Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@adamemccann | ‘Here is an interactive portrait of Trump where every dot in his face is a false or misleading claim’

@lizbravob | ‘My submission for #MakeoverMonday Week 43, Apparel Exports to US. Visualization is inspired by clothing patterns.’

El Pais | ‘A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air’

@carlbaker | ‘New version of the small-area covid map/cartogram’

Washington Post | ‘This is what fuels the West’s infernos’

New York Times | ‘Trump Can Still Make a Difference on Masks’

Science Museum | ‘Colour & Shape: Using Computer Vision to Explore the Science Museum Group Collection’

NZZ | ‘These states will decide the US presidential election’

Roadtolarissa | ‘Election Forecast Correlations’

@darrenlonghk | ‘The total number of coronavirus cases in the US is roughly equal to the entire population of Hong Kong’

Morgenpost | ’30 years of German unity – 30 cards’

Washington Post | ‘Scientists have a powerful new tool for controlling the coronavirus: Its own genetic code.’

@ferranmorales | ‘The Big Three’

New York Times | ‘The President’s Taxes: The Swamp That Trump Built’

New York Times | ‘The President’s Taxes: Charting an Empire: A Timeline of Trump’s Finances’

FT | ‘Covid-19: The global crisis — in data’

Truth and Beauty | ‘Waves of Interest: Tracing Google Search Interest in US Election Years’

@malorieblackman | ‘These intricate, beautiful hairstyles also once saved lives.’

New York Times | ‘In the Amazon, Today’s Environmental Problems Become Tomorrow’s Catastrophes’

@neilrkaye | ‘I decided to make an updated and improved animating Mercator animation’

Economist | ‘It’s better to be a poor pupil in a rich country than the reverse’

The Guardian | ‘The maps that show life is slowly getting better’

DX Lab | ‘We Are What We Steal.’

Gramener | ‘The Nashville Presidential Debate’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election’

@webk1d | ‘Our new data visualization shows all 12,774 demonstrations that have been registered in Berlin since 2018.’

@stamen | ‘New work! Visualizing fifty years of automatic street photographs by Ed Ruscha on Sunset Boulevard’

@W_R_Chase | ‘The Retired: A visual history of the Atlantic’s worst hurricanes’

Bloomberg | ‘Tracking the Atlantic Hurricane Season’

@SonjaKuijpers | ‘New Project! The layout shows the 24 Sekki and 72 Ko (the phases of the season) of the Japanese seasonal calendar’

@nytimes | ‘These are 922 of the most powerful people in America.’

@SchofieldAngela | ‘11,000 angels suspended over the nave of Ripon Cathedral, made by volunteers and school children. They are a tribute to key workers and those who have died from coronavirus.’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘Making Census Data Open, Accessible and Useful for Real People’

Fast Company | ‘To tell the real story, data journalist Mona Chalabi draws imperfect lines’

Our World in Data | ‘Why is life expectancy in the US lower than in other rich countries?’

The Guardian | ‘Without learning to think statistically, we’ll never know when people are bending the truth’

The McGill Tribune | ‘When life gives you data, make visual art’

Learning & Development

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

Nature | ‘The misuse of colour in science communication’

@ieeevis | ‘Sinestream is a variant of streamgraphs which can improve its readability by minimizing sine illusion effects.’

@ieeevis | ‘Sequence Braiding, a visualization technique to represent sequences of events that helps in detecting trends and patterns in the data.’

@palewire | ‘I gave a presentation today at an all-hands LA Times meeting about our Data Graphics department. It was my attempt to explain what we do and why I think it’s working.’

Subject News

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

@AlexKale17 | ‘My paper with Jessica Hullman & Matthew Kay on “Visual Reasoning Strategies for Effect Size Judgments and Decisions” won Best Paper at IEEE InfoVis 2020!’

@cambecc | ‘Earth.nullschool.net has a new UI starting today!’

Fast Company | ‘This year’s Innovation by Design Awards’

@tjukanov | ‘The #30DayMapChallenge 2020 categories are here.’

Nightingale | ‘Introducing Outlier — A Conference Hosted by the Data Visualization Society’

Washington Post | ‘Kat Downs Mulder named managing editor/digital of The Washington Post’

Hollywood Reporter | ‘New Comics Publisher Storyworlds Launches’

@kennethfield | ‘I’m genuinely proud as punch to share that my new book is called “Thematic Mapping”‘ – Coming soon!

@mitvis | ‘We’re thrilled to introduce Lyra 2’

Vistools | ‘Interactive resource for comparing visualization tools’

Sundries

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

@horacezhl | ‘Ants as artists.’

@marcsallent | ‘Thread portraits’

@luisferpo | The new Queen’s Park FC away shirt design shows a pattern formed out of all their results through history

@randal_olson | ‘Someone surveyed 1,600 people about how many holes certain objects have…’

@TimHarford | ‘World Statistics Day only comes every five years – like the Olympics – so it’s time to express a little mindful gratitude for all the statisticians and other wonderful nerds out there helping us to understand the world. [Thread]’

@splattne | ‘The Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator, a British product from the 1920s, is a scroll-map navigator in the shape of a watch. ‘

Best of the visualisation web… September 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 September 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@adamrpearce | ‘Explore COVID-19 Symptoms Search Trends’

Datawrapper | ‘These scatter plots of heat and rain helped me understand our changing climate’

New York Times | ‘The True Colors of America’s Political Spectrum Are Gray and Green’

Stanford | ‘Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination’

@CedScherer | ‘Not my cup of coffee…’

ESPN | ‘Mapping College Football Crowds and COVID Risk’

Washington Post | ‘What if all covid‑19 deaths in the United States had happened in your neighborhood?’

Reuters | ‘Collision course: How a Japanese bulk carrier strayed from shipping lanes before disaster struck’

@eleanor_lutz | ‘A very informative “how to vote” special issue is in the print @nytimes today’

Bloomberg | ‘Fight over fish fans a new stage of conflict in South China Sea’

New York Times | ‘Charting an Empire: A Timeline of Trump’s Finances’

Flowing Data | ‘Timeline of California Wildfires’

ProPublica | ‘New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States’

@JanWillemTulp | ‘NEW — side project, a simulation to get an intuitive sense of how fast #COVID19 is spreading in each country, see it, and hear it!’

@jasontreat | ‘Happy Dino Day! Today we’ve published Reimagining Dinosaurs, a broad and deep dive on the most exciting ever for dinosaur research.’ (Thread)

karim_douieb | ‘”Noisy City” with three sound waves is an audible dataviz experiment aiming at making you physically feel the noise pollution happening in Brussels’

@laessr | ‘New side project: The Colors of Jean Giraud — A homage the great comic artist Moebius.’

New York Times | ‘Which Police Departments Are as Diverse as Their Communities?’

Pentagram | ‘A series of data visualizations highlight the Global Goals for Sustainable Development with surprising facts that inspire people to take action’

Periscopic | An update to the classic ‘gun deaths’ visualisation

@h_i_g_s_c_h | ‘Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker’

@JZarracina | ‘The destruction of the wildfires raging across the western states is overwhelming’

The Guardian | ‘Electoral college explained: how the US election is an uphill battle for Biden’

@HeikkiVesanto | ‘The road from every townland in Ireland to Dublin’

New York Times | ‘How a Massive Bomb Came Together in Beirut’s Port’

@OrdnanceSurvey | ‘The cartographic challenges of mapping Britain’s motorway junctions’

Pablo Robles | Outstanding new portfolio collection

@samjoiner | ‘”I found a database of all 8.3m trees in London!” And so our project on the UK’s urban forests began…’

@sdbernard | ‘Animation showing how smoke from the wildfires on the west coast of the US is affecting areas as far away as New York, and even northern Europe’

Pudding | ‘Why are K-pop groups so big?’

dataisbeautiful | ‘I wrote a script which builds the face of an animal based on the population number of the species’

Washington Post | ‘Nobody can predict this election. Here’s why.’

Reuters | ‘The pace of death’

@John_M_Nelson | ‘Sparkline map of coronavirus cases since Feb, updated daily.’

New York Times | ‘The Battleground States Biden and Trump Need to Win 270’

Articles

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

The Correspondent | ‘How maps in the media make us more negative about migrants’

Vivid Data Visualization | ‘Data visualization storytelling from within its industrial culture of uniqueness’

Medium | ‘How we used data to design modern record certification plaques’

@distillpub | ‘Communicating with Interactive Articles’

@encode_info | ‘What is the Future of Dataviz Festivals?’

Dataviz Shef | ‘Data Visualization’s Social Role’

Nightingale | ‘How Tekken Reinvented My Data Visualization Design Process’

Junk Charts | ‘Unlocking the secrets of a marvellous data visualization’

SSRC | ‘Visualizing a Pandemic: Epistemological Conflicts over Covid-19 Data on Social Media’

Learning & Development

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

Datawrapper | ‘How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations’

Observable | ‘A Quantitative Approach to Colour Palette Selection’

Stack Magazines | ‘Making sense of coronavirus’ podcast interview with Rob Orchard, one of the editors behind Delayed Gratification, the quarterly news magazine

YouTube | ‘How to Read Uncertainty Visualizations’ talk by Lace Padilla

TED | Christoph Niemann TED2018 ‘You are fluent in this language (and don’t even know it)’

Imperial | ‘Visualising Uncertainty: A Short Introduction’

@dataliteracycom | ‘”Data Literacy Fundamentals” was created for all who are just getting started on their data journey, and for those looking to go back and lay a more firm foundation. ‘

Taylor & Francis Online | Paper: ‘Data Organization in Spreadsheets’ by Karl W. Broman & Kara H. Woo

EagerEyes YouTube | ‘Chart Appreciation: Driving Safety, in Fits and Starts’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Data art posters about music (streaming) data for Sony Music’

Pudding | ‘How to make dope shit! Part 3: Storytelling’

Ada Lovelace Institute | ‘Should more public trust in data-driven systems be the goal?’

Eytan Adar | Paper: ‘Communicative Visualizations as a Learning Problem’ by Eytan Adar and Elsie Lee

Cornell | Paper: ‘What Do We Actually Learn from Evaluations in the “Heroic Era” of Visualization?’

Subject News

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

@Datawrapper | ‘Big (big!) map update! Our choropleth and symbol maps are now simpler to create, quicker to load, and more beautiful.’

@jscarto | ‘You can now browse NASA Earth stories by location’

Gizmodo | ‘Engineers Have Figured Out How to Make Interactive Paper’

Waterstones | New book: ‘
Underground Cities: Mapping the tunnels, transits and networks underneath our feet (Hardback)’ by Mark Ovenden

Medium | ‘Creating an animated smoke map’ – a ‘how to’ post from Steve linked to the project listed above

Cambridge Intelligence | ‘Introducing KronoGraph: Timeline visualizations that drive investigations’

Truth and Beauty | ‘Deep Learning UX: Can we teach machines to 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 | ‘Facts v feelings: how to stop our emotions misleading us’

Design Council | ‘Design Council Impact Report’

@adamemccann | ‘Painting with Tableau: A “painting” of my home in Tableau with the help of RStudio and ProCreate.’

Bloomberg | ‘Choose the perfect streaming TV bundle’

The Guardian | ‘A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?’

@chromato_mania | ‘A 6 inch aerial embroidery complete with 3D hills’

This Is Colossal | ‘A New Book Chronicles the 125-Year History of the Button, Its Design, and Its Role in Cultural Change’

@mikebrondbjerg | ‘OK, Illustrators… I have a question. If you want to add a highlight (B) and a shadow (C) to a particular colour (A), how do you approach choosing those colours?’ (Some great replies)

Youtube | ‘Blade Runner: San Francisco’

Open Culture | ‘A Short Introduction to Caravaggio, the Master Of Light ‘

Best of the visualisation web… August 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 August 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@undertheraedar | ‘Where does all the rain fail (in Britain)’

Spatial Awareness | ‘Thunderbolts and lightning, very very enlightening: 4 Weeks of Global Lightning Strikes’

Texty | ‘Here’s how Ukraine was swept by populism. History of voting since 2006’

Scientific American | ‘We invite you to explore 175 years of words in Scientific American. ‘

@samjoiner | ‘How safe it is for you to commute to work by bike’

New York Times | ‘See the entire constellation of speakers at the Republican Convention’

@FiveThirtyEight | ‘Biden is favored to win the election, but there’s still time for the race to tighten, according to the FiveThirtyEight presidential forecast’

Washington Post | ‘A vaccine, or millions of deaths: How America can build herd immunity to the coronavirus’

@DKThomp | ‘What is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?’

New York Times | ‘Racism’s Hidden Toll’

Two-N | ‘MTA Ridership Changes due to Covid-19’

@physicsJ | ‘Here’s what the Earth & Moon look like for a month from each other’

C82 | ‘Title Cities: Cityscapes based on title pages of influential antique books.’

@SCMPgraphics | ‘The global implications of the massive temperature spikes in a remote Russian town inside the Arctic Circle’

Tableau Public | ‘Escher’s Gallery: A collection of 470 artworks by M.C. Escher’ (by Wendy Shijia)

@WSJGraphics | ‘Internet usage soared 25% within a few days in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Americans to stay home’

Agência Lupa | ‘To humanize COVID-19 data in Brazil… “What if all the victims were your neighbors?”‘

Articles

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

The Pudding | ‘The Pudding’s process to go from idea to data story’

Online Journalism Blog | ‘Here are the angles journalists use most often to tell the stories in data’

Typography | Short piece about developing the Biden-Harris logo

PolicyViz | ‘On…Diverging Color Palettes in Maps’

Google Docs | ‘This is a non-exhaustive and in-progress list of people and resources in Accessibility and Data Visualization put together by @LareneLg’

AlJazeera | ‘The Truth in Numbers: Redefining Data Journalism Through Art’

@Telegraph | ‘You can cut the data in different ways but the UK sits at or close to the top of the league tables for death whichever way you slice it’

Learning & Development

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

Voila | ‘Food for the future: Advising students creating climate visualization’

@Dan_Clark5 | Short thread on the technical process that went into the Times’ piece above about bike safety

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How We Designed The Look Of Our 2020 Forecast’

Data Sorcery | ‘Wanna know how to work with layers in Tableau like in Illustrator? ‘

@moritz_stefaner | Thread about the design for the Scientific American work listed above

SAGE Journals | ‘Intentionality and design in the data sonification of social issues’ by Sara Lenzi and Paolo Ciuccarelli

Subject News

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

Malofiej | ’17 gold, 65 silver and 87 bronze medals at Malofiej 28′

Gleek | ‘Free diagram maker for developers!’

The Guardian | ‘Google Maps gets worldwide visual overhaul’

Visual Discoveries | New Book: ‘Visual Discoveries: A Collection of Sections’ by Allen Keith Yee

RAWGraphs | ‘RAWGraphs 2.0 (alpha) is coming!’

Sundries

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

National Geographic | ‘The surreal art of ‘unnatural lighting’’

Best of the visualisation web… July 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 July 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Reuters | ‘New normal: How far is safe enough?’

Washington Post | ‘Biden calls for 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. Here’s how far we have to go.’

The Pudding | ‘Which song is more likely to be recognized by future generations? Defining the ’90s Music Canon’

New York Times | ‘Why Does America Have Old Leaders?’

Reuters | ‘Why time feels so weird in 2020’

@theshapeofashow | ‘Beautiful data representations of your favourite shows. Updates twice daily. Made by @defaced.’

Economist | ‘Tracking the coronavirus across Europe’

McKinsey | ‘The Emotion Archive: How have people around the world coped with the COVID-19 crisis?’

C82 | ‘British & Exotic Mineralogy: All 2,242 illustrations from James Sowerby’s compendium of knowledge about mineralogy in Great Britain and beyond, drawn 1802–1817 and arranged by color.’

WHO | ‘Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 response’

National Geographic | ‘How the new coronavirus surges compare to New York City’s peak’

New York Times | ‘Meet the 3 Spacecraft Heading to Mars This Summer’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Canceled Races Aren’t Stopping Endurance Athletes From Setting Wild New Records’

@philogb | ‘Hyperbolic Floors maps hundreds of floors across the world to tessellations in Hyperbolic space. The result is a novel way to look at floor tilings and their infinite nature.’

Propublica | ‘What Coronavirus Job Losses Reveal About Racism in America’

Reuters | ‘The scale of coronavirus deaths: Global deaths from COVID-19 have exceeded one million, according to a Reuters tally, in another grim milestone for the global pandemic.’

@Worville | ‘These are the passes that defined Liverpool’s title.’

@karim_douieb | ‘The number of tornadoes is on the rise. Here is a Tornado Chart™ illustrating it.’

New York Times | ‘I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing’

Len Kiefer | ‘Updated Favorite Data Visualizations: A place for us to find updated versions of favorite data visualizations’

Articles

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

Nightingale | ‘How to Create Brand Colors for Data Visualization Style Guidelines’

PolicyViz | ‘Critiquing a Data Visualization Critique’

CPJ | ‘Data journalists describe challenges of reporting on the true toll of COVID-19’

Medium | ‘Forget data science. We need communication science.’

Nightingale | ‘Re-viz-ited: Mapping an Early Spring’

@AdobeResearch | ‘Creating responsive visualizations that adapt the content for users on different devices can be laborious. How can we make this process easier?’

Spatial Awareness | ‘An interview with spatial artist Craig Taylor’

Medium | ‘Menus, Metaphors and Materials: Milestones of User Interface Design’

Nightingale | ‘With Great Visualization Comes Great Responsibility’

@mgiraldo | ‘I wrote about Aereo, the project I did for my fellowship at the #DxLab @statelibrarynsw’

NZ Commuters | ‘New Zealand’s Commuting Flows’

Nieman Lab | ‘This is how FiveThirtyEight is trying to build the right amount of uncertainty into its 2020 election data analysis’

Ada Lovelace Institute | ‘To be seen we must be measured: data visualisation and inequality’

Learning & Development

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

@abhishekn | ‘Quick thread about a mapping trick the @nytimes has adopted in the last few weeks that have dramatically improved their coronavirus maps.’

Observablehq | The workings behind a ‘Racial demographic dot-density map’

Lindsey Poulter | ‘The Process Behind Building a Winning Iron Viz Feeder Dashboard’

Nightingale | ‘Sketching the World: An Icebreaker to Working With Data’

Ahmad Shadeed | ‘The State Of Pixel Perfection’

@flowingdata | ‘I’ve been marking FD posts with their chart type for a few years. You can see all of them in one place now.’

SimplexCT | ‘Tufte in Excel, The Slopegraph’

C82 | ‘Making of British & Exotic Mineralogy’

@wiederkehra | ‘Time for a lil background on the concept process of our interactive forecast (Thread)’

Datawrapper | ‘How to embed visualizations in PowerPoint presentations’

Subject News

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

Amazon | New Book: ‘The World Explained in 264 Infographics’ by Jan Schwochow

Sundries

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

Hans Eijkelboom | ‘Hans Eijkelboom has been taking to the shopping streets of countless cities around the world to photographically record the dizzying sartorial diversity that is such a defining hallmark of global capitalism’

@bengoldacre | ‘We pulled together a huge team to look at how we can bring NHS data analysis into the 21st century. ‘

The Athletic | ‘There is a value on information. It is no different for footballers’

Datawrapper | ‘You’ve informed the public with visualizations about the coronavirus. Thank you.’

New York Times | ‘Reconstructing Journalistic Scenes in 3D’

@mbabwahsingh | ‘Random find: DuPont had a chart room!’

Best of the visualisation web… June 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 June 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Adrian Brandon | ‘This series is dedicated to the many black people that were robbed of their lives at the hands of the police… I use time as a medium to define how long each portrait is colored in. 1 year of life = 1 minute of color’

@elmundograficos | ‘The wealth of the rich suffers from the epidemic.’ [translated]

New York Times | ‘How the Virus Won’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘With Liverpool on the brink of an historic title, we took a deep dive into their transformation under Klopp both on and off the pitch’

The Guardian | ‘data shows 10 countries risking coronavirus second wave as lockdown relaxed’

@DylanSpielman | ‘Keir Starmer scores the highest satisfaction ratings *ever* of an opposition leader on record’

Behance | ‘The visualization shows data on population density for 40 countries. The selected counties are the top 40 ones by density with a population of more than 10,000,000.’

@aLucasLopez | ‘For Nat Geo’s June issue, we created a visualization of the one hundred deadliest events throughout history in a graphic (Thread)’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Do You Know How Divided White And Black Americans Are On Racism?’

Tableau Public | ‘Ebb & Flow: Music genre popularity over time (1980 – 2016)’

Behance | ‘The 2019 Annual Report for the State Commission for the Protection of the Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia’

The Guardian | ‘Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow’

Dezeen | ‘The thesis work of Northeastern University’s Experience Design and Information Design and Visualization programs’

Child care deserts | ‘Child care deserts’

@CraigTaylorViz | ‘Transit in Motion: Abstract and sometimes chaotic depictions of daily bus volumes throughout different cities’

New York Times | ‘The Gaps Between White and Black America, in Charts’

@data4change | ‘Check out this video to find out what we’ve been busy working on for the past few months to encourage advocates to participate in the #UPR process at the UN’

@ellawinthrop | ‘This is not what I expected to publish exactly 2 months from my first day at NYT Business’

@dandad | ‘At Basket le Mag, great basketball players are considered artists. To celebrate these players, they teamed up with @TBWA_PARIS and fused the player’s stats with data visualizations, and turned the game into art. ‘

@darenw | ‘Breaking down the movement of every #MLB base runner last season… 384+ million data points.’

SCMP | ‘Arrested Hong Kong protesters: how the numbers look one year on’

My Plastic Footprint | ‘Turning a year of plastic waste into #DataArt. Each turtle visualises an hour of my plastic footprint.’

New York Times | ‘How Americans Feel About the Country Right Now: Anxious. Hopeful.’

ABC | ‘The virus and the vaccine’

@NadiehBremer | ‘New!! Party popper I’ve created a streamgraph-meets-bump-chart #dataviz to show the rise & sudden surge in the no. of satellites orbiting Earth’

Buzzfeed | ‘The FBI Used Its Most Advanced Spy Plane To Watch Black Lives Matter Protests’

Bloomberg | ‘Mapping America’s Underwater Real Estate’

@smallmultiples | ‘It’s interesting to see how so many places in Australia were named after just three colonial figures: James Cook, Charles Cameron Kingston, and Lachlan Macquarie.’

@undertheraedar | ‘City street pattern maps’

Washington Post | ‘The virus that shut down the world’

@tillnm | ‘Strange and fascinating topological world map’

@neilrkaye | ‘The UK is getting both warmer and wetter, this #dataviz shows the UK average annual temperature and average rainfall total from 1884 to 2019.’

New York Times | ‘How Public Opinion Has Moved on Black Lives Matter’

Articles

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

Datawrapper | ‘How your colorblind and colorweak readers see your colors (part 1 of 3)’

MIT | ‘Design in a major key’

@mattdesl | ‘I’ve published an interactive & editable article with more details on how to create perceptually smooth CIELAB spline gradients:’

Medium | ‘Why humans love pie charts: An historical and evolutionary perspective’

FiveThirthyEight | ‘Why Statistics Don’t Capture The Full Extent Of The Systemic Bias In Policing’

New York Times | ‘An Artist Who Channels Her Anger Into Pie Charts’

Storytelling With Data | ‘So many little decisions’

Mother Jones | ‘The “Flatten the Curve” Chart Was Ugly and Not Scientifically Rigorous. Why Did It Work So Well?’

Medium | ‘Visualizing COVID-19: Telling the story of COVID-19 data with Johns Hopkins University’

Learning & Development

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

Nightingale | ‘Choosing Fonts for Your Data Visualization’

Data Viz Today | ‘pisode 55: How to Get Your First Data Viz Freelance Project — Featuring Dr. Stephanie Evergreen’

@benheubl | ‘The one-page visual investigation bonanza: A guide on how to start producing one-page visual journalism projects and when they are most useful etc.’

Nightingale | ‘The Difference Between Teaching and Doing Data Visualization—and Why One Helps the Other’

@tom_hirst | ‘Pricing freelancing projects. Everything I’ve learned. A thread.’

Multiple Views | ‘Teaching Visualization with Design Studies for Social Good’

Subject News

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

@iamabookonline | New Book: “I am a book.”, by Miriam Quick and Stefanie Posavec

@hmtk | ‘Excited to see
Sheffield University launch ‘Dataviz.Shef’ to build a dataviz community at Sheffield’

Malofiej | New Book: “Malofiej 27”, ‘the book includes all the winners of the 27th edition along with reports and profiles’

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 | ‘Earth’s final frontier: the global race to map the entire ocean floor’

@darabin | ‘This full 3d scan of the graffiti covered Robert E. Lee monument’

@maartenzam | ‘Today I learned about dazzle camouflage ‘

YouTube | ‘A Decade of Sun’

@yashar | ‘This is a horrific graphic to have put up on air. My god.’ (Yeah, don’t do stuff like this)

@jacknicas | Don’t do this either, for slightly different reasons

@OskSta | ‘#Townscaper is out in Early Access! ‘

The Guardian | ‘Painting the town red … and green and yellow: art movement brings new colour to London’

Tech Xplore | ‘What jumps out in a photo changes the longer we look’

Best of the visualisation web… May 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 May 2020.

Note: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

New York Times | ‘New York is quiet. Listen to the birds’

@katemclean | ‘Version 2 of the hospital corridor #smellscape’

@theneilrichards | ‘Now on
@tableaupublic – all 31 days of my self-appointed #31DaysOfFlood challenge’

SCMP | ‘United States passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths: If New York was a graveyard’

New York Times | ’54 Ways Coronavirus Has Changed Our World’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Without A Vaccine, Herd Immunity Won’t Save Us’

New York Times | ‘An Incalculable Loss’

BBC | ‘Which Premier League squads need work in the transfer window?’

Reuters | ‘For cops who kill, special Supreme Court protection’ (Like the stringy Sankey)

Gabrielle Merite | Really nice portfolio of work (and site)

@ftdata | ‘SpaceX has become the first private company to launch humans into orbit’

@PostGraphics | ‘One hundred thousand Americans dead in less than four months. Each of those deaths is represented as a ray of light.’

@tjukanov | ‘Northern (Finland) Growth Zone Information Service: Regional indicators, live traffic data and mobile location data visualized with #KeplerGL’

@CraigTaylorViz | ‘Los Angeles Bus Journeys’

@PostGraphics | ‘A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19’s new surge across rural America’

@joshbegley | ‘Every coronavirus story on the front page of the New York Times. This is 2020 so far.’

Reuters | ‘Anatomy of Singapore’s outbreak’

Happy Data | ‘Hopeful views of the world through data and drawings.’

PolicyViz | ‘PolicyViz Data Visualization Catalog’

Heineken | ‘A tool that offers employees across the globe transparency about their career opportunities’ (work by Jan Willem Tulp)

New York Times | ‘A Study Said Covid Wasn’t That Deadly. The Right Seized It.’

@rastrau | ‘How is our mobility changing because of #COVID19 & as a result of easing?’ [Translated]

@AlexanderVar7 | ‘The Consciousness on Nations’

Articles

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

DesignObserver | ‘Birthing Dataviz’

Online Journalism Blog | ‘Coronavirus: 3 ways journalists need to get to grips with uncertainty during the pandemic’

LSE | ‘The public do not understand logarithmic graphs used to portray COVID-19’

Robert Janezic | ‘Experimenting in Data Visualization’

Medium | ‘Discovering ‘Moments that Matter’ for truly meaningful Data Design’

Nightingale | ‘Really pleased that my second essay on building a career in #dataviz is published!’

Nightingale | ‘How Do You Simulate a Pandemic?’

@kennethfield | ‘I had a great time chatting to the FT’s Alan Smith a couple of weeks ago about coronavirus coxcombs and waffles’

@AlbertoCairo | ‘The Dawn of a Philosophy of Visualization’

Learning & Development

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

Nightingale | ‘COVID-19 Data Literacy is for Everyone’

UncertaintyVizBrowser | ‘The UncertaintyVis Browser: An Interactive Survey of Uncertainty Visualisation Research Publications.’

YouTube | ‘How coronavirus charts can mislead us’

@EeDanhi | ‘Off the charts: user engagement enhancers in election infographics’

@jwato_watson | ‘Pixelate to communicate! Varying pixelation is a powerful tool to show point estimates & uncertainty estimates in a single plot/map’

Data Stories | ‘Visualizing COVID-19 with Carl Bergstrom’

@Living_WithData | ‘The Living With Data review of existing research has been published today.’

@lisacrost | ‘Dear #dataviz peeps, let’s discuss: Is it ok to differentiate between categories with lightness, or should we use hues?’

HAL archives-ouvertes | Paper: ‘What is Interaction for Data Visualization?’ by Evanthia Dimara and Charles Perin

@driven_by_data | Excellent thread explaining approach to min-max scales for line charts

Voila | ‘Domesticated Honeybees: Improving conservation through communication

@wattenberg | ‘I’ve been seeing unusual “tornado plot” diagrams floating around, and wrote a tiny interactive tool to help myself understand them.’

Subject News

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

@J_CD_T | ‘New, Free Data: We have just published the code and data behind our excess mortality tracker on Github.’

(This wasn’t really the month for news of a data visualisation flavour)

Sundries

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

Cinephilia & Beyond | A thorough dissection of George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ but I especially love the concept art panels half-way down the article

@mslima | ‘What makes a great tool? One of the most elegant definitions I’ve encountered was…’

@visualizevalue | Some nice simple designs to represent thoughts, ideas, mantras etc.

BBC | ‘Why time seems to be going faster while we are in lockdown’

BBC | ‘Why Admiral’s ‘flashy’ England strip now commands respect’

New York Times | ‘Taking Lessons From a Bloody Masterpiece’

The Paris Review | ‘How to Draw the Coronavirus’

Best of the visualisation web… April 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 April 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

People of the Pandemic | ‘People of the Pandemic: A hyperlocal cooperative simulation game

Joshua Stevens | ‘New Map Poster of the Topographic Relief of Mars’

Duncan Geere | ‘Carbon in Context lets you compare wildly different quantities of CO2 emissions without resorting to log scales’

Bloomberg | ‘How 2020 Remapped Your Worlds’

SCMP | ‘How the coronavirus spread in Hong Kong’

New York Times | ‘Where America Didn’t Stay Home Even as the Virus Spread’

De Volkskrant | ‘How are we going to solve the pandemic puzzle?’

Washington Post | ‘This is how mass unemployment looks on the ground’

@sarahslo | ‘Thread: I got curious about what is underneath the economy. worry about what weakness we are not yet seeing. @fcage and I were talking about this, we started looking at data and asking questions.’

The Pudding | ‘This is a music challenge, testing how well you recognize historic hits.’

The Guardian | ‘How coronavirus spread across the globe – visualised’

ABC | ‘Unrecognisable: Historic photos show Australia in shutdown’

Tribune de Genève | ‘The latest figures on the epidemic in Switzerland’

New York Times | ‘America Will Struggle After Coronavirus. These Charts Show Why.’

Washington Post | ‘How coronavirus grounded
the airline industry’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Why The Progressive Left Fits So Uncomfortably Within The Democratic Party’

The Guardian | ‘The traffic data that shows the road into – and out of – Covid-19 lockdown’

Scott Reinhard Maps | ‘Scott Reinhard Maps’… rather beautifully

The Guardian | ‘Britain breaks record for coal-free power generation’

Reuters | ‘Sheltering in small places: What life indoors looks like in Tokyo’s cramped homes’

Nesta | ‘Measuring regional skill mismatches: Can big data help?’

Washington Post | ‘Crisis begins to hit professional and public-sector jobs once considered safe’

New York Times | ‘How Coronavirus Mutates and Spreads’

New York Times | ‘Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say’

Studio Terp | ‘The Hotel New Hampshire: A data-art project’

ABC | ‘What we can learn from the countries winning the coronavirus fight’

The Pudding | ‘The Infinite Monkey Theorem Experiment’

The Economist | ‘Tracking covid-19 excess deaths across countries’

The Times | ‘Learning the language of lockdown’

Reuters | ‘How coronavirus hitched a ride through China’

ABC | ‘Scientists translate coronavirus spike protein into music, revealing more about its structure’

ABC | ‘The lockdown effect’

Bloomberg | ‘Coronavirus Is Spreading and Cruise Ships Are Still Sailing’

Articles

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

Five Thirty Eight | ‘Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model ‘

Five Thirty Eight | ‘One Chart Isn’t Going To Tell You When The Pandemic Peaked’

@nightingale | ‘Re-Viz-ited: Every Volcanic Eruption Since 1880’

Fast Company | ‘Andrew Cuomo’s PowerPoints are endearingly primitive, so this designer redid them’

University of Maryland | ‘How Data Visualization Helps Us to Approach the COVID-19 Pandemic’

@nightingale | ‘Making Data Physical Could Help Us Care for the Planet’

ppa | Interview with Helen Atkinson, visual data journalist at The Economist

Scientific American | ‘Leading with the Unknowns in COVID-19 Models: In times of great uncertainty, we should look beyond the data’

Nightingale | ‘Lessons From China’s COVID-19 Visualizations’

Learning & Development

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

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

Data Stories | ‘Episode 158, Viz Agencies, with CLEVER°FRANKE and Interactive Things’

@samjoiner | Useful thread discussing the reasons behind a switch from a symbol map of coronavirus cases in the UK to a ridge map

University of California, Merced | A pre-print of ‘Uncertainty Visualization’, to appear in the Handbook of Computational Statistics and Data Science, by Lace Padilla, Matthew Kay, and Jessica Hullman

YouTube | ‘How coronavirus charts can mislead us’ by Vox

Voila | ‘Behind the scenes: How we visualized gender inequality’

YouTube | ‘Create & Learn – Art & Science in Our Online Life Data’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Case study: A sky map of the Hubble Space Telescope’s observations’

Subject News

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

Data Journalism | Book: ‘Verification Handbook: For Disinformation And Media Manipulation’ edited by Craig Silverman

John Benjamins | Book: ‘Special issue of Information Design Journal 25:1 (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.

@aLucasLopez | ‘Epic illustrated map of the Met Museem by @JohnKerschbaum’

Guardian | ‘Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus’

@Worville | ‘There’s plenty of sports that Premier League teams lean on for inspiration and right now F1 is a big one. ‘

The Guardian | ‘Lockdown has cut Britain’s vibrations, seismologists find’

Best of the visualisation web… March 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 March 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.


Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@romsson | ‘How long it took to reach 500 #COVID deaths?
(by countries)’

The Marshall Project | ‘Why Jails Are So Important in the Fight Against Coronavirus’

Washington Post | ‘Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”’

@MonaChalabi | ‘0.03%’

SCMP | ‘China’s wildlife trade’

Physics Today | ‘Hubble’s 30-year legacy’

Bloomberg | ‘Coronavirus Lockdown Has Emptied London’s Bustling Streets’

New York Times | ‘How the Virus Got Out’

@ncasenmare | Thread of graphical illustrations explaining contact tracing

The Pudding | ‘The Evolution of the American Census’

HCIL | ‘List of Visualizations related to the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic’

New York Times | ‘Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak’

Datawrapper | ‘#FlattenTheCurve’

The Shape of Dreams | ‘A visual exploration of Google searches for the interpretation of dreams’

The Economist | ‘Foot traffic has fallen sharply in cities with big coronavirus outbreaks’

Washington Post | ‘From ‘It’s going to disappear’ to ‘WE WILL WIN THIS WAR’’

@SiouxsieW | One of the most widely shared and seen versions of the ‘flatten the curve’ graphic explainer

@Frankman1000 | ‘The ONS’s Housing Affordability Calculator

Mapbox | ‘Where and when local travel decreased from COVID-19 around the world: What telemetry data tells us’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘We’re tracking real-time data to get an indication of how and when countries are locking down, and which Asian countries are getting back up and running.’

New York Times | ‘How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells’

@jonni_walker | ‘Tracking Bar-headed Geese in @Mapbox & @Tableau’

@joshbegley | ‘Every @nytimes story. Watch the virus become the whole page.’

@juruwolfe | ‘Pick your own Super Tuesday winners and watch our forecast adjust in real time.’

Nightingale | ‘Visualizing 36 Hours on the Alcan Highway’

@KevinQ | ‘Not the most normal chart I’ve ever seen’

Washington Post | ‘Safe Passages: Rocky Mountain animals will move as the climate warms. These corridors could give them an easier path.’

@Reuters | ‘Cities across the globe look deserted as governments urged people to stay indoors’

@nigelhawtin | ‘Enjoyed doing this for
Scientific American: What is really killing monarch butterflies?’

@rileydchampine | ‘These charts show how different U.S. cities fared during the 1918 #spanishflu’

Saralenzi | ‘Sonifying COVID-19: strategies compared, quickly and from quarantine’

Vox | ‘These 3 supertrees can protect us from climate collapse: But can we protect them?’

@puddingviz | ‘We want to amplify the vitally important work that’s already being done. (Read through this thread and we’ll continue to add examples.)’

@VismeApp | ‘Today, we are starting an ongoing thread with the best #dataviz about the #coronavirus #COVIDー19 pandemic.’

Radio Canada | ‘Self-driving cars
Who to save, who to sacrifice?’

@yurivish | ‘I made a visualization that argues the case for local governments to enact strong quarantine measures as quickly as possible.’

Articles

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

Van Schneider | ‘A data designer’s responsibility during a global crisis’

Poynter | ‘How a blockbuster Washington Post story made ‘social distancing’ easy to understand’

Nightingale | ‘How Self-Employed Data Visualization Designers Make a Living’

Chartio | ‘We Made SQL Visual – Why and How’

The Guardian | ‘Catherine D’Ignazio: ‘Data is never a raw, truthful input – and it is never neutral’

Hyperallergic | ‘COVID-19 Statistics in Instructive, Comforting Illustrations’

Eager Eyes | ‘The Visual Evolution of the “Flattening the Curve” Information Graphic’

Nightingale | ‘How to Visualize Layered Data to Show Holistic Relationships’

Voila | ‘How we rebranded an information design firm’

Will Chase | ‘Why I’m not making COVID19 visualizations, and why you (probably) shouldn’t either’

It’s Nice That | ‘National Geographic’s creative director explains the Optimism vs Pessimism issue’

The Atlantic | ‘The Official Coronavirus Numbers Are Wrong, and Everyone Knows It’

MIT | ‘3Q: Collaborating with users to develop accessible designs’

Nightingale | ‘Three Sportviz Inventions By a Hungarian Newspaper’

@sxywu | ‘I worked w/
@mplusmuseum to feature HK women artists and highlight their underrepresentation on @Wikipedia.’

Technology Review | ‘The best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards’

Learning & Development

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

We All Count | ‘Data Speak Decoder: If you want to Democratize, Demonstrate, Demystify data we need to pay attention to the words we use.’

@CT_Bergstrom | ‘A personal thread about the experience of working at the intersection of infectious disease modeling and the study of misinformation during the worst pandemic in a century.’

Clever Franke | Process narrative behind ‘A data driven identity for the Eurovision 2020 Song Contest that unifies and celebrates’

ABC | ‘What we can learn from the countries winning the coronavirus fight’

@EvanMPeck | ‘Creating data-driven maps of #COVID19 is hard, but I worry that a lot of people are being mislead because designers aren’t externalizing the tradeoffs of their visual representations. (thread)’

Medium | The design process story behind ‘The Shape of Dreams’

@vis_research | ‘What makes a good tool for creating visualizations? How do we reflect on their trade-offs?’

@wallacetim | ‘Ahoy, #NICAR20. Here are a couple references for my class on finding and telling stories with earth imagery’

Subject News

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

Amazon | New Book: ‘Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World’ by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West

Medium | ‘Why we’re combining our data and interactive teams to form a single data and digital storytelling desk’

@SnoForData | ‘We’re proud to announce the launch of Sno, a new open source project for distributed version-control for geospatial & tabular data!’

Sundries

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

@blprnt | ‘…I just learned that weather modeling is less precise right now because available data from commercial aircraft has been severely reduced’

@presentcorrect | ‘Typology of London’s Coal Hole Covers’

@infowetrust | ‘…Bar chart emoji are all innately offensive. Here is a thread rating them all.’

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’