Best of the visualisation web… February 2018

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 February 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Medium | ‘A day in the life of Americans: a data comic’

New York Times | ‘What Congress Has Accomplished Since the Sandy Hook Massacre’

The Guardian | ‘The geography of black America – then and now’

Axios | ‘Two Americas: Republican districts have far fewer immigrants’

Cal Poly | ‘Visualizing Campus Safety with Blue Lights’

New York Times | ‘How Jamie Anderson Won Her Second Straight Olympic Gold in Slopestyle’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘What If Men And Women Skied Against Each Other In The Olympics?’

IDEA | ‘An ongoing series of nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions.’

ThePudding | ‘Ali Wong: Structure of Stand up Comedy’

NEXT | ‘The Biggest Data Breaches of 2017’

Info We Trust | ‘An interactive timeline of the most iconic infogrpahics’

University of Lyon | ‘Lifemap’

Medium | ‘Bruises — The Data We Don’t See’

Reuters | ‘Oil spilled at sea: Putting the Sanchi disaster into perspective’

Flowing Data | ‘Waiting For a Table: A simulation to estimate how long until you are seated at a restaurant’

New York Times | ‘Augmented Reality: Four of the Best Olympians, as You’ve Never Seen Them’

Climate Life Events | ‘Climate change and life events’

WSJ | ‘Gender Gap at the Olympics’

National Geographic | ‘Billions of birds migrate. Where do they go?’

Gramener | ‘A Data Portrait of President Donald T***p’


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

Boing Boing | ‘An incredibly important paper on whether data can ever be “anonymized” and how we should handle release of large data-sets’

Medium | ‘Thumbs Up Viz: Handcrafted’

ArcGIS Blog | ‘Grid Line Tomfoolery’

Medium | ‘What is a Senior Data Visualization Engineer?’

Medium | ‘Data Trust, by Design: Principles, patterns and best practices (Part 1)’

Storybench | ‘What can data visualization learn from feminism?’

Medium | ‘Design’s Lost Generation’

The Guardian | ‘What you need to know about gender pay gap reporting’

Medium | ‘A Code of Ethics for Data Science’

Datawrapper | Interview with Maarten Lambrechts, “The reward of interacting is understanding”

Technology Networks | ‘Data Visualization Innovations in Life Sciences and Drug Discovery’

Medium | ‘Too Big to Fail?’

Thomas Padilla | ‘Engaging Absence’

Learning & Development

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

Nicolas Kruchten | ‘Make Patterns Pop Out of Heatmaps with Seriation’

Datawrapper | ‘Datawrapper now checks your colors, so you don’t have to’

PolicyViz | ‘Episode No. 113: What’s Going On in This Graph?’

Datawrapper | ‘Five ways to read a scatterplot’

Dyslexia | ‘Good Fonts for Dyslexia – An Experimental Study’

Learn GIS | ‘Tutorials and guides for using GIS’

Github | I’ve probably posted this before but it is worthy of an updated reference… ‘On Missing Data Sets: “Missing data sets” are my term for the blank spots that exist in spaces that are otherwise data-saturated’

The Functional Art | Some really useful tutorials compiled by Alberto for the new data visualisation tool ‘Flourish’

Nordicom | Paper: ‘Data Visualization in Scandinavian Newsrooms Emerging Trends in Journalistic Visualization Practices’ by Martin Engebretsen, Helen Kennedy & Wibke Weber

Transport for London | ‘A Car Line Diagram (CLD) is the line of route which displays information regarding step-free access and, on occasion, works and closures information’

SAS | ‘Visualize the ages of US presidents 6’

Source | ‘Our Font Is Made of People: How we made Wee People, a silhouette font that’s free for you to use’

Mapbox | ‘Mapping global music preferences: How I built it’

Medium | ‘Color Advice for Data Visualization with D3.js: Using color in a post-category20 world’

Tableau | Webinar by Maureen Stone: ‘The Science of Color and Visual Design Principle’

University of Technology Eindhoven | Paper: ‘Unfolding the Earth: Myriahedral Projections’ by Jarke J. van Wijk (from 2008)

Subject News

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

Open Vis Conf | The announced schedule of speakers at this years conference (taking place soon, book now!)

Tabula | Updated version of this ever so useful tool


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

The Guardian | ‘Met Office still ‘best forecaster in galaxy’ despite BBC rejection’

MIT Technology Review | ‘Denied more lab space for her pioneering research, Nancy Hopkins whipped out her tape measure…’

Speech Graphics | ‘Speech Graphics provides revolutionary procedural facial animation’ – could this argued as being a form of data visualisation?

Twitter | ‘I got tired of just reading about this…’ (Making the world flat through orange peel)

Gear Patrol | ’15 of the Greatest Automotive Instrument Clusters of All Time’

Twitter | ‘Hey comics folks – trying to track down experiments with hexagonal page layouts – any good examples out there?’

Perceptual Art | ‘Perceptual Art’ creating illusions from different viewpoints

Data Viz today | A new weekly data viz podcast by Alli Torban