘Scientific American’s Colorful Covers Reveal 175 Years of Change’

The Guardian | ‘How did Boris Johnson achieve his landslide victory? A visual guide’

@physicsJ | ‘2-D rotations of the planets shown to relative scale, eg. Jupiter rotates around 2.4 times faster than Earth’

@undertheraedar | ‘An updated constituency/deprivation chart for England for the 2019 general election’

Neal.Fun | ‘The Deep Sea’

Reuters | ‘A plateful of plastic: Visualising the amount of microplastic we eat’

New York Times | ‘These are the actual locations for millions of Americans. At the New York Stock Exchange…’

@AdrianBlancoR | ‘Excited to see how this page turned out for the @capitalweather Gang’s Winter Weather Guide in today’s paper.’

Tableau | ‘Polygonal Cities’

The Economist | ‘Voting Lib Dem could hurt the Tories as much as Labour’ – a rarely spotted connected ternary plot in the wild!

@AlexSelbyB | ‘I love this visual round-up of the year’s news from @JamesFransham, especially the bit about Liverpool’s miraculous comeback against Barcelona ‘

@ChrisLuv | ‘Here I explore the RGB colours and find what they are likely be called, and how many other colours we’d also name the same’

@eleanor_lutz | ‘Trying a new map style for rock climbing solutions!’

Nesta | ‘Around 350 paper pyramids showing the relationship between deprivation and the cuts to local authorities across England’

Road to Larissa | ‘Pitchfork’s Best of the Year Over the Decade’

Data Ventures | ‘Interested in NZ’s population? We’ve visualised parts of Aotearoa like you’ve never seen them before’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘Our full story is now out analysing what drove the Tories’ victory: Chart thread:’

@JohnMuyskens | ‘We mapped land and ocean temperature observations from 1701-2018 to show how we take the temperature of the planet’

Jug Cerović | ‘Schematic map of Japan’s Shinkansen high speed train network’

Washington Post | ‘The Trump impeachment inquiry, told with maps and dancing Rudys’

New York Times | ‘Compare your city’s air with the World’s most polluted air, in AugmentedReality’

@Mark_A_Eaton | ‘This is amazing – the launch of @EuroBirdPortal Live. Mapping of Europe’s migrant birds in (nearly) real-time – right up to yesterday’s data – using records from 120,000 birdwatchers’

@metoffice | ‘The time for action is now. #ClimateChange’

@mikebrondbjerg | ‘Ran all 3,384 stills from the Blade Runner 2049 Trailer, through my #processing #voxel filter (brightness = depth)’

NY Books | ‘The Rising Cost of Not Living’

@NHinternesch | ‘ave you ever wondered what a week’s worth of traffic on a news website sounds like? ‘

NATS | ‘Every year, NATS handles more than 2.5 million flights. Take a journey through the skies, learn the language of aviation and see how NATS Air Traffic Controllers safely guide a real domestic flight from London Heathrow to Manchester.’

Washington Post | ‘It’s been XX days since a high-profile departure from the Trump administration’

ABC | ‘See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood’

New York Times | ‘New York’s Subway Map Like You’ve Never Seen It Before’

BBC | ‘General election 2019: Animated tour in 10 stops’

Articles

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

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘The 2019 List of Visualisation Lists is already here!’

Nightingale | ‘2019 Was the Year Data Visualization Hit the Mainstream’

Multiple Views | ‘The Curious Absence of Uncertainty from Many (Most?) Visualizations’

LinkedIn | ‘Beyond Bar Charts and Pie Charts’

Forth Go | ‘Bar-Meko Chart Study’

Nightingale | ‘How I Quit My Full-Time Job to Pursue a Freelance Career As a Data Visualization Designer’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘How can we visualise decimal numbers?’

Multiple Views | ‘Visualizing Trends on Mobile Phones: Animation or Small Multiples?’

Infographics for the People | ‘Making better data viz: Acknowledging our mistakes, and learning from them.’

Cartonerd | ‘My favourite maps of 2019’

The Outline | ‘Here’s the typography of the next decade, the age of font minimalism is coming to a close’

Multiple Views | ‘Same Data, Multiple Perspectives: Curse of Expertise in Visual Data Communication’

BBC Future | ‘Why progress bars can make you feel better’

@infowetrust | ‘for Advent I am making palettes inspired by a set of French thematic maps…’

@tjukanov | ‘Thread: #30DayMapChallenge wrapped up.’

Learning & Development

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

Data Stories | ‘Year in Review 2019’

@aLucasLopez | Typically wonderful design thread from Alberto – ‘Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, modern Jerusalem has been shaped by 3,000 years of worship, conquest, devastation, and rebuilding’

@chadskelton | ‘How do you teach data visualization to people who really don’t care about data visualization? Here’s what I’ve learned from doing just that for the past five years’

Policy Viz | ‘Here’s a quick video of how I made the Guardian’s Radial Map in Excel’

Olivia Vane | ‘My thesis ‘Timeline design for visualising cultural heritage data’ is online’

Subject News

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

Datawrapper | ‘Create data viz with Datawrapper, with our new, strong free plan’

Information+ | ‘The next Information+ conference will be held September 24th-27th, 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)’

Fullstack | New Book: ‘Build beautiful data visualizations with D3’ by Amelia Wattenberger

Malofiej | ‘We are proud to confirm the speakers for Malofiej 28’

@marian42 | Making of the project above ‘Visualizing 150000 butterflies from the Natural History Museum’

National Geographic | ‘National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures Award $1.3 Million as the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge Winners Are Announced’

Graphic Hunters | ‘The second S-H-O-W conferenc will take place on April 2 & 3, 2020 in Utrecht, the Netherlands’

@SParsonsDataViz | ‘Welcome to my new website! “Reflections in Design”‘

Sundries

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 | ‘Cranky Uncle game takes on climate crisis denial and fake news’

@k0a1a | ‘I never realised there was a way of learning Morse code in such a visual way’

@nerdishtendency | ‘The @nytimes Graphics editor @archietse, as he appears on a poster conceived by @Duenes, was just portrayed on @nbcsnl’

@jcrutchmer | ‘Making saturday’s
@nytimes front page’

@OmarChaudhuri | ‘This has no intention of being a serious political commentary… here’s how constituencies containing a Premier League or Football League stadium voted in the General Election’

BBC | ‘Why is the world’s financial plumbing under pressure?’

Best of the visualisation web… November 2019

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 November 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Financial Times | ‘Pollution on London’s Zone 1 tube mapped for the first time’

Martin Telefont | ‘Dataviz Butterflies’

@RichardZimerman | Map showing ‘more than 3600 penguin colonies, colored by species’

Info.graphics | ‘Heatscore: 720 million hacked unique passwords, visualized’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Kantar’s MotiveMix’

Nature | ‘This week’s cover shows Nature’s publication record over 150 years. Explore the growing web of collaboration and science in an interactive graphic.’

@undertheraedar | ‘English constituencies by winning party in 2017, and level of deprivation’

NZZ | ‘Federal departments: For women, the rungs on the career ladder are slippery’

Visualizing Health | ‘Our objective was to create a gallery of beautiful and easy-to-make-sense-of graphs, charts, and images that effectively communicate risk information. Health data that makes sense.’

National Geographic | ‘Sacred Mosaic: A Heritage of Architecture in Jerusalem’

Washington Post | ‘It’s been XX days since a high-profile departure from the Trump administration’

Dueling Data | ‘Income and health insurance coverage in NYC’

Spiegel | ‘An explainer why the world population is still increasing, even though the fertility rate has declined significantly’

@volayaf | ‘Instead of creating awesome maps for the #30DayMapChallenge, I am going to do the opposite: wrong maps in each category to show common mistakes.’

Twitter | Browse through the hundreds of submissions contributing towards the #30DayMapChallenge

Articles

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

The Economist | ‘A year in Graphic detail: An analysis of The Economist data-journalism team’s first year in print’

Book Riot | ‘7 books that use data visualizations to help tell their stories’

Rash Design | ‘Telling A Story With Visual Data: A conversation with designer and data visualization specialist, Eric Rodenbeck.’

Venture Beat | ‘AR and VR will make spatial journalism the future of reporting’

LA Times | ‘How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster’

Reuters | ‘Building a Silicon Valley of the Sea’

Knowable Magazine | ‘Why scientists need to be better at data visualization’

@borism | ‘Drawing the Data Interface – Using Pen and Paper for Designing Innovative Data Visualisation Interfaces’

Nightingale | ‘Data, Empathy, Design, Information, and Experience: Saying Hello to 2020’

Learning & Development

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

@wiederkehra | Great thread about the design story behind the NZZ piece listed above

@aLucasLopez | Another great design thread on the workings behind the Nat Geo piece published above

@lilachmanheim | An interesting twitter thread and discussion about the intersection between perception and visualisation

@Arnold_Platon | ‘My talk at #EUDataviz, about the data gathering and harmonizing work that went into creating the first detailed, pan-EU maps of the European Elections’

OSF Home | Paper: ‘Graph Construction: An Empirical Investigation on Setting the Range of the Y-Axis’ by Jessica Witt

Data Stories | Great new episode with Randall Munroe of XKCD

Subject News

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

Information is Beautiful Awards | ‘Information is Beautiful Awards 2019: The Winners’

Datawrapper | Interesting news that ‘Datawrapper will update its pricing’ from December 2019

FlowingData | ‘Growing Your Visualization Toolset (and Mine), a FlowingData Membership Update’

Refinery29 | ‘& Other Stories & Giorgia Lupi’s New Collab Celebrates Women In Science’

Dezeen | ‘Design agency Clever°Franke has created a logo for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 that combines the flag and year that each of the 41 participating countries first competed.’

Mapbox | ‘New Storytelling Template lets you quickly build location-based stories with high-quality map visuals’

Sundries

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

The Atlantic | ‘Introducing a New Look for The Atlantic’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘A chilling attack on free speech #dataviz’

@infowetrust | ‘Some very playful chart antics in this ad by @BrandNewSchool for @etrade’

Best of the visualisation web… October 2019

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 October 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Washington Post | ‘Fantastic fall foliage… and where to find it’

Codex Atlanticus | ‘Explore the largest collection of writings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci’

Reuters | ‘Brexit’s ‘Super Saturday’ – Crunch time again for the British parliament.’

Nesta | ‘She said more: Measuring gender imbalances in reporting on the creative industries’

Visualize.News | ‘Lok Sabha 2019: India goes to the polls’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s why Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians’

Gates Foundation | ‘Examining Inequality: How Geography and Gender Stack the Deck For (Or Against) You’

@ccanipe | ‘Canadian election map makers really have it rough…’

New York Times | ‘The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America’

Medium | ‘TomTom: Visualising Amsterdam’s Heartbeat’

Bloomberg | ‘After Decades of Fracking, We Finally Know How the Fluid Spreads Underground’

The Guardian | ‘How much of Johnson’s ‘great new deal’ is actually new?’

New York Times | ‘How the New Syria Took Shape’

@karim_douieb | ‘Here is a transition between surface area of US counties and their associated population’

C82 | ‘Picturesque views of seats of Great Britain and Ireland’

Flowing Data | ‘I mapped when and where people start their commutes to go work in major cities’

Financial Times | ‘The Trade-Off – Can you balance profit and purpose?’

Al Hadaqa | ‘This data visualization presents every rated horror film ever made since 1912 until end of 2019’

Fathom | ‘Laniakea maps the entire landscape of a document set according to its most meaningful content, enabling users to quickly grasp and navigate thousands, or even millions, of documents’

NZZ | ‘The results of the parties in the detailed analysis’ (translated)

@RosemaryWardley | ‘So happy to share Prejudice and Pride in New York City, my latest @NatGeoMaps project, in the June issue.’

@maartenzam | ‘For Flemish newspaper @destandaard, I made a look-through-history map of Flanders + BXL. Compare your area with how it looked like 50 years ago ‘

Sci Com Lab | ‘Scientific Poster: Explore the Ocean’

Audubon | ‘Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.’

The Pudding | ‘The Kim Foxx Effect: How Prosecutions Have Changed in Cook County’

Visualizing Palestine 101 | ‘Visualizing Palestine 101 is a data-led visual resource and educational hub for people learning and teaching about Palestine’

Reuters | ‘Weapons of mass control, tactics of mass resistance’

@will_s_t | ‘The first time I’ve tried to highlight the changes in a NICE guideline summary in one of our infographics.’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘”Treatise”: A Visual Symphony Of Information Design’

Alexander Koch | ‘Data viz inspiration’

Washington Post | ‘You’ve been reading charts wrong. Here’s how a pro does it.’

Cartonerd | ‘Trump’s maps of dominance’

Multiple Views | ‘Data Changes Everything: How Data Visualization Design and Interface Design are Different’

Nightingale | ‘Data Literacy Is the Key to the Future of Data Visualization’

Medium | ‘Doing enterprise financial data visualization after data journalism’

The Economist | ‘Lies, damn lies and charts: Alberto Cairo explains how to avoid being duped’, book review by Alex Selby-Boothroyd

Nightingale | ‘Finding Comfort in Uncertainty’

Data Future | ‘Data Future? Are people ready for a world built on data trading?’

The Atlantic | ‘The Myth of ‘Dumbing Down’’

Stripe | ‘How we made the Stripe Dashboard more accessible with a new color system’

Esri | ‘Wurman Dots: Learning from the ’60s with a useful mapping style’

Learning & Development

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

Datawrapper | ‘How to prepare your data for analysis and charting in Excel & Google Sheets’

Data Trotters | ‘Explore, Play and Learn the Language of Data!’

Invision App | ‘Finding the best free fonts for numbers’

Storytelling With Data | ‘How it came to be’ – the process behind writing a book

NZZ Open | ‘How we built a web to print system into our graphics toolbox Q’

Northwestern | Paper: ‘Why Authors Don’t Visualize Uncertainty’ by Jessica Hullman

Data Stories | ‘Episode 147, Iconic Climate Visuals with Ed Hawkins’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘It’s precisely the lack of technical #dataviz paraphernalia that makes the visual so powerful and so popular’ – some great comments and discussions in this twitter thread emerging from the above DS episode

@wallacetim | ‘I think about this Gaza damage assessment piece I worked on with @archietse, @dwtkns, @karenyourish and @salvesergio in 2014 pretty frequently, but I never stop to think why.’

Info We Trust | ‘Dissecting ‘Anatomy of a Giant”

Eager Eyes | Paper: ‘Evidence for Area as the Primary Visual Cue in Pie Charts’ by Robert Kosara

c82 | ‘Making of Picturesque Views of Seats of Great Britain and Ireland’

Cornell University | Paper ‘Critical Reflections on Visualization Authoring Systems’ by Arvind Satyanarayan et al

@Timmeko | Fantastic thread about the process that Tim Meko and team at Washington Post go through to make their amazing maps’

Subject News

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

@storywithdata | ‘IT’S HERE! I am incredibly proud to share #SWDletspractice with you.’

@giorgialupi | ‘I am finally able to announce that I’ve designed a (data!)-fashion collection for #andotherstories! ‘

@kennelliott | ‘Proud to say that our November issue, which went live (and hit newsstands) this morning, was created entirely by women. you’ll find some great stories and graphics’

Amsterdam University Press | New book ‘Data Visualization in Society’ edited by Martin Engebretsen & Helen Kennedy

MapReverse | ‘MapReverse is designed to help explore maps shared in social media to uncover their potential sources and derivatives’

Nuffield Trust | ‘NHS Visual Data Challenge: Create a data visualisation on health and care inequalities and win £1000.’

@tjukanov | ‘Announcing #30DayMapChallenge in November 2019!’

Sundries

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

@rusosnith | ‘Inequality choropleth map of Santiago de Chile seen in the wild on #LaMarchaMasGrandeDeChile’

The Guardian | ‘Artist creates deepfake birdsong to highlight threat to dawn chorus’

Technology Review | ‘Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game’

@globemakers | ‘A 20 foot wide tapestry by Vanessa Barragão recreates the world in textural yarn’

Overview | Some amazing prints of aerial photography

BBC | ‘The man behind the Inktober viral drawing challenge’

@fishnets88 | ‘Happy to announce v1 of a hobby project. It’s a tool that allows you to draw and then download a dataset.’

Best of the visualisation web… September 2019

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 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@EricTopol | ‘A @nature issue dedicated to #ClimateChange. Yes, It’s Time to Act’

Good City Life | ‘Poor but healthy: What can we learn from billions of food purchases at London grocery stores?’

Tableau Public | ‘Migration. IronViz 2019 3rd feeder’ by Mariona Banyeres

E R Davis | ‘The Beautiful Hidden Logic of Cities’

Reuters | ‘Drowning in plastic: Visualising the world’s addiction to plastic bottles’

National Geographic | ‘The Atlas of Moons’

Scientific American | ‘Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished’

New York Times | ‘Are You Rich? Where Does Your Net Worth Rank in America?’

Reuters | ‘India is running out of water’

New York Times | ‘Notre-Dame’s Toxic Fallout’

Washington Post | ‘We’re thinking about the Amazon fires all wrong. These maps show why’

Grow Observatory | ‘Soil Moisture Maps’

@onyxfish | ‘I’d like to take a minute to tell about all the amazing work the @fivethirtyeight Interactives Team has been doing this week’

The Pudding | ‘Millennials Kill Everything’

The Guardian | ‘This is the Irish border, this time last week’

New York Times | ‘The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster’

@RobinKwong | ‘May I present… This massive, data-driven @FinancialTimes magazine feature with reporting spanning five continents.’

@fruys | ‘The one were they’re kissing & dating: Celebrating #Friends25 10 seasons in 10 seconds’

Kate Snow Design | ‘he Floral Patterns & Lifecycles of Plants’

The World in Tune | ‘The world in tune’ (desktop only) – How can the world be rearranged according to music preferences?

The Upshot | ‘Deportations Reduce Crime? That’s Not What the Evidence Shows’

Articles

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

NZZ Open | ‘How we went from individual styles to a consistent look-and-feel in the NZZ Graphics Team’

Nightingale | ‘Pros and Cons of Chart Taxonomies’

The Functional Art | ‘Explaining visualizations in The New York Times, NPR, and the BBC’

Scientific American | ‘How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns’

Nightingale | ‘Michelle Rial’s New Book Dreams of Being on Your Coffee Table’

Design Week | ‘How a climate crisis graphic became a meme’

Data and Dragons | ‘Glass benches: genre and minimalism in data visualization’

Fast Company | ‘Minimalism Is Dead. Hello, Maximalism’ (from 2017)

Nightingale | ‘Draw The Rest Of The Chart: Imposter Syndrome and Levelling Up in Data Visualization’

Washington Post | ‘Trump’s war on reality enters bizarre new terrain’

@GoogleDesign | ‘How many hours do designers work? What’s the average salary? Who’s happiest?’

Eager Eyes | ‘Some thoughts on what data is and how typed files differ from more general datasets’

Learning & Development

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

Evergreen Data | ‘The Dashboard Sketch Process’

mhinfographics | ‘#infofails chapter 01 (pilot)’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘What did I learn from Encode 2019?’

Nightingale | ‘Easy as Pie Chart: Behind the scenes of making the “Real Pie Chart”’

@xangregg | ‘Some quotes and notes from reading Mary Spear’s 1969 #dataviz book Practical Charting Techniques …’

Susie Lu | ‘Part 1 of 3 from (Susie’s) Data Visualization Retrospective talk at Visfest 2019’

@abstractsunday | ‘I gave a @TEDTalks on visual language: Why I think it’s a powerful and beautiful way to communicate and why the most important part is the reader.’

Washington Post | ‘The four simple reasons Trump’s ‘impeach this’ map doesn’t make any sense’

@datastories | Great episode with Nicholas Rougeux

Subject News

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

@benibu | A thread detailing ‘some technical insights on how it works’ with ‘it’ being NZZ’s new process for generating digital and print graphics out of the same tool

Eager Eyes | ‘Introducing eagereyesTV, My New YouTube Channel’

Jen Christiansen | New website for the ever-exceptional Jen Christiansen

@WashPostPR | ‘The Washington Post names
@katdowns Vice President of Product and Design’

Vimeo | All the videos from Eyeo 2019

@DataRemixed | New book announcement! ‘Avoiding Data Pitfalls’, by Ben Jones

Sundries

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

@williamcrawley | ‘Meme du jour’

@bizweekgraphics | ‘Our brethren have raced the bars, but have they raced the bar chart races?’

The Guardian | ‘The Guardian view on machine learning: a computer cleverer than you?’

The Iris | ‘Streets of Los Angeles by Artist Ed Ruscha, Recipient of the 2019 Getty Medal’

@HWarlow | ‘Modern art, simplified’

Best of the visualisation web… August 2019

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 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@tableau | ‘This amazing chart reference guide developed by @FlerlageKev includes 100 chart types & variations from 74 different authors’

@officeofjane | ‘Collectively, overseas workers sent over $600 billion in remittances around the world in 2018, a significant contribution to some countries’ economies.’

@Lagomorpho | ‘The Sleep Blanket’

@NadiehBremer | ‘Still can’t believe it, but I got to work with the New York Times to create a #DataViz for their Opinion section!!’

The Pudding | ‘This is a story about whether men are singing higher in pop music’

Clever°Franke | ‘Experiments by Clever°Franke’

Guardian | ‘How a no-deal Brexit threatens your weekly food shop’

Zeit Online | ‘Diving into Urban-Rural Prejudice’

NZZ | ‘A Flickering Disaster’

Vimeo | ‘MLB Home Runs – Apex Visualisation’

New York Times | ‘Summer in the City Is Hot, but Some Neighborhoods Suffer More’

@ftbized | ‘The yield curve is one of the best indicators of a looming recession. But what does it *sound* like?’

National Geographic | ‘The history of Hong Kong, visualized’

BBC | ‘How much warmer is your city?’

ONS | ‘Middle-aged generation most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning’

Tableau Public | ‘Hans Zimmer’s Music’

New York Times | ‘Detailed Maps of the Donors Powering the 2020 Democratic Campaigns’

Instagram | ‘Film Strips’ by Giorgia Lupi

New York Times | ‘The N.R.A. Has Trump. But It Has Lost Allies in Congress.’

Tableau Public | ‘House price change in England and Wales using a Dorling cartogram.’

@jennalaib | Nice idea for the ‘slow reveal graph’

Senseable City Lab | ‘To enhance user experience in train stations we look at how passengers move in space and perceive that space.’

@flowingdata | ‘How the American Work Day Changed in 15 Years’

@wonyoungso | ‘Happy to share my project “Cartographers of North Korea: who are the contributors?”‘

New York Times | ‘Why This Narrow Strait Next to Iran Is So Critical to the World’s Oil Supply’

@driven_by_data | ‘As a data journalist who is also a gardener and concerned about the #climatecrisis, I started to look into droughts in Europe…’

National Geographic | ‘The Atlas of Moons’

Data Plus Science | ‘The Firebird Suite: Infernal Dance’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘We Live in a World of Funnels’

Policy Viz | ‘Observations on Animation in Data Visualization’

Towards Data Science | ‘Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis’

Nightingale | ‘Credit Where Credit is Due: Mary Eleanor Spear’

Modus | ‘Data-Driven Design Is Killing Our Instincts’

Nightingale | ‘How To Create A Thriving Data Visualization Culture’

John Grimwade | ‘History lessons: Twelve centuries of infographics’

nightingale | ‘A Journey Into the Heart of Sports: Data Viz with Daren Willman’

The Guardian | ‘Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code’

@nightingale | ‘The Process of Familiarity: An Interview with Nicholas Rougeux’

Learning & Development

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

@wiederkehra | Design process twitter thread to accompany the ‘A Flickering Disaster’ piece above

TabBlogs | ‘Using Tableau Prep’s new Python integration to predict Titanic survivors’

@wallacetim | ‘Fire maps are hard.’

@AlbertoCairo | ‘Oh, look who wrote something for The New York Times…’

Google AI Blog | ‘Turbo, An Improved Rainbow Colormap for Visualization’…

@jscarto … with some typically smart accompanying observations from Josh Stevens

@nightingale | ‘Introducing the Snail Chart: Yet Another Alternative for Bar Charts’

OSF | New Paper: ‘Toward Objective Evaluation of Working Memory in Visualizations: A Case Study Using Pupillometry and a Dual-Task Paradigm’ by Lace Padilla

@MKrzywinski | An interesting redesign of a table from an academic paper

@HBCompass | Responses to a question asking if newsrooms ‘have a process to evaluate your audience’s range of capacity and literacy for understanding complex graphs’

@lauraklein | ‘It has recently come to my attention that Design Twitter™ has a few questions that they can’t seem to answer. As always, I am here to help’

Data Journalism | ‘AMA with The Economist’s data team’

@stefpos | ‘Anyone else get that horrible creative perfection paralysis where you have an incredible creative opportunity but are so afraid of f-ing it up you procrastinate horribly and waste all the time?’

Vimeo | Published videos of the Eyeo 2019 talks

Subject News

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

Michelle Rial | New book: ‘AM I OVERTHINKING THIS? Over-answering life’s questions in 101 charts’ by Michelle Rial

@pciuccarelli | ‘Ten years ago @La_Lettura + @densitydesign invented a format that changed the infographics scene…’

@Altiziana | ‘Who was the #dataviz practitioner that made you want to be a dataviz practitioner?’

Multiple Views | ‘TheyDrawIt!: An Authoring Tool for Belief-Driven Visualization’

Sundries

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 | ‘Most detailed ever 3D map of Milky Way shows ‘warped’ shape’

Uglygerry | ‘A font created by your Congressional districts’

@theboysmithy | ‘This is not just any jigsaw. This is the
@FinancialTimes Visual Vocabulary jigsaw’

Creative Review | ‘The evolution of Emojis’

Wired | ‘Why I’m obsessed with people who respond ‘don’t know’ to really obvious YouGov questions’

@_cingraham | ‘This is fascinating and infuriating: CA man gets license plate reading NULL…’

@Drumble | ‘In my role as a Story Artist for animated features, I always end up rewatching the climactic train chase from “Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers”‘

Best of the visualisation web… July 2019

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 July 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Nadieh Bremer | ‘Planet Globe: Imaging the entire Earth, every day’

Flowing Data | ‘If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”: Everyone comes from somewhere else.’

Nesta | ‘She said more: Measuring gender imbalances in reporting on the creative industries’

Time | Lots of moon-landing anniversary stuff this month, beginning with two real favourites… ‘Welcome to TIME Immersive’s Apollo 11 ‘Landing on the Moon’ Experience’

New York Times | …and then this piece from New York Times, which has SO much thought behind it as described in a piece below: ‘Apollo 11, As They Shot It’

National Geographic | …and this ‘Countdown to a New Era in Space’

Washington Post | …as well as ‘How to dress for space’

@davidbauer | and this collection of work… ‘Love what my team has created for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing #Apollo50th’

Info We Trust | as well as… ‘Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk’

Reuters | and this from Reuters… ‘Man on the Moon’

New York Times | ‘Why This Narrow Strait Next to Iran Is So Critical to the World’s Oil Supply’

Tableau Public | Given the monthly theme is space, this felt worthy of inclusion ‘Gustav Holst – the Planets’

Economist | ‘Arctic lead levels shed new light on Europe’s history’

The Pudding | ’11 Years of Top-Selling Book Covers, Arranged by Visual Similarity’

Bloomberg | ‘How Each Country Contributed to the Explosion in Energy Consumption’

New York Times | ‘How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?’

@ftdata | ‘UK housing under pressure’

Bloomberg | ‘What the Democratic Candidates Discussed During the Debate: Annotated Transcripts’

c82 | ‘Illustrations of the Natural Order of Plants’

Behance | ‘If on a winter’s night a traveler: text&data’

Vox | ‘After Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we let 2,241 mass shootings happen’

Tableau Public | ‘When do I arrive and leave home?’

New York Times | ‘How Two Big Earthquakes Triggered 16,000 More in Southern California’

Ordnance Survey | ‘Britain’s most complex motorway junctions ‘

AlHadaqa | ‘The 2 poles of Egyptian Football’

BBC | ‘The many shapes of England’s cricket stadiums’

Tableau Public | ‘The Emotional Valence of Broadway’

Sports Chord | ‘Visualising the Cricket Scorecard’

Washington Post | ‘Tracking Barry as it moves through Louisiana’

New York Times | ‘What if you mapped the major American artists of the past century…’

ArcGIS | A 3D interactive rendering of John Snow’s ‘Cholera Map’

Tableau Public | ‘Where the Wild Things Glow’

The Pudding | ‘Men are from Chelsea, Women are from Park Slope: How “gayborhoods” in 15 major American cities are divided by gender’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘100 Days of Dataviz Comics’

Medium | ‘4 Observations on Animating Your Data Visualizations’

Nightingale | ‘Beyond Nightingale: Being a Woman in Data Visualization’

Melting Asphalt | ‘If you’ve spent any time thinking about complex systems, you surely understand the importance of networks.’

Nieman Lab | ‘How to cover 11,250 elections at once: Here’s how The Washington Post’s new computational journalism lab will tackle 2020’

Multiple Views | ‘How We See Our Data: Vision Science and Visualization, Pt. 1’

Nightingale | ‘Intricate & Visually Exciting: An Interview with Nadieh Bremer’

The Guardian | ‘The disinformation age: a revolution in propaganda’

The Functional Art | ‘Another grossly incompetent lying chart by climate deniers’

Eager Eyes | ‘What Is A Misleading Chart?’

Perceptual Edge | ‘The Inflated Role of Storytelling’ + comments section, as ever

Towards Data Science | ‘What would the London Tube Map look like if Data Scientists designed it?’

Susie Lu | ‘Re-viz-iting the receipt’

Learning & Development

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

New York Times | ‘How We Augmented Our Original Reporting of the Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary’

DataRemixed | ‘4 Ways I Challenge Myself as a Data Trainer’

@aLucasLopez | Wonderful thread on the process Alberto went through to create a piece about ’50 years of human migration’ for Nat Geo

Create With Data | ‘Create interactive maps and charts with JavaScript: Blog and tutorials on making maps and charts with Chart.js, D3.js, Leaflet, Mapbox and other JavaScript libraries.’

Data Stories | ‘Episode 142: Data Is Personal with Evan Peck’

Google Sheets | Amy Cesal’s growing collection of corporate visualisation style guides

@laurenbaldoart | ‘Small guide on how I apply color theory to my paintings and illustrations’

c82 | ‘Making of the Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants’

UW Data | ‘The Many Languages, Many Colors Project’

Nodes | ‘Nodes: A new way to create with code’

Studio Terp | ‘Trees, clouds and waves.
Or, how I visualized data on suicide.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How To Read 2020 Polls Like A FiveThirtyEighter’

Medium | ‘Democratizing Visualization By Lowering the Barrier of Entry’

Subject News

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

Nightingale | ‘Welcome To Nightingale: Introducing the Data Visualization Society’s new publication’

OEKom | New book: ‘The climate book: Everything you need to know in 50 graphics’ by Esther Gonstalla

Medium | ‘The new tech principles for FT.com’

Multiple Views | New tool: ‘TheyDrawIt!: An Authoring Tool for Belief-Driven Visualization’

Massey Press | New book (coming October): ‘We Are Here: An atlas of Aotearoa’ by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee

Sundries

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 | ‘Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us’

Google | ‘A moonlit tribute to a moon landing icon’

Mapmaker | ‘Hundred Largest Islands of the World (poster)’

Custom PC | ‘Inside Black Mirror Bandersnatch’

LA Times | ‘The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?’

10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2019

To mark each mid-year and end-of-year milestone I take a reflective glance over the previous 6-month period in the data visualisation field and compile a collection of some of the most significant developments. These are the main projects, events, new sites, trends, personalities and general observations that have struck me as being important to help further the development of this field or are things I simply liked a great deal. Here’s the full compilation of all my collections.

In February I published a collection for the second 6 months of 2018 and now I’d like to reflect on the first 6 months of 2019. I look forward to hearing from you with suggestions for the developments you believe have been most significant.

And so, as ever, in no particular order…

1. Data Visualisation Society

The Data Visualization Society was launched in February as a new community for this field to offer the space and the place to help people learn from one another, perhaps in a collaborative and conversational way that is not already covered by the platforms in which most content is published (Twitter, blogs). Founded by Amy Cesal, Elijah Meeks and Mollie Pettit, its mission is to ‘foster a community where every member benefits from resources that support growth, refinement, and expansion of data visualization knowledge regardless of expertise level’. In its first few months the DVS has gone from strenth-to-strength, with an almost-overwhelmingly vibrant Slack workspace comprising over 6000 members and a dedicated Medium platform ‘Nightingale‘.

2. Sonja Kuijper’s ‘A View on Despair’

This is a stunning piece of visual representation but about a deeply sad and personal subject matter (visit the full size version for true impact). Created by Sonja Kuijpers to shine a light on the tragedy of depression and suicide, the abstract landscape creates a canvas portraying the 1917 different people who committed suicide in the Netherlands during the year 2017. Each method of suicide is represented by different visual elements, varied further to depict the age groups. Sonja’s courage in presenting the background to this work is remarkable and inspiring in equal measure, and the companion design process narrative is a must read in its own right.

3. The Economist

Over the past 12 months, under the various stewardship roles of Phil Kenny (former Head of Design), Alex Selby-Boothroyd (Head of Data Journalism) and Graham Douglas (Head of Graphics), the quantity and quality of the print graphics and digital interactives output from the data journalist team at The Economist has risen to an exceptionally high level. They should be included in any conversation about where the finest visualisation work is being produced from, and I’ve been really impressed with some of their particularly novel representaiton approaches (example 1, example 2, example 3). One of my favourite articles of the year related to their critical reflections about the previous graphical mistakes they have made. Also check out this recent insightful Reddit AMA with Evan Hensleigh and Martín González.

4. Bar chart races

The bar chart race – an animated bar chart showing changing values and ranks of categories over time – burst on to the scene (I think) around February of this year with the above race showing the changing nature of dominant global brands (as tweeted here). Since then you can’t have failed to encounter spin off applications popping up across social media (not just data vis social media). John Burn-Murdoch was the man behind one of the most viral with his version about the changing ranks of the 10 biggest cities in the world since 1500, as viewed by over 2.7m people (and check out his astute observations about their power/limits). John published his code via Observable and the folks at Flourish studio then took this on and integrated it as a new feature in their visualisation tool. I’ve seen them used on sports and news coverage on TV since then, reinforcing their mainstream appeal.

5. Climate visualisations

With the urgency and focus on the climate change emergency (*hopefully*) starting to increase, I feel it is coinciding with and/or being partly influenced by an era of excellent visualisation work about this and related subjects from subject experts and graphics professionals alike. Just a few of my favourites works from Alexander Radtke (as shown above), Axios, The Guardian, SCMP, anything by Ed Hawkins, anything also by Neil Kaye, Washington Post, Robert Rohde, Reuters, and the New York Times to name but a few. A special mention also to Ken Black for his incredible body of self-initiated exploration work in to the subject of climate change, and a pointer towards a pair of interesting articles/papers ‘Exploring the Design Space of Engaging Climate Change Visualizations for Public Audiences‘ and ‘The Climate Spiral Demonstrates the Power of Sharing Creative Ideas‘.

6. ONS “Say What You See”

This might seem a minor and rather small item to include in this list but I think it is significant that an organisation like the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has taken this stance of ‘saying what they see’ in chart titles. Navigating the demands for impartiality can be a difficult matter for such organisations (I’d throw the BBC into the same mix) and so this more confident approach should be seen as a benchmark for others to emulate. As Frank Donnarumma describes in this explanation piece “Currently, most of the chart titles used across the ONS are purely statistical, signposting the data within the chart and nothing more… Good titles have been shown to make messages in charts more memorable, so going forward, we want our chart titles to be more descriptive. We want to communicate with clarity and speed”.

7. FT Data Crunch

I really like this new series of video explainers produced by the FT and starring Federica Cocco and (second mention!) John Burn-Murdoch. In each video, they “dig into the numbers behind divisive issues” using hand-drawn visuals to drive the discussion. You can watch the full series of videos here.

8. Nicholas Rougeux’s ‘Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants’

Nicholas has been one of my favourite visualisation designers for a few years now and this is another masterpiece from his production line. Maybe THE masterpiece. It is a beautifully intricate digital reproduction and enhancement of Elizabeth Twining’s celebrated two-volume catalog from 1868 “Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants”. You can browse the hand-drawn illustrations, order posters, and read the best-in-class ‘making of‘ article.

9. Acquisitions of Tableau and Looker

In the space of just a few days in June came news of two major acquisitions in the visualisation/analytics technology space. Firstly, based on my radar rather than chronology, Tableau announced it was being bought by Salesforce for $15.7bn. This followed news of Google acquiring Looker for $2.6bn. (I mention this latter story reached me after the Tableau news because – and I’m still surprised by this – I had never previously heard of Looker). What impact this will have on the visualisation tool marketplace, on the existing users of each platform and of the direction of the field at large remains to be seen but clearly this is a major milestone in the field’s timeline given both the size of the investments and the names of the companies involved (I have clearly heard of Google…).

10. Zeit Online

Led by Julius Tröger, and with a team packed-full of talent, the visual journalism and interactive departments at Zeit Online (the digital sister to the Die Zeit weekly newspaper) are producing some of the very best visualisation work (anywhere, not just in Europe). Pieces like ‘Europe from Left to Right‘ (shown above), ‘The Millions Who Left Us‘ and ‘Split Country‘ (all translated titles) are just some of the recent examples that demonstrate their visual and editorial skills, with their particularly strong flair for spatial analysis.

Special mentions…

Here are the other highlights from the first half of 2019 that deserve a special mention:

Paths to Congress | Developed for the New York Times by Sahil Chinoy and Jessia Ma, this is an amazing depiction of the academic and career paths that the members of the House of Representatives took to Congress. Also check out the glorious print version and a super podcast episode with the creators.

The British-Irish Dialect Quiz | Just as its American-dialect predecessor did in late 2013, this project went super viral in February – not surprisingly as us Brits and Irish are somewhat obsessed by our dialect tribes.

Equal Earth | This is an important new mapping projection that offers physical maps and digital resources based on equal-area “continents and oceans which are shown at their true sizes relative to each other”.

Amber Thomas | I love Amber’s work and you should too, check out her portfolio on The Pudding

Rachael Dottle | I have also loved Rachael’s work at FiveThirtyEight, but she has now moved on to a data visualisation role at IBM Data Science & AI so hopefully that won’t deny us publicly witnessing her talent

Chartball NBA #gamecharts | A personal favourite of mine as a sports fan, I love these animated charts that perfectly capture the ebb-and-flow of a basketball games scoring patterns. The static versions are also fantastic.

Shelly Tan’s dedication | To capture the data to feed ‘An illustrated guide
to all 6,887 deaths in ‘Game of Thrones’ takes herculean frame-by-frame effort. Hats off to Shelly for this!

ConText | There were many really good visualisations about this topic but this piece by Fathom, “Understanding the Mueller Report through word association” was one of my favourites of the year.

Brussels.
A lovely Melting-Pot.
| This data visualisation is an ‘essay exploring Brussels and its people’, developed by Karim Douieb, and contains some stunning visual elements.