Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 2015.


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

FiveThirtyEight | Great analysis about the dominance about NFL kickers (originally published in January)

Reuters | Interactive tracking the Formula 1 season

VG | ‘Where did the Norwegians perish during WW2?’

New York Times | ‘Buying Power: Here are 120 million Monopoly pieces, roughly one for every household in the United States.’

Bloomberg | ‘Play The Trading Game: Buy Low Sell High’

Excellence Networks | ‘This web application visualizes how successful universities
or research-focused institutions collaborate.’

New York Times | ‘The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites’

Johnburnmurdoch | ‘Mean vs median explorer’

Xavi Gimenez | ‘ listeners reactions to the artists’s deaths’

Tennis Visuals | So many interesting visual things happening in this site looking at tennis player careers and match analysis

Richie Carmichael | ‘Welcome to Quake Map. An application to browse more than 10,000 earthquakes in both time and space.’

Feltron | The 2014 Annual Report

The New York Times | Nice connected scatterplot action in this ‘How the U.S. and OPEC Drive Oil Prices’

Histography | ‘Welcome to Histography where every dot is a historic event from Wikipedia’

Chicago Tribune | Nice to see a bump chart in the wild to rank major airports across different measures of performance

Flowing Data | ‘Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically’

NPR | ‘Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio

Micro Visualisation | ‘This website shows examples of a new type of data visuali­sations called micro visualisations.

New York Times | ‘New York City Marathon in Six Charts’

Vox | ‘100 years of tax brackets, in one chart’

Networkeffect | ‘Network Effect explores the psychological effect of Internet use on humanity.’

New York Times | ‘Visualizing the Size and Strength of Hurricane Patricia’

Discover Magazine | ‘Finding the Highways for Migrating Birds’

Guardian | ‘Homan Square: A portrait of Chicago’s detainees’

Info We Trust | ‘Data City: Data storytelling and the graphic novel are smashed together in one adventure through the numbers behind the city (Las Vegas, Nevada) built on numbers’

DQ-en | ‘The World’s Tightest Cluster of People’


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

Visual Complexity | Celebrating the fantastic achievement of Manual Lima’s site reaching 10 years and 1000 projects

Visually | ‘The Links That Bind Us: Network Visualizations’

QZ | ‘The best infographics of 2015, and why we can’t stop looking at them’

Eager Eyes | ‘When Details Hide the Story’

Mapzen | ‘Escape from Mercator’

CartoDB | (Not a lot of Mercator love, this month!) ‘Free Your Maps from Web Mercator!’

Medium | Matthew Daniels discusses ‘The Journalist-Engineer’

Perceptual Edge | ‘What Is the Best Response to Bad Practices?’ by Stephen Few

National Geographic | ‘The “Rules” of Data Visualization Get an Update’

Policy Viz | ‘More Statistical Fallacies’

Evergreen Data | ‘Professional Standards for Data Visualizers’

Data Remixed | ‘My 3 Basic Tenets of Data Visualization’

Policy Viz | Jon interviews the man himself… ‘Episode #21: Edward Tufte’

Grantland | ‘The Frustrating Promise of Analytics: Soccer Has a Left-Handed-Pitcher Problem’

Boston Review | ‘Against Empathy’

Arts&Metrics | Overview of the Visualized 2015 conference ‘A thousand and one ways to look at data’

Gapminder | ‘Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad?’

Learning & Development

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

Aviz | Paper, examples and demo of the ‘Time Curves’ approach to visualize patterns of evolution in temporal data

Suggested Interactivity | Examples and deconstruction of different techniques for and attributes of interactivity operations

Vizshine | ’10 Steps to Winning the Tableau Iron Viz Championship’

NOAA | Online resource to explore and download climate data

Vimeo | ‘VIS15 preview: Visualization-by-Sketching: An Artist’s Interface for Creating Multivariate Time-Varying Data Visualizations’

IEEE Xplore | ‘How do People Make Sense of Unfamiliar Visualizations?: A Grounded Model of Novice’s Information Visualization Sensemaking’

Source | ‘How we made “Homan Square: A portrait of Chicago’s detainees’

PiImageSearch | ‘Analyzing 91 years of Time magazine covers for visual trends’

Colah | ‘Visual Information Theory’

Eager Eyes | ‘Trifacta Wrangler for cleaning and reshaping data’

Knight News Challenge | (Great sounding proposal) ‘Visualization ABC: A Public Platform to Learn to Read Data Visualizations’

Storytelling with Data | ‘Being clever with color’

Medium | ‘What to do with “small” data?’

Subject News

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

Tableau | Tableau announce the launch of ‘Vizable’ a “free app that turns your data into beautiful, interactive graphs”

Office | Introducing ‘The all new Office 2016’, here’s Excel

YouTube | Can Google Sheets offer something different, better?

Amazon | New book: ‘Visualizing Financial Data’, by Julie Rodriguez and Piotr Kaczmarek

Storytelling with Data | Announcing Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic’s new book of the same name!


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

One Perfect Shot | ‘Storyboard to screen comparisons of John Carpenter’s classic film, The Thing’

Blue Shirt | ‘The Complete Works
of William Shakespeare’

Apparatus | ‘Apparatus is a hybrid graphics editor and programming environment for creating interactive diagrams.’

Twitter | ‘Use of the phrase ‘exponential growth’ by decade’

Twitter | ‘Just how popey was the pope today?’

Wikipedia | Benjamin West’s incomplete painting of the delegations at the Treaty of Paris