Best of the visualisation web… April 2016

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 2016.


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

McKinsey | ‘Breaking down the gender challenge’

Mini Maxir | ‘Blockbuster Movies with Male Leads Earn More Than Those with Female Leads’

Ootro Estudio | ‘Ludi Arbor is a data visualization project consists of a series of graphic representations reconstruct the tree game eight of the best players in Chess history’ (Translated)

Data USA | ‘The most comprehensive visualization of US public data’

NPR | ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt — It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride To The Conventions’ – some interesting experiments using nested cartogram/grid maps

ABC | ‘Budget 2016 sliced and diced: Where every dollar comes from, and how it’s spent’

Health Intelligence | ‘Four Decades of Prevalence in Body-Mass Index Categories’

Guardian | ‘Game of Thrones: the most Googled characters – episode by episode’

c82 | ‘Global Subway Spectrum: An exploration of colors used for lines in every rapid transit system’

WSJ | ‘How Trump Still Can Clinch the Nomination’ – nice explainer/scroller

Washington Post | ‘Legendary? Lousy? How the [choose team] have fared in the NFL draftOne of’, remarkably deep, customisable piece of analysis

National Geographic | ‘Hot Dogs: America’s Most Popular Breeds’

LA Times | ‘How Kobe’s game worked (and how it didn’t)’

Washington Post | ‘It’s a Point Guard’s game’ – super integration of visuals, text, illustrations, images, video and audio. The whole buffet.

The Upshot | ‘Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares’

National Park Service | ‘Mapping Sound on a National Scale’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Prince’s Purple Reign, In One Chart’

Radical Cartography | ‘American Slavery’

ICJJ | ‘Panama Papers: The Power Players’

BuzzFeed | ‘Spies in the Skies’

Guardian | ‘The dark side of Guardian comments’

Ship Map | ‘Movements of the global merchant fleet over the course of 2012’

Vox | ‘This cartoon lets you try to balance Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s tax plans. Good luck.’

Le Monde Diplomatique | Fascinating maps and fascinating use of a non-typical projection ‘Total arms exports 2011-5’

Imgur | ‘United States of Wood’

Guardian | ‘Where is the riskiest place to live?’

Gramener | ‘The Sonnets of Shakespeare’

Untangling Tennis | ‘A visual and data analytic exploration of success in tennis: Uncovering the relationship between performance and popularity.’

Cosmic Web | ‘Our research used data from 24,000 galaxies to construct multiple models of the cosmic web, offering complex blueprints for how galaxies fit together.’


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

PolicyViz | ‘Episode #38: Steven Drucker, principal researcher at Microsoft Research.’

ProPublica | ‘How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots’

LA Times | ‘How we mapped Kobe’s 30,699 shots’

Vallandingham | Super interesting talk slides by Jim, ‘Interactive Small Multiples’

Scientific American | ‘How to Read the Latest Zika Vector Genome Chart: Efforts to learn more about the mosquito that transmits Zika have resulted in a new visualization…’

The Functional Art | ‘Visualization against statistical bullshit’

Storybench | ‘Newsrooms need project managers’

Washington Post | ‘The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you’

Computer World | ‘The inevitability of data visualization criticism’

Threestory | ‘Visualizing Science: Visual thinking has power to inform the scientific process.’

Justin Obeirne | ‘What happened to Google maps?’

Storybench | ‘To scrape or not to scrape the technical and ethical challenges of collecting data off the web’

BBC | ‘Your face is Big Data’

Learning & Development

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

Medium | ’39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes’

Github | Love this ‘d3 exploding boxplot’

Katherine Ognyanova | Brilliant guide for creating network visualisations with Gephi

Quartz | ‘It’s OK not to start your y-axis at zero’

c82 | ‘Making of the Colors of World Flags poster’

13pt | Jonathan Corum’s annotated slides from his talk at ‘See, Think, Design, Produce 3’

Medium | ‘The Storyteller’s Guide to the Virtual Reality Audience’

Medium | ‘What I use for data-driven journalism’

Subject News

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

No Starch Press | New book: ‘The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics’, by Tilman M. Davies

Google Groups | A bizarre complaint about D3.js technical document turns into a ‘grab the popcorn’ discussion

Open Culture | ‘Google Makes Its $149 Photo Editing Software Now Completely Free to Download’

PhotoViz | New site, providing ongoing updates and new projects associated with the subject of the related book by Nicholas Felton

Neoformix | Celebrating 10 years since (the excellent) Jeff Clark’s first post on Neoformix


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 | ‘The beginning of the end: First and final frames in television’

BBC | ‘Activity icons ‘could help healthy living’’

HCI Pioneers | ‘The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Pioneers Project draws attention to the trail-blazers by describing their backgrounds and contributions.’

GC Map | The ‘Great Circle Mapper’

Sploid | ‘100 Years of Film History Retold with the Best Shot in Each Year’

Tableau | ‘Tableau Sushi’, a whole new way of deploying Tableau…

Guardian | ‘Wait… is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making’