Best of the visualisation web… October 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 November 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

CNN | ‘Predictions of the 2018 election results’

Deniz Cem Önduygu | ‘Summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers’

FT | ‘Is Manhattan on the edge of a prime housing precipice?’

The Pudding | ‘Human Terrain: Visualizing the World’s Population, in 3D’

New York Times | ‘Hurricane Michael: One Mile of Devastation in Florida’

Twitter | ‘Cut-out infographic to be aware of childhood malnutrition tragedy.’

New York Times | ‘A map of every building in America’

Flowing Data | ‘Ask the Question, Visualize the Answer’

C82 | ‘Æsop Blooms: Reimagining classic fables as colorful bouquets’

Washington Post | ‘Which state legislatures might go blue this fall?’

Accurat | ‘Building Hopes: An experimental AR app to explore our hopes as individuals and society’

Estadao | ‘Bolsonaro wins in 97% of the richest cities and Haddad in 98% of the poor’ [Translated]

Flows and Tolls | ‘International trade flows have always fascinated people. The global exchange of goods enables prosperity and growth perspectives… With this website we would like to create a comprehensive range of information on international trade’

Baseball Savant | ‘Pitcher Visualization Report (player selected = Justin Verlander)’

The Upshot | ‘Detailed Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life’

Data Vista | Minimalist wallpaper-like data portrayals of a wide-range of different topics

Vimeo | ‘Lisbon’s slow traffic areas’

Flowing Data | ‘Growth of Subreddits: Looking at “what the internet has been talking about” for the past 12 years.’

Washington Post | ‘Think you’ll know who won on election night? Not so fast …’

designboom | ‘oddviz creates virtual installations made of photogrammetric inventory of street objects’

SFMOMA | ‘Each visualization is of one individual’s interactions with Send Me SFMOMA over the course of a wee’

Flowing Data | ‘Shifting Causes of Death: Here is how causes changed over the years, across sex and age group.’

Washington Post | ‘Borderline: Navigating the invisible boundary and physical barriers that define the U.S.-Mexico border’

SCMP | ‘Why the world’s flight paths are such a mess’

National Geographic | ‘Scary, Squishy, Brainless, Beautiful: Inside the World of Jellyfish’


These are references to written articles, discourse or interviews about visualisation.

Esri | ‘Misconceptions: Some Common Geographic Mental Misplacements…’

FT | ‘How data analysis helps football clubs make better signings’

EagerEyes | Robert’s typically great annual write-up of the main themes to emerge from the IEEE VIS conference, this is part 1…

EagerEyes | …part 2…

EagerEyes | …and the final part 3.

Medium | ‘Peeling back the curtain: How the Economist is opening the data behind our reporting’

VizWiz | ‘As this is my 1000th blog post, I wanted to write about Tableau Public and what it means to me.’

Climate Lab Book | ‘The end of the rainbow: An open letter to the climate science community’

Open News | ‘The Value of Human Text Analysis: Q&A with Alvin Chang’

Learning & Development

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

CU VisuaLab | Paper: ‘Where’s My Data? Evaluating Visualizations with Missing Data’ by Hayeong Song & Danielle Albers Szafir

IPUMS | ‘IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space… Data and services available free of charge.’

Lisa Charlotte Rost | ‘One Chart, Nine Tools – Revisited’

Google Docs | ‘Science Visualization Resources: An evolving sheet of selected organizations, conferences, videos and readings [for those] interested in learning more about scientific visualization’

Charles Perin | New Paper: ‘State of the art of sports data visualization’

Microsoft | New Paper: ‘Visualizing Ranges over Time on Mobile Phones: A Task-Based Crowdsourced Evaluation’ by Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Petra Isenberg, and Eun Kyoung Choe

Scientific American | ‘Visualizing Science: Illustration and Beyond’

Voilà | ‘Redesigning an important graph about a carbon tax’

Subject News

Includes announcements within the field, such as new sites or resources, new book titles and other notable developments.

Medium | ‘Data journalism at The Economist gets a home of its own in print’

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

Depict Data Studio | ‘Introducing Depict Data Studio’

Modal | ‘Modal is a research tool for annotating complex structures in texts’

datylon | ‘From insights to compelling data stories: Finally, advanced data visualization right within Adobe Illustrator’

RStudio | ‘As part our series on new features in the RStudio v1.2 Preview Release, we’re pleased to announce the r2d3 package, a suite of tools for using custom D3 visualizations with R.’

McKinsey | ‘Analytics translator: The new must-have role’


Any other items that may or may not be directly linked to data visualisation but might have a data, technology or visual theme.

Twitter | Interesting thread…’can you think of any maps for which the “making-visible” of a particular subject ultimately rendered that subject vulnerable or brought harm upon them?’