Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 2017.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Story curves | ‘Visualizing Nonlinear Narratives with Story Curves’

National Geographic | ‘Where to find the good life’

BBC | ‘The ultimate faces of global power’

QZ | ‘How do you draw a circle? We analyzed 100,000 drawings to show how culture shapes our instincts’

Washington Post | ‘Can we talk about the gender pay gap?’

Washington Post | ‘The Colin Kaepernick tracker: Is he better than your team’s quarterback?’

Google Trends | ‘How Diverse Are US Newsrooms?’

Storytelling With Data | ‘how you would visualize hurricanes’

Business Insider | ‘The economic and racial inequality problem in Baltimore exists in many US cities’ (From few years ago but another interesting deployment of multivariate map colouring)

New York Times | ‘Nothing Divides Voters Like Owning a Gun’

Tuteja | ‘Inequalities quipu’

Reuters | ‘Innovation bloom’

Density Design | ‘It’s not so ISIS’

Twitter | ‘Building age in Valencia, Spain.’

Twitter | ‘Buildings visualized based on their age show how #Madrid has grown in the last 200 years.’

Clome | ‘Machine Visions: Exploring Visual Motifs in Wes Anderson Films’

Tableau | ‘Formula E drivers seasons 2014-2016’

Reuters | Updated long-running ‘Nobel Laureates’ interactive

ABC | ‘Where can North Korea’s missiles reach?’

New York Times | ‘Northern California Fires Have Destroyed at Least 5,700 Buildings’

ThePudding | ‘Seeing Earth from Outer Space’

Significance | ‘The Great Migration: A Graphics Novel’

Imgur | ‘Sorting Algorithms Revisualized’

New York Times | ‘Trump’s Scandals, a List’

Bloomberg | ‘How China’s Top Leaders Came Into Power’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘The Worst Tweeter In Politics Isn’t Trump’

Archive | ‘Those who did not cross 2005-2015’

Truth & Beauty | ‘Peak Spotting: Data on rails’

Washington Post | ‘Where Republican senators stand on President Trump’

Axios | ‘Who Trump attacks the most on Twitter’

Tableau | ‘Constructor Success in Formula E Racing, First 3 Seasons’

BBC | ‘You draw the chart: How has life changed in 60 years?’


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

twosix labs | ‘6 Ways to Visualize Graphs’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Lessons learned from data sketches: A presentation highlighting what we’ve learned’

Nothing In The Rule Book | ‘Creatives in Profile – Interview with Nicholas Rougeux’

Medium | ‘Data ITEMS: Exploring the Power and Depth of Soft Data for the Museum of Modern Art’

Source | ‘How (and Why) the Financial Times made The Uber Game’

Medium | ‘More Padding, Please! The power of white space in product design’

Programming Design Systems | ‘Perceptually uniform color spaces’

The Functional Art | ‘Uncertainty, graphicacy, and the power of statistics’

Medium | ‘Taking Word Clouds Apart: Alternative Designs for Word Clouds and Some Research-Based Guidelines’

Medium | ‘The 7 Kinds of Data Visualization People’

LinkedIn | ‘This Is How Data Kills Creativity’

Vis.Design | ‘An animated guide to frequency trails (AKA Joyplots)’

Giorgia Lupi | ‘Capturing the blend: A data driven brand identity for Hennessy V.S.O.P., with John Maeda and Kaki King.’

Beyond Words | ‘Cascade: A visualization used at the NTD Summit 2017 in Geneva, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.’

The nib | ‘Changing the Math on Gerrymandering: What would a proper Congressional district look like?’

QZ | ‘Data analytics have made the NBA unrecognizable’

Learning & Development

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

Excel Charts | ’12 ideas to become a competent data visualization thinker’

Cornell University Library | Paper: ‘Evaluating Cartogram Effectiveness’, by Sabrina Nusrat, Md. Jawaherul Alam, Stephen Kobourov

John Grimwade | ‘Notes from a Fernando Baptista ‘Sculpture and Infographics Workshop’ in Ohio’

The Information Lab | ‘Hackathon Diaries: Prospecting for Charity Donors’

Eager Eyes | The first of a typically excellent series of posts reviewing and headlining IEEE VIS 2017

Open Access VIS | Great resource ‘A collection of open access visualization research at the VIS 2017 conference.’

bl.ocks | Learn about the distortions of mapping projections via the distortions of a fella’s head

Medium | ‘Some notes on my collaboration with The Washington Post on the gender pay gap’

Scientific American | ‘The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Pregnancy in Progress’

Vis.Academy | ‘Tutorials and classes prepared by the Uber visualization team’

Visual Cinnamon | ‘Creating the Scientific American “Baby Spike” visual: On circles, average and concentric circles’

Subject News

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

YouTube | ‘#ProjectLincoln: Adobe MAX 2017 (Sneak Peeks)’

SocViz | New Book: ‘Data Visualization for Social Science: A practical introduction with R and ggplot2’ by Kieran Healy

EdWordle | ‘EdWordle is a tool for editing “word clouds” based on the Wordle.’

GitHub | ‘hexmapr: Turn geospatial polygons like states, counties or local authorities into regular or hexagonal grids automatically.’

Medium | ‘Introducing Vega-Lite 2.0’

Information is Beautiful Awards | Longlist of pieces submitted in to the 2017 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards


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

Vox | ‘Watch Ryan Gosling rage over Avatar’s Papyrus font in SNL’s best sketch in ages’

Librarian Hats | ‘Data Viz Sing-Along!’

Medium | ‘Fantasy to Fact: Technology as a lens’

New Yorker | ‘Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?’ (Interesting anecdote about aluminium)

Under Consideration | ‘Thinking Too Far Outside of the Box’

Vice | ‘How ‘Blade Runner 2049′ Uses Technology to Highlight Class Inequality’

J R Schmidt | ‘Lego New York’ (and an amazing portfolio)

Signs | ’10 iconic logos. 156 Americans. 80 hours of drawing from memory.’

Twitter | ‘Here the steps we took and tools we used for our investigation mapping how the Las Vegas shooting unfolded’

FT | ‘PowerPoint: here’s how to keep your audience awake’