Best of the visualisation web… May 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 May 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Vizualism | ’10 years after the credit crisis, stock market still red’ – Lovely horizon chart action from frédérik

Moonglow | ‘The 2002 Australian Total Solar Eclipse’ – really nice mosaic map

Data Sketches | ‘A Breathing Earth: 50.000 circles moving through a year of data on planetary vegetation health’

Washington Post | ‘A month of breaking news alerts, visualized’

Atlas for the End of the World | ‘The Atlas for the End of the World audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth’

Dylan Moriarty | ‘Foggy spaces’

Pudding | ‘Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?’

New York Times | ‘As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open’

WSJ | ‘Beat the Federal Reserve: See how changes in prices of goods and services influence inflation’

Washington Post | ‘Appalachia comes up small in era of giant coal mines’

Centre for Spatial Research | ‘Conflict Urbanism: Colombia maps and visualizes these crimes in hopes of better understanding the patterns and ramifications of the Colombian conflict’

Seattle Collisions | Nice project in itself but also a nice back story of seizing the chance to visualise important data that was not previously being done so

New York Times | ‘Did the Turkish President’s Security Detail Attack Protesters in Washington?’ – love the annotated video work

Morgenpost | ’25 years ago, two of Germany became one. How united are we today? We have visited 25 places where German unity has a very special significance’ [Translated]

DataPhys | ‘EuroGums: Edible Population Pyramids’

Twitter | ‘Previous occupations held by MPs (since the 1950s).’

Font Map | ‘Using artificial intelligence to surface new relationships across (750) fonts’

FT | ‘French election results: Macron’s victory in charts’

New York Times | ‘How Abnormal Was Comey’s Firing? Experts Weigh In’

Twitter | The final animated gif by John Burn-Murdoch of the Premier League league table projections across the season

New York Times | ‘LeBron James Scores 5,995th Playoff Point, Taking the Record From Michael Jordan’

C82 | ‘Making of Color Palettes of The New Yorker’

Bloomberg | ‘How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything’

New York Times | ‘Antarctic Dispatches’

The Economist | Nice comet chart looking at the relative young age of Macron as French president

Axios | ‘The Emoji States of America’

io9 | ‘This Animated Field Guide To North American Butterflies Is Mesmerizing’


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

Eager Eyes | ‘Averages Are Metadata’

The Economist | ‘Data is giving rise to a new economy’

Spotify | ‘Iconic Playlists: What Emoji Say About Music’

Cambridge Intelligence | ‘Making sense of Cyber threats with graph technologies’

Our Origins | Nice interview with Lena Groeger ‘Developer, designer, and journalist at ProPublica’

Sense of Info Design | ‘The Value of Information Design Expertise’

John Grimwade | ‘Sketching Infographics’

Places Journal | ‘Two artists explore spy satellite calibration markers in the desert — and trace the satellites in the sky today.’

Prototypr | ‘Static visualizations do not exist’

Storytelling With Data | Nice piece from Cole about the role of and making-of the bullet chart

The Functional Art | ‘The importance of writing making-of articles in visualizatio’

DataBlick | ‘To Animate or Not To Animate’

Storybench | ‘What we learned from three years of interviews with data journalists, web developers and interactive editors at leading digital newsrooms’

Learning & Development

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

Journal of Vision | Paper: ‘Four types of ensemble coding in data visualizations’ by Danielle Albers Szafir, Steve Haroz, Michael Gleicher, & Steven Franconeri

ArcGIS Blog | ‘World Happiness Report’ – nice design process narrative from John Nelson

Jagoda Walny | ‘Thinking with sketches for information visualization’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Making-of: The Eurosearch Song Contest’

OpenVis Conf | What a wonderful way to present access to the conference talk videos and transcripts

Projection Wizard | I’ve probably shared before but worth including again, does what it says on the tin

Sage Journals | Paper: ‘Visual Geolocations. Repurposing online data to design alternative views’ by Gabriele Colombo, Paolo Ciuccarelli, & Michele Mauri

Autodesk Research | ‘Same Stats, Different Graphs: Generating Datasets with Varied Appearance and Identical Statistics through Simulated Annealing’

Medium | ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to d3.js’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘Why You Don’t Believe In Facts, And How To Fix It’

Subject News

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

The Data Duo | ‘This project is about data, improving our skills, and getting to know each other. We will do this by tracking different themed data about ourselves, but the twist is we will visualize each other’s data.’

Information is Beautiful Awards | Announcing the ‘2017 Awards Categories’

Venture Beat | ‘Google launches Data GIF Maker to help storytellers convey information through animations’

YouTube | ‘The Data School – What it’s all about’

PR Newswire | ‘Stamen Design Wins Prestigious Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s 2017 National Design Award For Interaction Design’


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

Ritsumeikan University | A collection of brain-aching colour illusions

Toptal | ‘Sorting Algorithms Animations’

Design Taxi | ‘How Your Favorite Movie Studio Logos Were Brought To Life’

Storm Highway | ‘Dodge City, Kansas tornado life cycle panoramas’

GitHub | ‘This R package is mainly a repository for complete soccer datasets, along with some built-in functions for analyzing parts of the data’

Learning Music | ‘In these lessons, you’ll learn the basics of music making. No prior experience or equipment is required; you’ll do everything right here in your browser.’

Noisey | ‘How and Why Has “Mr Brightside” Never Left the UK Charts?’

The Mind Circle | ‘How Sensitive Is Your OCD Radar?’

YouTube | ‘Mike Monteiro – How to Fight Fascism’

Quick, Draw | ‘What do 50 million drawings look like?’