Best of the visualisation web… December 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.

Here’s the latest collection from December 2012:

Mattiaparietti | An immersive and incredibly comprehensive look through the drink habits and patterns of the characters of Mad Men | Interactive Visualisation

Bomb Sight | Mapping the WW2 bomb census: Exploring the London Blitz during 7th October 1940 to 6th June 1941 | Interactive Visualisation

BBC | Interactive site to explore the UK census results and patterns | Interactive Visualisation

BBC | Population pyramids for the UK census population changes | Interactive Visualisation

Graphics Info | Graphic exploring the comparable goalscoring careers of Lionel Messi and Gerd Muller | Visualisation

Satyan Devadoss | Interesting radial/chord diagram to explore ‘Impact of Major on Career Path for 15600 Williams College Alums’ | Interactive Visualisation | Recapping the winners of the Visualizing Global Marathon | Gallery

Till Nagel | One of the winners of the Global Marathon, Till Nagel, describes his entry | Article

New York Times | Fun interactive way to determine who could be/have been hurt most by the US fiscal impasse | Interactive Visualisation

Design Seeds | Inspirational resouce for looking up colour palettes that you’ll love | Tool

UX Blog | Five years of US traffic fatalities | Visualisation

BBC | Plotted history of the growth of BBC News online | Interactive Visualisation

New York Times | A collection of their incredible work during 2012 | Gallery

Washington Post | Another wonderful collection of 2012 work, this time from the Washington Post | Gallery

Guardian US Interactive | 2012 in America: the year in review | Interactive Visualisation

Guardian Data Blog | A review of 2012 in data | Article

Mashable | Interview with and profile of Jer Thorp | Interview

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks | See how much money people make in every neighborhood in every city in America | Interactive Visualisation

Vizify | My year on Twitter – bit of fun testing out vizify tool | Interactive Visualisation

13pt | Drawing science in sign – design narrative about creating an infographic about sign language | Article

Charts n’ things | Kevin describes the challenge of choosing the best form | Article

Clearly and Simply | Building network graphics in Tableau | Article

blprnt | “This summer, Mark Hansen and I created an artwork, installed at the eBay headquarters in San Jose, which investigates this idea of the eBay database as a cultural artifact” | Article

Eager Eyes | The changing goals of data visualisation | Article

Polychart | Announcing the commercial launch of polychart | Article

UX Blog | “The Real Losers of Election 2012? The Colorblind” | Article

Junkcharts | There’s life without animation – nice analysis of the charts without moving parts that still convey time varying data | Article

National Infographic | Wonderful behind the scenes explanation of the work behind ‘Penguins hit the gas’ | Article

Tableau | Andy Cotgreave presents his ‘Top 5 Visualisations of All Time’ | Article

Peltier Tech Blog | Jon Schwabish’s guest post explaining and critiquing some of the charts doing the rounds about the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ [You made it Jon!] | Article

Eager Eyes | Robert discusses a really important design issue: affordance | Article

The Functional Art | Claiming back the word infographic | Article

Flowing Data | Time-lapse writing of a research paper | Video

Jerome Cukier | Events in the Games of Thrones | Interactive Visualisation

Brain Pickings | Looking at the wonderful work of Accurat and their English version of the history of Nobel Prizes | Article

FastCo Design | 9 Personal Stories Of Love And Travel, Told In Data-Driven Jewelry | Article

Visually | Using Visual Reasoning to Understand Numbers | Article

Wired | Twitter lets you download your entire tweet archive | Article

Guardian Data Blog | Great dataset collated by the Guardian on the number of guns sold in the US | Data

Vallandingham | Tutorial on building ‘Small Multiples with Details on Demand’ | Tutorial

The Functional Art | There’s beauty in print graphics | Article

Autodesk Research | OrgOrgChart: The evolution of an organisation | Article/Video

National Geographic | Vintage Data visualization at Nat Geo, circa 1900 | Gallery | Interesting approach to showing the density of populations as you move up and down the latitude of a coast | Interactive Visualisation

Eager Eyes | Robert introduces the Tapestry conference, taking place in Nashville on 27th Feb | Conference

New York Times | The rather incredible ‘Snow Fall’ interactive story-telling telling project | Interactive Story

Atlantic Wire | “What the NYT’s ‘Snow Fall’ means to online journalisms’s future” | Article

Charts n’ Things | Snow Fall: Making a mountain out of a mountain of data | Article

Poynter | “How The New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ project unifies text, multimedia” | Article

Grahaphics | 3D illustrator Graham Roberts describes his work on the Snow Fall project | Narrative

Source | Finally… A Q&A with the NYT team behind Snow Fall | Interview

Michael Babwahsingh | Michael discusses the idea of the ‘Dawn of the Understanding Age’ | Article

Guardian | Geography Game: How well do you know the world? | Interactive Project

Perceptual Edge | Stephen discusses the important issue of background colour | Article

Brain Pickings | Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype | Article

bmander | “This is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US and 2011 Canadian censuses. The map has 341,817,095 dots – one for each person” | Interactive Visualisation

Jonathan Crowe | New Book: “The Measure of Manhattan” | Book

BBC | Maps and Mapmaking | Programme

Data Desk | The LA Times’ Data Desk: Maps, Databases, Analysis and Visualisation | Site

Quartz | Check your US tax rate for 2012—and every year since 1913 | Interactive Visualisation

Wall Stats | An old one but needs resharing: ‘Down the Rabbit Hole of the Pentagon Graphics Machine’ | Gallery

Column Five | Cedric Kiefer on Generative Design | Interview

Viewtific | Building good infographics part 1: Just because you can say it doesn’t mean you can show it. | Article

Data Art | A Quick Illustrated History of Visualisation | Article/Site

Edward Tufte | Megan Jaegerman’s brilliant news graphics (from 2007) | Article/Gallery

Xocas | The NYT’s Xaquín G.V announces he is teaching at the School of Visual Arts and describes some of the themes he will be covering | Article

Fast Company | Without Human Insight, Big Data Is Just A Bunch Of Numbers | Article

Boing Boing | Jerry Seinfeld on information design (1981) | Video


Robert KalcikJanuary 23rd, 2013 at 11:33 am

Thanks for the inspiration! Would be great if you could post the lists in a more organised way, for example by topic, ranking or type. This might make your list more accessible.

Andy KirkJanuary 23rd, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thank you Robert. Yes, I’d love to do much more with this resource but to be honest the effort that goes into curating and compiling it kills me each month! Maybe I could at least organise the content by type. I do at least try to keep the topics bunched together where possible (such as snow fall this month, elections and sandy last month).

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Carla UrionaFebruary 7th, 2013 at 3:42 am

Andy, thanks for the shout-out to the article on Viewtific. I’m still trying to find my own rhythm as a blogger. It’s very encouraging that you found the post worth noting.