Best of the visualisation web… December 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 December 2018.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

C82 | ‘The first six books of ‘The Elements of Euclid’ with coloured diagrams and symbols’ A reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux

Bloomberg | ‘Americans Actually Voted in the 2018 Midterms’

The Economist | ‘Why ticket prices on long-haul flights have plummeted’

The Pudding | ‘Population Mountains’

Maarten Lambrechts | ‘Officially a yearly habit now: the the list of visualization lists. So here is my list of visualisations, charts, graphics, maps, satellite journalism and science photography lists, version 2018.’ (thanks for saving me the job Maarten!)

Fútbolismo | ‘Legends, One-club men and Journeymen: The history of football through the careers of its players from 1920 to today.’

Cari Klirs | ‘Visualizing the History of Fugazi’

SCMP | ‘What is space junk and why is it a problem?’

Inconsolata | …and here’s the associated print version

FT | ‘Dirty air: how India became the most polluted country on earth’

FigShare | ‘A space/time data visualisation’ by Jan Willem Tulp to ‘explore the state of fish population and coral reef at pacific reefs and islands’

ScenarioDNA | ‘Food trend forecast 2019’

Twitter | ’18 for 2018: a thread of [The Guardian’s] biggest projects of the year’

New York Times | ‘Heroin Addiction Explained: How Opioids Hijack the Brain’

eBird | ‘A new era of eBird Science: Status and Trends’

Twitter | The Financial Times dig into ‘where it went wrong for Mourinho and Man United’

SCMP | ‘How China’s Forbidden City became the Palace Museum’

New York Times | ‘Tracking the Race Across Antarctica’

Washington Post | ‘How rocket launches like SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy affect air traffic’

Vimeo | ‘Ito World Design Lab 2018 Wrap’

Twitter | Some nice replies to Enrico’s enquiry ‘What are great examples of using color to visualize data?’

Tableau | Ken Flerlarge’s recreation of 538’s ‘Forecasting the Race for the Senate’

BenFry | Ben’s updated version of his classic ‘The Origin of Species’ visualisation work

SCMP | ‘Ten signature dishes from around the world’

Reuters Graphics | ‘The fight for Nigeria’s heartland’

Tableau | Important results from a tea survey organised by Lorna Eden, which shows again the dominance of all things Yorkshire

Facebook | Interesting analysis from the ‘Voyageurs Wolf Project’

Tableau | Downloadable ‘color palettes for tableau’ by Jacob Olsufka


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

Towards Data Science | ‘3rd Wave Data Visualization: Understanding the convergence of tools, audiences and modes’

Yaay | ‘A diagram type for a niche data use case’

Evergreen Data | ‘Building a Culture of Effective Data Visualization’

Medium | ‘How Pew Research Center uses small multiple charts’

It’s Nice That | ‘Data journalist Mona Chalabi reviews her 2018 in statistics’

Medium | ‘Judging the IIB awards’

Medium | Ben Fry’s write up about the project linked to above

Vox | ‘The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained’

Twitter | A thread of observations by Matt Daniels about the ‘Population Mountains’ project linked above

Medium | ‘Visualizing Ranges Over Time on Mobile Phones’

Voilà | ‘A golden ratio for line charts with truncated y-axis’

Medium | ‘Why you should use D3’ by Mike Bostock

Twitter | Xan Gregg ‘collected all the color scales from the National Climate Assessment Vol 1.’

Learning & Development

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

YouTube | The full video playlist of talks from ‘Tapestry 2018 – Conference on Storytelling with Data’

C82 | Related to the above link… ‘Making of Byrne’s Euclid’

Henry Lau | ‘Accessible-as-possible colour palettes’

Medium | ‘Critical Analysis in Data Visualisation: A worked example of how to ensure you’re not spreading incorrect data’

Journocode | ‘Four data journalism learnings to apply in 2019’, which was day 8 of the ‘Data-driven Advent Calendar’

Journocode | and from day 9… ‘Squirrel talk: “I prefer one good project over ten bad ones.”‘

Nigel Hawtin | ‘From sketch to infographic’

Info We Trust | RJ curates a detailed collection of useful and inspirational books from beyond the walls of data or design

Data Viz Linds | ‘On Your Marks, Get Set, Go: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started with Set Actions’

Subject News

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

Information is Beautiful Awards | Announcing the ‘Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2018: The Winners’

The Pudding | Announcing the results of ‘The Pudding Cup: The best visual and data-driven stories of 2018’

Datawrapper | ‘A renewed pledge to keep all our user’s charts online’

Amazon | New Book (for pre-order) ‘Avoiding Data Pitfalls: How to steer clear of common blunders when working with data and presenting analysis and visualizations’, by Ben Jones

The Data Journalism Handbook | Beta release of the ‘The Data Journalism Handbook 2: Towards a Critical Data Practice’

DataRemixed | ‘On to the Next Chapter’ (and good luck to you sir!)

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Our Data: We’re sharing the data and code behind some of our articles and graphics. We hope you’ll use it to check our work and to create stories and visualizations of your own.’


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

Medium | ’52 things I learned in 2018′

Science Mag | ‘Checkmate: how we mastered the AlphaZero cover’

YouTube | ‘FLATLINE: How The Amiga Languished’

NY Mag | ‘How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.’

deMilked | ‘Photographer Spends 10 Years Tracking Down The Original Locations Of Vinyl Covers’

TfL | ‘TfL marks the 150th anniversary of the traffic light’

Bored Panda | ‘We Carefully Hand-Sketched The Entire City Of Perth, Scotland To The Smallest Detail’