Best of the visualisation web… June 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 June 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

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

Washington Post | ‘More than
215,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine’

Axios | ‘By the numbers: How Trump properties profited from his presidency’

Flowing Data | ‘What Makes People the Most Happy: It’s in the details of 100,000 moments’

Data Blick | ‘Small Multiple Flows in Tableau’

National Geographic | ‘How Technology and Smarts Help Athletes Push the Limits’

Science Museum | ‘3D Chart – Electricity generated or demanded 1951-1954’

John Grimwade | ‘Two different ways of looking at our planet’

Gramener | ‘Challenges women face’ based on findings from the World Bank Report

Washington Post | ‘Every U.S. city’s World Cup backup team’

Vislab | ‘An interactive visualization [about the 2018 FIFA world cup] to learn more about the upcoming matches and how the teams performed over the last few month’

Moovellab | ‘Flights to Rome is our follow up to one of the biggest unsolved quests of mobility: Do all roads lead to Rome?

NZZ | ‘Who do the national team play like? All 32 World Cup participants in direct comparison’ [Translated from German]

The Guardian | ‘How China’s economic slowdown could weigh on the rest of the world’

New York Times | ‘Migrants Are on the Rise Around
the World, and Myths About Them Are Shaping Attitudes’

The Guardian | ‘Adidas and Nike go head to head at the World Cup. Who will win?’

National Geographic | ‘The Top 25 Teams in World Cup History’

Joshua Stevens | Superb portfolio of work

The Pudding | ‘How inclusive are beauty brands around the world?’

Axios | ‘Kennedy’s shift to the left of the Supreme Court’

New York Times | ‘LeBron James Is Carrying the Cavaliers in a Historic Way’

Moprhocode | ‘A day in the life of the north front ledge at Seagram’s’ (give this your time)

Washington Post | ‘How foreign-born players
put the ‘world’ in World Cup’

BBC | ‘Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities’

Under The Sun | A live satellite map view of where the sun is at zenith, right now

Andrew Pekler | ‘Phantom Islands – A Sonic Atlas’ (rather than try describe it further, just go explore)

Twitter | A really interesting way to portray football results

SCMP Arcade | ‘The Backpage is a section dedicated to visual journalism in the South China Morning Post, here we collect most of our infographics made for print as they appeared in the newspaper since 2011 up to today’

National Geographic | ‘From Blood-Soaked Sand to Retractable Roofs: A History of Stadiums’

The Pudding | ‘Music Border: We mapped last month’s #1 songs in 3,000 places. See where songs dominate across the globe.’

FT | ‘The millennial moment — in charts’

New York Times | ‘The Outstanding Goals of Ronaldo and Kroos as You’ve Never Seen Them’

Netwonder | ‘WonderNet – (Virtual) Physicality of Networks’

Tableau | ‘A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’

The Guardian | ‘World Cup kits through the ages’

Studio Terp | ’20 year history of national team appearances in the FIFA World Cup’


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 | ‘The Trouble with D3’

giCentre | ‘Sketchy Uncertainty’

Adventures In Mapping | John Nelson discusses his honour working on creating illustrations for Ken Field’s new book, Cartography.

Chad Skelton | Chad presents a long informed piece about opinions relating to line chart quantitative axes starting at zero or otherwise.

Eager Eyes | Robert’s typically great round-ups from EuroVis 2018, this part is covering Monday and Tuesday…

Eager Eyes | … and this covers Wednesday to Friday.

Open Access Eurovis | Here’s a public collection of papers from Eurovis

Questions in Dataviz | ‘How important is feedback?’

Brain Pickings | ‘How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently’

Medium | ‘Lessons for showcasing data journalism on social media’

GatesNotes | ‘Memorizing these three statistics will help you understand the world’

New Now | ‘Duncan Swain, Co-founder of Beyond Words, shares his journey from journalism to data visualisation’

BuzzFeed News | ‘They Played Dominoes Outside Their Apartment For Decades. Then The White People Moved In And Police Started Showing Up’

Medium | ‘This is what the best of data journalism looks like’

Todd W Schneider | ‘Using Countdown Clock Data to Understand the New York City Subway’

Voila | ‘Eyeo 2018: Conferencing in the age of the Internet’

ida lab | ‘What do we mean by “data”?’

Medium | ‘What interactives can do (that articles can’t)’

Esri | ‘When a single map isn’t enough…’

Data Duende | ‘Why Data Poetry? ‘

Learning & Development

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

Guy Abel | ‘Animating Changes in Football Kits using R’

Medium | ‘Beyond spreadsheets: Imagining the data journalism workflow of the future’

Dueling Data | ’20 ways to visualize KIPs using DC crime data’

The Pudding | ‘Easier scrollytelling with position sticky’

BBC | ‘Exams 2018: The ‘myth’ of the visual learner’

ObservableHQ | ‘Methods of Comparison, Compared’

r2d3 | ‘A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning – Part II: Model Tuning and the Bias-Variance Tradeoff’

Washington Post | ‘Study: Charts change hearts and minds better than words do’

Romain Vuillemot | Paper: ‘State of the Art of Sports Data Visualization’, by C Perin, R. Vuillemot, C. D. Stolper, J. T. Stasko, J. Wood, and S. Carpendale

UW Interactive Data Lab | Paper ‘Assessing Effects of Task and Data Distribution on the Effectiveness of Visual Encodings’ by Younghoon Kim and Jeffrey Heer

VisGuides | ‘VisGuides is a democratic discussion forum about visualization guidelines’

Flowing Data | ‘Why People Make Bad Charts (and What to Do When it Happens)’

Subject News

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

Medium | ‘2018 Data Visualization Survey Results’

Amazon | New book: ‘Cartography’ by Ken Field

DIVE | ‘Turn your data into stories without writing code. Our system integrates semi-automated visualization and statistical analysis features into a unified workflow.’

PolicyViz | ‘Episode #130: A Tribute to Michael Cristiani’

Figma | ‘Design, prototype, and gather feedback all in one place with Figma.’

Workbench | ‘Clean, scrape, and analyze data without coding: The data journalism platform with training’


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

Indezine | ‘An Update on “Safe Fonts” for PowerPoint’

Reddit | ‘Distributions of height for the different positions in the 2018 FIFA World Cup’

Exactitudes | ‘Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek… sharing an interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 21 years’

NY Times | ‘Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends’ (worth it for the main photo alone)

Frontiers Film | ‘The Frontiers of Design’, a film by Doberman

Fast Company | ‘How the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign got its powerful design’

Twitter | ‘I can confidently say Ocean’s 8 will make north of $300 million, and Ocean’s -5 would crack a billion’

Washington Post | ‘Highly esteemed: An end-to-end walk along Manhattan’s High Line’

Twitter | ‘The Work of Art Pain Scale’