Best of the visualisation web… August 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 August 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Washington Post | ‘What #eclipse2017 looked like across the country’

Medium | ‘041/342: Amp up! From psychedelic rock to minimalism – data viz experience.’

Visual Capitalist | ‘Animation: Comparing China vs. India Population Pyramids’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s how far you’re likely to get from America’s largest cities’

FT | ‘Bailout costs will be a burden for years’

Beautiful English | ‘Beautiful is the most common word translated to English with Google’

Morgenpost | ‘All 2559 direct candidates – who they are, what they stand for’

New York Times | ‘Alaska’s permafrost, is no longer permanent. It is starting to thaw’

Guardian | ‘Brexit talks: where are the negotiations up to?’ (Not a viz but shows value of good info design)

Scientific American | ‘Coming Soon? A Solar Eclipse Near You’

Dillon Marsh | ‘These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine’

Hindustan Times | ‘Every country’s fastest man in one race’

TheUpshot | ‘Good, Evil, Ugly, Beautiful: Help Us Make a ‘Game of Thrones’ Chart’

Washington Post | Some exceptional thematic mapping on show about Hurricane Harvey, beginning with ‘Flooding persists as Harvey downgraded to tropical depression’

Axios | …and this ‘Harvey’s energy toll’

Axios | …as well as ‘Map: Every storm that has hit Texas since 1960’

New York Times | …and ‘Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana’

Earth Observatory | …and this, predicting the likely best view of the total eclipse across the US based on then-projected clear skies

New York Times | …and finally ‘Thousands Cried for Help as Houston Flooded’

Bl.ocks | ‘Northern hemisphere sea ice extent: 1978 to 2017’ by Tom Shanley

The Science Bookstore | ‘Great Maps Department: Nationalities of Manhattan, 1894.’

Kultur Design | Wonderfully creative portfolio from the Kultur team, Polly and Mike

2q17 | ‘What was Germany looking for? Which terms were most frequently used in connection with the top candidates of the seven most searched parties on Google?’

Reuters | ‘North Korea visualised: A selection of data-driven stories from Reuters.’

ThePudding | ‘She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.’

Flickr | ‘Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 – 2016.’

FT | ‘Record football transfer deals within the realms of the rational’ (mainly the fascinating chart in the middle of the piece)

Washington Post | ‘The astonishing human potential wasted on commutes’

Gramener | ‘The Elvis Presley Jukebox’

John Grimwade Blog | ‘Size comparison: Side-by-sde visualisations’

Kickstarter | ‘The Golden Record: gold data visualisations from Voyager’

Fallen | The Shadow Peace is a web series that combines data-visualization and cinematic storytelling to explore the driving factors of war and peace’


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

Cartonerd | ‘Too much rain for a rainbow’

Vallandingham | ‘How Long Does it Take to (Quick) Draw a Dog?’

Medium | ‘Looking at the German election through Google Trends — an interview with Moritz Stefaner’ (about the ‘2Q17’ project, above)

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘My Why and How of Blogging’

John Grimwade Blog | ‘On the road: A less than serious review of highways signs’

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

Learning & Development

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

Vallandingham | Talk: ‘Histograms to View Oodles of Doodles from Google’ (associated with article above)

Data Stories | Excellent episode 104 ‘Visualization Literacy in Elementary School with Basak Alper and Nathalie Riche’

AVIZ | ‘The Emerging Genre of Data Comics’

DataVizProject | ‘A website trying to present all relevant data visualizations, so you can find the right visualization and get inspired how to make them’

The Design Journal | Opinion piece: ‘Research in Graphic Design’ by Sue Walker

Journocode | ‘From the data to the story: A typical ddj workflow in R’

Source | ‘How We Made the Washington Post Eclipse-Scroller’

ESRI | ‘How-To: Missile Height Diagram’

Design Research Society | Paper: ‘Data Visualisation Does Political Things’, by Dr. Joanna Boehnert

Paint By Numbers | An oldie but I found it SO useful this month ‘A Rough Guide to Tableau Dashboard Actions’

R-Project | ‘The viridis color palettes’

Journal of Statistical Software | Paper: ‘Tidy Data’, by Hadley Wickham

Evergreen Data | ‘Visualizing Not Applicable or Missing Data’

New York Times | ‘What Music Do Americans Love the Most? 50 Detailed Fan Maps’

Subject News

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

Twitter | Sarah Slobin’s curated an ‘open, evolving list of the female talent working with, studying and making dataviz’

ClearGraph | ‘ClearGraph joins Tableau’

Medium | ‘Introducing Semiotic for Data Visualization’


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

Medium | ‘Look (what you made me do): I illustrated 10 of my professional sins’

The Guardian | ‘Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey’

Twitter | ‘Map showing the most popular drinks company in each country’

Animade | It is so long ago I can’t remember specifically why I bookmarked this animated chilli dog but it is an animated chilli dog so that might be enough

CJR | ‘Q&A: Artist behind infamous New Yorker cartoon on the craft, his inspiration’

Guardian | ‘Why are there so few women in tech? The truth behind the Google memo’

Priceonomics | ‘Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue’

NRK beta | ‘With a quiz to comment, readers test their article comprehension’