Best of the visualisation web… August 2012

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. If you follow me on Twitter you will see many of these items shared as soon as I find them.

This was a slightly quieter month than normal (holidays, the world’s focus on the Olympics) so here’s a single collection from August 2012:

Moebio | Santiago performs one of his classic imaginative visualisation experiments using FatFonts (don’t use if you’ve got a headache!) | Experiment
The Functional Art | Features the video ‘Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See’, the documentary produced by Edward Tufte and his wife | Video
Stamen | Another month, another map rendering from the giants of the game, Stamen – this time is ‘Burning Maps’ | Mapping | Exploring a range of different visualisations around tv, film or other cinematic/moving images | Article/collection | Narrative of the design process behind the winning entry to’s Olympics viz contest | Narrative
Eager Eyes | Critical review from Robert following his attendance at Edward Tufte’s one day training course | Article | Very good article on the different design options for creating interactive visualisations | Article
emoto | A collection of all the blog posts emerging from the incredible emoto project, providing analysis around the sentiment from tweets about the Olympics | Article
Wired | Fascinating sculpture made by an electric saw introduced to a pile of Wired magazines | Sculpture
New York Times | Interactive slideshow from the NYT about the rise of Olympic stars through twitter | Interactive/Slideshow
Washington Post | Interesting analysis by WaPo on the age distribution of Olympians in different sports | Interactive
Charts’n’things | A number of great process narratives behind the exceptional series of Olympics graphics produced by the New York Times: Sketches from One Race, Every Medalist Ever, Why Amanda Cox should be in charge of audio, Shifts in rankings and All the passes – U.S. women’s soccer | Narratives
Think Datavis | Displaying the average longitude/latitude of medals won from the 2012 London Summer Olympics | Visualisation
The Functional Art | Alberto discussed visual poetry and information graphics | Article
BBC | An interesting white paper published in February from the BBC R&D department titled ‘Sports TV Applications of Computer Vision’ | Paper
Column Five | Another interesting interview with the peerless Nigel Holmes on his 50 years of designing infographics | Interview
BBC Click | Article about the ‘age of information overload’ | Article
Colour Lovers | A Visual History of Colour in Movie Posters | Gallery
New York Times | Drought and Deluge in the Lower 48 | Interactive
New York Times | Another view of the drought situation in the US | Interactive
Visual Loop | Interview with the one and only Santiago Ortiz | Interview
Guardian Datablog | Initial analysis from the great data release made available by Manchester City FC | Interactive
extent (PNW) | Mapping the streets of Portland using colour patterns for the address numbers | Visualisation
FastCo Design | “Hate Your Office? Take A Look At Some Of The World’s Most Creative Work Spaces” | Gallery
Wired | Article about Tableau ‘Tableau Software: Dataviz with a Pixar touch’ | Article
Distant Shape | Fascinating visualisation which analyses Apple’s transition from desktop to mobile based on ‘Daring Fireball’ article subjects | Article
School of Data | Report on a workshop that took place in India | Article

Periscopic | A great (and occasionally depressing) work to explore the different ages that people achieved great things in film, music and writing | Interactive
Timely Portfolio | Comprehensive piece about horizon graphs, including Mike Bostock video and different approaches | Article
Chengyin | WhatFont tool helps you determine the type or font used on web page – brilliantly useful | Tool
e-flux | Great idea, to bring together examples of projects that never saw the light of day – ‘A call for unrealized projects’ | Article
Silicon Angle | “Data Art vs. Visualization? The Distinction is Unproductive, says Artist Jer Thorp [Q&A]” | Interview
NPR | ‘Wildfire danger’ – map showing current large wildfires and forecast burning conditions in the lower 48 states | Interactive
UX Blog | Hurricanes since 1851 | Article
O’Reilly Strata | ‘Lies, damn lies, and visualizations: The intersection – and accompanying questions – of data science and journalism’ | Article
Mashable | How NASA Makes Scientific Data Beautiful | Article
The Listening Machine | ‘The Listening Machine is an automated system that generates a continuous piece of music based on the activity of 500 Twitter users around the United Kingdom’ | Audio/Visualisation
Cooper | Interesting take: ‘The best interface is no interface’ | Article
FastCo Design | Useful tips for startups on an important issue in business – avoiding being screwed over | Article
Washington Post | Political Geography of the GOP convention floor | Infographic
Creative Bits | The art of animation and motion graphics | Video

Presenting the top five most popular posts on Visualising Data during August:

1. The design process behind ‘The pursuit of faster’ project

2. Guest post: How Governments can better use data visualization

3. Best of the visualisation web… July 2012 (part 1)

4. The wonderful NYT series of Olympics graphics

5. Announcing my data visualisation training course schedule