Best of the visualisation web… September 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 September 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Guardian | ‘Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else’s’

C82 | ‘Between Stations: Exploring the art of subway tracks’

Guardian | ‘A century of National Geographic infographics – in pictures’

Economist | ‘Many writers try to span America’s political divide’

Susie Lu | ‘Strong openers and late bloomers: Box office trends 2015 to August 2017’

FT | ‘A London Uber driver’s day on the road mapped out’

National Geographic | ‘[We] take a look at Cassini’s voyage and its greatest achievements’

Dear How To | One of my favourite project this year. ‘Each week for one year, each of us draws instructions on a blank postcard and sends it in turn to one or the other. The only rule is NO TEXT!’

Die Zeit | [Translated] ‘City, country, prejudice’

FT | ‘Germany’s election results in charts and maps’

SCMP | ‘Getting to grips with North Korea in 15 graphics’

Global Goals | ‘The Goalkeepers data report: The stories behind the data’

Twitter | ‘3 active hurricanes to map….I don’t know which way is up’ (clever map orientation)

The Pudding | ‘How far is too far? An analysis of driving times to abortion clinics in the US.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms’

Bloomberg | ‘Kushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash’

Nesta | ‘Jobs in 2030: What skills will you need?’

Flowing Data | ‘Most Female and Male Occupations Since 1950’

Storybench | ‘Seven visualizations that tell the devastating story of the 2017 hurricane season’

New York Times | ‘The Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Only One Recent Storm Comes Close’

Guardian | ‘How death has changed over 100 years in Britain’

New York Times | ‘The world is projected to emit this much CO2 by 2100, exceeding our carbon budget three times over.’

Audubon | ‘Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way’

DataPhys | ‘[Exploring] more human and emotional ways of communicating data’

Axios | ‘The insane news cycle of Trump’s presidency in 1 chart’

Elephant Trust | ‘The evolution of the Amboseli elephants population since 1972’

Ken Flerlage | ‘The State of Data Visualization’

Stories Behind a Line | ‘The Stories Behind a Line is a visual narrative of six asylum seekers’ routes.’

Tulp Interactive | ‘TravelTime is a data visualization based on open data from the Dutch National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information’

New York Times | ‘Watching Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia From 22,000 Miles Above Earth’


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

Medium | ‘655 Frustrations Doing Data Visualization’

Gabriela Plucinska | ‘Graphical abstracts’

Cartonerd | ‘Pointilist cartography’

Medium | ‘I like data-driven storytelling (I like loaded words)’

TED | ‘In this delightful, hilarious talk, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares handy tips to help question, interpret and truly understand what the numbers are saying’

Questions In Dataviz | ‘So, what’s the point?’

Medium | ‘Some notes on a collaboration with a Google News Lab: ‘How to fix a toilet and other things’’

Functional Art | ‘Low-tech visualization: How much space newspaper front pages used to cover hurricanes’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Media Has A Probability Problem’

Medium | ‘The next wave of data journalism?’

Google | ‘The state of data journalism in 2017’

Medium | ‘Thoughts on higher-level visualization libraries & the visualization industry’

Arnold Platon | ‘Who gets the UK’s 73 MEPS?’

Eager Eyes | ‘Vis Potpourri, September 2017’

Learning & Development

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

Medium | ‘Döner charts, eye roll gifs and word clouds — some things we learned visualizing Google Trends data around the German elections’

FT | ‘How to apply Marimekko to data’

Road To Larissa | ‘Hurricane How-To’

Quartz | ‘If you want to upgrade your data analysis skills, which programming language should you learn?’

Annual Reviews | Paper: ‘Risk and Uncertainty Communication: Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application’ by David Spiegelhalter

Eager Eyes | ‘Communicating Uncertainty When Lives Are on the Line’

Susie Lu | Design process notes to accompany the project listed above

MFViz | Amazing collection of open-source learning resources “to improve access to and understanding of programming languages”

The Functional Art | ‘In visualization, captions are as important as graphics themselves’

Medium | ‘Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking’

Truth and Beauty | Really nice project write-up from Moritz

New York Times | ‘Announcing a New Monthly Feature: What’s Going On in This Graph?’

Eager Eyes | …linked to the above is this from Robert, ‘Visualization as a Field Is Still Invisible’

Subject News

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

Mapbox | ‘A new kind of map: it’s about time’

After The Flood | ‘AtF Spark is a font that allows for the combination of text and visual data to show an idea and evidence in one headline’

Data Woj | ‘How can data visualisation help identify and communicate complex patterns?’

Guardian | ‘Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol’

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

University of Nottingham | ‘3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image’

Nasa | ‘[This shows] the current state of the Deep Space network as established from available data updated every 5 seconds’

Flowing Data | ‘Everyday thresholds visualized in dramatic fashion’

Julian Oliver | ‘Wind energy used to mine cryptocurrency to fund climate research’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How To Win A Nuclear Standoff’

Topic | ‘One Sky, by Women Who Draw – A collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.’

New Statesman | ‘Two museums are having a fight on Twitter and it’s gloriously informative’