Best of the visualisation web… February 2015

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 2015.


Includes static and interactive visualisation examples, infographics and galleries/collections of relevant imagery.

Washington Post | Nice overlayed mapping showing ‘Damaging Quakes in Oklahoma’

RocketNews24 | ‘Tokyo’s labrynthine subway map in 3-D form!’

Info We Trust | ‘Creative routines’ – daily rituals of the good and the great

Data Driven DJ | ‘Two Trains: Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway’

Guardian | ‘Election 2015: The Guardian poll projection’

Health Intelligence | ‘Equiplot: A Chart to Display Equity Data’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Walk On: How Madden helped a schlub like me make it into NFL’

YouTube | ‘Visualizing Time by Icastic’

Inside Airbnb | ‘Airbnb affects the city’s housing supply and affordability. Explore the key variables of Airbnb use and how it impacts your neighborhood.’

Flowing Data | ‘Interactive: When Do Americans Leave For Work?’

On Broadway | ‘The interactive installation ON BROADWAY represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.’

ProPublica | ‘Over 1,100 Health Data Breaches, but Few Fines’

Ples Moz Ganov | I’m not entirely sure what this is, as it is in Slovenian, but it looks like an interesting data art project to map the physical movement involved in Dance. I think?

Washington Post | ‘What you need to know about the measles outbreak’

Ben Schmidt | ‘Gendered Language in Teacher Reviews’

Skunk Bear | ‘A predictive sound map of the US’

New York Times | ‘The sounds of the downhill’

WSJ | ‘Track National Unemployment, Job Gains and Job Losses’

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

Washington Post | ‘One way to Mars’


The emphasis on these items is that they are less about visualisation images and are more article-focused, so includes discussion, discourse, interviews and videos

National Geographic | ‘100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where’

Cartonerd | ‘When is a heat map not a heat map’

Jerome Cukier | First of an excellent 5-part series of posts discussing dashboards and advice for best practice (

GameAnalytics | ‘Data Visualization in Games’

Sheila Pontis | ‘Defining Information Design’

ProPublica | From 2013 ‘Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics’

Recode | ’10 years of Google Maps’

BBC | ‘Google’s Vint Cerf warns of digital Dark Age’

Haunted Machines | ‘A microconference at @FuturEverything 2015 about stories of ghosts and magic in technology’

Scientific American | ‘How to Choose the Form of an Infographic: It’s All about Context’

Demos | ‘Keeping an eye on the dashboard’

FiLWD | ‘Paper: How Deceptive Are Deceptive Visualizations?’ by Enrico Bertini

Eager Eyes | ‘Spelling Things Out’ discussing redundancy to make a point

Medium | ‘The Architecture of a Data Visualization: Multilayered Storytelling through “Info-spatial” Compositions’

Maney Online | ‘Value-by-alpha Maps: An Alternative Technique to the Cartogram’

New Scientist | ‘What colour is the dress? Here’s why we disagree’ (Forgive me, but the visual perception discussion is valuable)

FILWD | ‘What do we do this VIS thing for? Towards a data visualization ethos.’

Vox | ‘What is data journalism?

Bloomberg | ‘Why Measles May Just Be Getting Started’

Ri Liu | ‘The Network Effects of Following Fewer Women’

xkcd | ‘Stories of the Past and Future’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, learning opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Visual Loop | A process design post by Giovanni Magni about his visualisation project “2080 weeks of weather in Milan”

After the Flood | ‘London Squared Map: Making the city easier to read’

Post Graphics | ‘Behind the scenes: An illustrated history of the Super Bowl halftime show’

For Journalism | ‘For Journalism is an effort to equip every student, mid-career journalist, professor, graduate student with the knowledge they need to learn technical skills for doing journalism.’

ImportIO | ‘A data analysis of music samples’ process post by Emanuele Conti

YouTube | ‘Thought Leaders on Interactivity’

Josh Stevens | Excellent recently-discoverd blog, here’s a good example of Josh’s content: ‘Bivariate Choropleth Maps: A How-to Guide’

Visual Loop | A process design post by Alberto Lucas López about the infographic “The Height of Social Values”

USGS | ‘Map Projections – A Working Manual’

The Functional Art | ‘Redesigning a circular timeline’ – the redesign that kicked off a sea of responses, discussions and articles

FastCo Design | ‘What’s The Difference Between A Font And A Typeface?’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, brand new sites, new (to me) sites, new books and generally interesting developments.

JSDataVis | New book: ‘Data Visualization with JavaScript’ by Stephen A Thomas

Reddit | A sub-community on Reddit offering ‘A place for visual representations of data: Graphs, charts, maps, etc. DataIsBeautiful is for visualizations that effectively convey information’

Brookings | New book: ‘Diversity Explosion’, by Bill Frey

Simon Rogers | New book: ‘Space’ an infographics book for kids by Simon Rogers, designed by Jennifer Daniel


Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data/technology focus or just seem worthy of sharing

ISO 500px | ‘Lisa Bettany, John Wilhelm, and Rolland András Flinta On What Makes a Photograph Great’

BBC | ‘How long would it take you to earn a top footballer’s salary?’

Chrome Experiments | A collection of different technology experiments for the browser

Earth Primer | Discover how Earth works with this App: ‘A science book that is alive’

Twitter | ‘They have some serious visual math tools in my kids’ school. Love it.’

I am the fold | ‘An experiment to show how designing for The Fold can be treacherous’

Leeds Art Crawl | ‘Spotted some public art that made your day?’

FastCo Design | ‘Lost At The Museum? This Ingenious 3-D Map Makes Navigation A Cinch’

Maker Stories | ‘The Making of Monument Valley’

SMBC | ‘The top 6 reasons this infographic is just wrong enough to sound convincing’

New York Times | ‘The Death and Life of Great American GeoCities’

BuzzFeed | ‘This Is What Political Party Websites Looked Like In 1996’