Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 2016.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Washington Post | ‘100 years of hurricanes hitting and missing Florida, visualized’

Tableau Public | ‘Back with another one of those block rocking streets’ by Jonni Walker

C82 | ‘Colors of the Rails: Every color of every line of every metro system’

The Economist | ‘Greying of the Nobel laureates’

@dsparks | ‘A century of presidential elections, in one GIF’

VizWiz | ‘Fix It Friday: Ten Alternatives Methods for Presenting Alcohol Consumption in OECD Countries’

Data Remixed | … and coincidentally Ben has a piece here including ’10 Ways of Visualizing 2013 UK Exports’

Polygraph | ‘How news media covers Trump and Clinton: Analyzing 12,147 images of the candidates.’

C82 | ‘Seeing music’

Washington Post | ‘Germany reunified 26 years ago, but some divisions are still strong’

Column Five Media | ’40 examples of beautiful annual report design’

Reddit | ‘My Shower Temperature per Angle of the Handle’

Washington Post | ‘Most of Trump’s charts skew the data. And not always in his favor.’

MH Infographics | ‘Nerd facts: Asian American population’

Future Ocean | ‘Next Generation: Interactive scientific poster’

Petr Devaikin | Petr’s porfolio page showing some nice work

Medium | ‘New images of complex microbiome environments visualized by Berkeley Metagenomics Lab and Stamen Design.’

Polygraph | ‘The Entire History of Kickstarter Projects, Broken Down by City’

Anthony Veyssiere | ‘The Story of Music: An interactive visualization of the music charts history by genres’

Washington Post | ‘The Top 100 players for the 2016-17 NBA season’

New York Times | ‘Trump Has Spent a Fraction of What Clinton Has on Ads’ (logged particularly because I reckon this is their first streamgraph since ‘Ebb and Flow’)

Urban Demographics | ‘Visualizing the space-time geography of flow data’

Barabasi Lab | ‘Career Paths: Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact’


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 | ‘7 Deadly Sins of (Academic) Data Visualisation’

Eager Eyes | ‘A Decade of EagerEyes’ (congratulations Robert!)

FT | ‘A love of maps should mean using fewer to illustrate data better’

Dice | ‘Edward Tufte on Data Visualizations and Art’

Wired | ‘Electoral Maps All Look a Little Different. Here’s Why’

Elijah Meeks | ‘Generating palettes the old-fashioned way’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘Is it OK to steal?’

Medium | ‘Knowledge is More Than a Point of Data’

John Grimwade | ‘Nigel Holmes on humor: A warmer approach to infographics’

Flowing Data | ‘Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality’

Journalism | ‘Washington Post series on border barriers aims to break the mould of digital storytelling’

Nieman Lab | ‘Why aren’t local newsrooms innovating digitally? Because the goat must be fed’

FT | ‘Why the FT creates so few clickable graphics’

Learning & Development

These links cover presentations, tutorials, academic papers, development opportunities, case-studies, how-tos etc.

Steve Haroz | Paper: ‘The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series’ by Steve Haroz, Robert Kosara, Steven Franconeri

Dropbox | Poster: ‘The power of maps to (mis)communicate: A case study of forecaster’s versus the public’s interpretation of hurricane track maps’ by Gina Eosco

GitHub | ‘This repository contains a selection of campaign speeches given by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.’

Medium | ‘HindSight: Encouraging Exploration and Engagement in Data Visualization’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘How I built a scraper to measure activity of MPs and got a scatter plot in the newspaper’

Hackernoon | ‘How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016’

Distill | ‘How to Use t-SNE Effectively’

GitHub | The FT’s ‘Visual Vocabulary’ poster

Fell in Love With Data | ‘InfoVis Course Diary: Update on Class Flipping’

Kosara | Paper: ‘An Empire Built On Sand: Reexamining What We Think We Know About Visualization’ by Robert Kosara

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper: ‘Vega-Lite: A Grammar of Interactive Graphics’ by Arvind Satyanarayan, Dominik Moritz, Kanit Wongsuphasawat, Jeffrey Heer’

Doing Data | ‘Variables in Tableau : Discrete and Continuous (Part I)’

aviz | ‘This site contains links to interactive demos, websites, evaluation data, and other complementary material about research presented at the IEEE VIS conference, Oct 2016, in Baltimore’

Google Docs | Talk: ‘Glitch as a Generative Design Process’ by Romain Vuillemot and Samuel Huron

Subject News

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

Evergreen Data | ‘Announcing Chart Chooser Cards’

Amazon | New book: ‘Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide’ by Josh Katz

Esri | ‘ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud Gives Photoshop and Illustrator Users Direct Access to Esri Content’

Guerilla Analytics | New Book: ‘Guerrilla Analytics: A Practical Approach to Working with Data’ by Enda Ridge

The Big Book of Dashboards | Announcing a new book: ‘The Big Book of Dashboards’ by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Cotgreave

Where the Animals Go | New book: ‘Where the Animals Go’, by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

Good Design Award | ‘Outline of the Good Design Award winners 2016’

5W Blog | New book: ‘LOOK INSIDE: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling’ by Samuel and Juan Velasco

TextTile | ‘An Interactive Visualization Tool for Seamless Exploratory Analysis of Structured Data and Unstructured Text’


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

Mashable | ‘Admit it: Microsoft is now a braver, more innovative company than Apple’

New York Times | ‘As Crime in the Subway Comes Down, Signs From an Earlier Era Do Too’

Wired | ‘Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive’ (Remember, this was in October…)

TechCrunch | ‘Google and Monotype unveil the Noto Project’s unified font for all languages’

Creative Bloq | ‘Google shares its toolkit for creating beautiful design’

Wired | ’16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities’

Twitter | ‘6,000 words of Trump insults in today’s NYT. Recommended user experience: read them all, left to right, on a copy you bought yourself’

Twitter | ‘Pretty cool ad design for a kitchen’

Twitter | ‘A page of text where I have removed the words so you can just enjoy the punctuation.’

Reddit | ‘What if the largest countries had the biggest population?’

John McIntyre | ‘Our vanishing heritage: Some terms — hardly an exhaustive list — retrieved from newspaper lingo before these endangered print artefacts vanish like the passenger pigeon and the copy editor.’