Best of the visualisation web… July 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 July 2016.


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

LA Times | ‘Pitch by pitch: How Clayton Kershaw dominates hitters’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Gun Deaths in America’

Instagram | Mona Chalabi’s handdrawn data sketches (via EagerEyes)

Washington Post | ‘How Fox News fans keep Donald Trump afloat’ (includes a Marimekko chart, rarely spotted in the wild)

Project Linework | ‘A library of handcrafted vector linework for cartography, each designed in a unique aesthetic style.’

Ventusky | Another beautiful real-time portrayal of meteorological patterns across the globe (not super thrilled about the colours but I’ll get over it)

UC Lab | ‘City Flows – Comparative visualisation of urban bike mobility’

New York Times | ‘Who Will Be President?’ – the updated, live reporting on how likely the end of civilisation is

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Hip-Hop Is Turning On Donald Trump’

Thematic Mapping | ‘A range of exemplar maps to demonstrate the use of different thematic mapping approaches.’

The Intercept | ‘How the U.S. Trains the World’s Security Forces’

Facebook | Marking the two billionth Uber ride

PewResearchCenter | ‘Republican voters’ path to backing Donald Trump’

Washington Post | ‘A visual history of Donald Trump dominating the news cycle’

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Five Years of Drought’

MFViz | ‘This is an attempt to visually explain the core concepts of the Central Limit Theorem’

New York Times | ‘Hillary Clinton Broke One Glass Ceiling. When Were Others Broken?’

Bloomberg | ‘London Property Sales Fall Back to 2009 Levels’

The Guardian | ‘The new Republican center of gravity’

New York Times | ‘‘Stronger Together’ and ‘I Am Your Voice’ — How the Nominees’ Convention Speeches Compare’

FlowingData | ‘Most Common Family Types in America’

Ordnance Survey | ‘Britain’s most popular routes’

Washington Post | ‘Inside the echo chamber: The common rhetoric of the 2016 Republican National Convention’

Le Grand Orchestra Des Animaux | ‘The Great Animal Orchestra’ is exactly what you want something with that name to be

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

Shirley Wu | ‘Film flowers: Top summer blockbusters reimagined as flowers’


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

Math With Bad Drawings | ‘Why Not to Trust Statistics’

The Functional Art | ‘Talking about visualization with John Burn-Murdoch’

VizCandy | ‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’

Data Assist | ‘How not to visualize like a racist (Data viz designing across cultures)’

Eager Eyes | ‘The Bits Are Rotting in the State of Data Journalism’

Steven G Braun | ‘We are not null’

Storybench | ‘How the Guardian used pixel art mini Trumps, Bernies and other candidates to display election results’

Stats, Maps n Pix | ‘From CartoDB to CARTO – the future of interactive mapping?’

The Verge | ‘Why are Republicans red and Democrats blue?’

ProPublica | ‘5 Things I Learned Making a Chart Out of Body Parts’

DataRemixed | ‘Building a thriving data visualization community’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘Speed or substance?’

FT | ‘Communicating with data — How the FT explained Brexit’

Pappubahry | ‘The rectangularness of countries’

Data Assist | ‘Most People Have More Than The Average Number Of Feet’

ProPublica | ‘Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World’

Ensia | (Linked to the last article) ‘From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design’

FastCo Design | ‘How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert’

Learning & Development

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

The Functional Art | Alberto’s video tutorials & resources, linked to the design of several of the graphs and maps showcased in The Truthful Art

After The Flood | Describing some of the behind-the-scenes thinking for the ‘Citizen Ex’ project

FiveThirtyEight | (Linked to the piece listed above) ‘How We Charted Trump’s Fall From Grace In Hip-Hop’

District Data Labs | ‘Time Maps: Visualizing Discrete Events Across Many Timescales’

The Guardian | ‘Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic’

Interworks | A collection of useful web data connectors for Tableau

Misc Magazine | ‘Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio’

Tableau | ‘How We Designed the New Color Palettes in Tableau 10’

Subject News

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

DataRemixed | ‘A First Look at Google Data Studio’

Mearso | Detailed reviews of UK university logos

Carto | ‘Introducing Carto Builder: A new way to analyze and visualize location data’

Medium | ‘Sightline is an automatic data visualization collection and discovery service that leverages the rich visualization ecosystem of the internet and puts it in one place’

Amazon | New Book: ‘New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything’
by New Scientist, Graham Lawton, and illustrated 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

Brian B’s Climate Blog | Love this attempt to travel around North America pursuing a constant temperature – ’70°F Road Trip’

Morgenpost | ‘Huh! for Iceland’

QZ | ‘The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule’

The Guardian | ‘How technology disrupted the truth’

Quesabesde | ‘Ornitografías’ (Site in Spanish but contains some lovely abstract images formed by bird flight patterns)

NY Mag | ‘The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media’