Best of the visualisation web… January 2017

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 January 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Vallandingham | ‘A Data Driven Exploration of Kung Fu Films’

Info We Trust | ‘After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. ‘

DataSketches | I’ve never come across the Dragon Ball Z before but I love the elegance of the interactions, animations and transitions in this work showing ALL the fights

Kim Albrecht | ‘Trump Connections: Visualization of 1.500 individuals and organizations connected directly and indirectly to Donald Trump.’

Simon Scarr | A two-part collection of some of the highlights of work from the Reuters graphics team work during 2016

Data Make | ‘Film Money: a data story’

dwtkns | One of the best there is, here’s Derek Watkins’ portfolio of work

Oddity Viz | ‘Space Oddity – a visual deconstruction, AKA Oddityviz, is a data visualisation project on David Bowie’s Space Oddity by designer Valentina D’Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick’

ProPublica | ‘Documenting Hate’

Periscopic | ‘The emotional highs and lows of Donald Trump’

Periscopic | …and linked to that project, worthy of a separate mention as it is one of my favourites of the year ‘One Angry Bird: Emotional arcs of the past ten U.S. presidential inaugural addresses’

NY Times | ‘Odell Beckham’s Hands Are Great, But His Feet Are Lethal’

MyHEAT | ‘Energy made visible: Make changes at home today that will have a global impact tomorrow.’

Pudding | ‘The Shape of Slavery’

Guardian | ‘Here’s how ‘Obamacare’ covered Americans with pre-existing conditions. What happens next?’

Twitter | ‘This is how the Mercator Projection distorts the poles’

The Upshot | ‘How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree’

Inaugurate Speeches/ | ‘Beginning of a presidency: Inauguration speeches in search’

Morgenpost | (Translated from German) ‘It was not always the East – Where Germany chooses right’

C82 | ‘Literary Constellations: Constellations of first sentences from each chapter of short stories’

Flowing Data | ‘One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways: This is what happens when you let the data ramble.’

New York Times | ‘You Draw It: What Got Better or Worse During Obama’s Presidency’

MH Infographics | ‘Project: Land of Giants’

Periscopic | ‘PatentsView: Open Government in Action’

City Lab | ’30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped’

Mosaic | ‘Outpacing pandemics: How does the time taken to develop vaccines compare to the speed and frequency of outbreaks?’

Mauro Martino | ‘Is a scientific career predictable?’

Gizmodo | ‘Striking New Maps Show the Beauty of Earth’s Shadows’

Washington Post | ‘This is the most beautiful data visualization of all time, according to Reddit’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump’

Carmen Torrecillas | ‘Sierra Nevada Global-Change Observatory: Monitoring Programme’ (ignore the sense you might get from this title, this is beautiful piece of work)

New York Times | ‘What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?’

Washington Post | ‘How long Cabinet confirmations take — and why past nominees failed’

Guardian | ‘Want to fix gun violence in America? Go local.’


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

Data Driven Journalism | ‘A data visualization that doesn’t use data’ nice write-up of a recent Data Stories episode about indexicals

Medium | ‘Adventures in 3d’

Medium | ‘All charts and graphs are scatter plots at heart’

Juice Analytics | ‘Battery Meters and the Goldilocks Problem’

Medium | ‘Designing for the Human Side of Banking: Inside the Design Culture at Capital One’

Guardian | ‘How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next’

John Grimwade | ‘Infographics made easy: Management’s Dream.’

New York Times | ‘Journalism That Stands Apart’

Medium | ‘Quantifying and Visualizing “Deep Work”’

Motherboard | ‘The Data That Turned the World Upside Down’

FT | ‘The Dow Jones — a flawed measure but with a rich history: A visual biography of the all-American average as it breaks 20,000’

Google Trends | ‘The Year in Language 2016’

Data Revelations | ‘What to do when so many people get it wrong’ (The beginning of an interesting sequence of posts/discussions about Makeover Monday)

Learning & Development

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

Pew Research Center | ‘The art and science of the scatterplot’

Brighttalk | Recording of a webinar by Ben Jones: ‘Building a Thriving Data Visualization Community’ | Video of talk by Lisa Charlotte Rost: ‘A Data Point Walks Into a Bar: How cold data can make you feel things’

Data+Science | ‘How to Create Vector Graphics and High Resolution Images of your Tableau Visualizations ‘

Slides | Talk slides from Shirley Wu: ‘Data Sketches’

Loxodrome | A terrific compilation of different techniques for dealing with dense spatial data

Blocks | ‘Download SVG Button’

Google Docs | ‘Exploratory Data Analysis Case Studies’

GitHub | ‘A list of recommended research papers and other readings on data visualization’

SquareSpace | Paper: ‘Data Visualisation Does Political Things’ by Dr. Joanna Boehnert

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Lego-ified Maps’

Twitter | Lisa Rost’s summary of a long meandering twitter discussion re. “Why do we have less high-quality data vis projects these days?”

Tableau | ‘The State of Data Education in 2016: How U.S. higher education responds to the data skills gap’

Subject News

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

Flaunt My Design | Interesting curated list of examples of designers working in niche markets

422 South | Portfolio gallery of data visualisation work from the 422 South studio

Guardian | ‘BBC sets up team to debunk fake news’

Blueshift | ‘Design and publish dynamic maps in minutes – no coding required’

Calling Bullshit | New Site: ‘Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.’

Gapminder | ‘Gapminder Tools Offline: With Gapminder Tools Offline you can show animated statistics from your own laptop!’

GitHub | ‘Chart Tool is a platform for creating, storing and displaying beautiful, responsive embeddable charts.’

RAW Graphs | ‘RAW Graphs updates with version 1.2.0’

The Graph is Dead | New Site (to me): ‘The Graph is Dead’ has some fascinating work in the portfolio

The Pudding | New Site ‘A Weekly Journal of Visual Essays: A 2017 project to explain complex topics visually, from the Polygraph fam’


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

Boing Boing | ‘All of IT development summed up in one image’

FT Labs | ‘Animating 123 years of FT banners’

BBC | ‘Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists’

Build That Wall/ | ‘It might cost a bit, but we’ll work out the bill for you’

Instagram | ‘Here’s my crocheted #temperatureblanket2016…’

TechCrunch | ‘Uber debuts Movement, a new website offering access to its traffic data’