Best of the visualisation web… April 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 April 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Newsmood | ‘This tool allows you to visualise the hidden emotional context of news headlines’

Thomson Reuters | ‘The Rohingya Exodus: A desperate escape’

Washington Post | This is storytelling with data, ‘These lawmakers might want to consider crossing the aisle in the 115th Congress’

TWO-N | ‘Global Gender Gap Report’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How (un)popular is Donald Trump?’

Krisztina Szücs | ‘The Parallel Reality of Hungarian Government Media’

Adventures in Mapping | ‘Lights On & Lights Out’

Vimeo | ‘Multimodal Symphony: 24 hours of transit in New York City’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Case For Stephen Curry, MVP’ (particularly like the comet plots)

SoundViz | ‘Your favourite sound as beautiful art’

The Upshot | ‘You Draw It: Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?’

Thomson Reuters | ‘A show of force: Deconstructing all of Kim Jong Un’s major parades and highlight the messages they carry.’

Medium | ‘Organizing the World of Fonts with AI’

Resource Trade | ‘Exploring interdependencies in global resource trade’

National Geographic | ‘Seven things to know about climate change’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Star Wars, In One Chart’

Flowing Data | ‘Years You Have Left to Live, Probably’ | ‘Travel Visa Inequality’

The Pudding | ‘Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?’

The Economist | ‘What the world worries about’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests’

National Geographic | ‘What Will Become of Scotland’s Moors?’ (check out the beautiful map half way down)

Hindustan Times | ‘What’s it like to get trolled all day long?’

John Guerra | ‘Who to follow in openvisconf’ | ‘Wind Map’


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

YouTube | ‘John Maeda on the three types of design, the four quarters of life, and diversity’ (video)

Richard Brath | ’50 categoric colors, inspired by telephone wires’ some interesting thoughts about categorical patterns

Medium | ‘Automatically generate beautiful visualizations from your data: And other bad ideas’

Medium | ‘Banning exploration in my infovis class’

Medium | ‘Crafting Data-Driven Maps’ (at Uber)

Mikevizneros | ‘Dashboard Confessional: Thinking Out Loud’

Medium | A further contribution from Lynn to recent discussions in the – and about – the field: ‘Data Visualization “Versus” UI and Data Science’

Medium | …and here’s another from Jorge ‘Dispatches from the data visualization gutter’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Embracing Curiosity’

GV Library | ‘Everyone is a designer. Get over it.’

John Grimwade | ‘Fake data viz: Instant visualizations.’

Map Brief | ‘Few Interact With Our Interactive Maps–What Can We Do About It?’

TED | ‘How we can find ourselves in data’

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

Robin Kwong | ‘Lessons from the Exploratorium’

Medium | ‘Designers vs Developers — Accurat @ Visualized Milan’

Medium | A very personal reflection from Matt Daniels about a talk he gave at OpenVis

Wired | ‘Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts Uses Smart Design To Make Sense of Government Spending’

Medium | More insightful observations from Elijah Meeks ‘Strategic Innovation in Data Visualization Will Not Come From Tech’

Pro Publica | ‘When the Designer Shows Up In the Design’

Medium | ‘The superpower of interactive datavis? A micro-macro view!’

Learning & Development

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

Simple Maps | ‘A Guide to Making SVG maps with MapShaper’

New Scientist | ‘Creative people physically see and process the world differently’

Oregon State | Paper: ‘Design principles for origin-destination flow maps’ by Bernhard Jenny et al

Dueling Data | ‘NFL Combine & Triangle/Ternary Plot’ (including how-to)

GitHub | ‘Perceptions of Probability and Numbers’

IBM | ‘Art meets science: Data visualization guidelines’

Axis Maps | Excellent summary of the issues/solutions surrounding ‘Map Projections’

Tableau | ‘Mapping Real Time Flights – Beginner Tutorial’ | ‘Population Lines: How and Why I Created It’

Subject News

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

Material | Nice resource – ‘Color Tool: Create, share, and apply color palettes to your UI, as well as measure the accessibility level of any color combination.’

SITE | Love these highlighted gifs ‘How the N.B.A.’s Craftiest Players Draw Fouls’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Malofiej25: the awards’

AirBnB | ‘Painting with Code: Introducing our new open source library React’

NYTCo | ‘Stuart Thompson Named Graphics Director, Opinion’

TechNode | ‘This startup wants to shake up data visualization with VR’

Tech Crunch | ‘Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps’


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

AI Experiments | ‘AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast.’

Brilliant | ‘Math and science done right: Master concepts by solving fun, challenging problems.’

Vignelli | ‘The Vignelli Canon’

The Guardian | ‘Expected goals and Big Football Data: the statistics revolution that is here to stay’

The Guardian | ‘Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false’

Open Culture | ‘John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music’

New York Times | ‘How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons’

Mike Hall | Love this portfolio of largely map-based illustrations

Twitter | ‘City of Detroit produced a lookup tables for its absentee precincts in 2016. It’s in Excel. But wait for it…’

John Grimwade | ‘The art of arrangement’

RaspberryPi | ‘Processing: Making art with code’

FT | ‘Can a robot do your job?’

Twitter | ‘…this is how the #BetterCallSaul writers break an episode’

The Guardian | ‘Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site’