Best of the visualisation web… November 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.

Potsdam | ‘COINS: A journey through a rich cultural collection’

Washington Post | ‘How many years do we lose to the air we breathe?’

The Guardian | ‘How populist are you?’

The Economist | ‘How to forecast an American’s vote’

Yale Climate Connections | ‘What’s a ‘tempestry’? Knitters turn temperature data into art’

The Guardian | ‘Are Manchester United overachieving heading into the Manchester derby?’

Washington Post | ‘Detailed results from 22 key House battleground districts’

Reuters | ‘Ebola Epidemic: In Africa, a virus spreads’

Google Trends | ‘How Diverse Are US Newsrooms?’ (updated for 2018)

Vanguardia | Love the layout design choices in this graphic about Fernando Alonso

ProPublica | ‘Could Your Police Department Be Inflating Rape Clearance Rates?’

Bloomberg | ‘Here’s Who Actually Votes in American Elections’

Tableau Public | Interesting sketchy technique used in this ‘Impressionist Painters’ piece by Adam McCann

Shape of the Game | ‘Kohli’s path to 10,000 ODI runs, charted’ | ‘London Tree Canopy Cover: Search the map to discover tree canopy cover across London.’

Bloomberg | ‘2018 Midterm Elections: House Election Results’

Reuters | ‘The planet’s hidden climate change’

Tableau Public | ‘Pulse of the World Series’

New York Times | ‘Sizing Up the 2018 Blue Wave’

SCMP | ‘A tale of two cities’

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

The Upshot | ‘The Suburbs Are Changing. But Not in All the Ways Liberals Hope.’

The Pudding | ‘What makes a titletown?’

Reuters | ‘Tracking China’s Muslim Gulag

UNESCO | ‘This interactive visual demonstrates the diversity and interconnectedness of the living heritage elements inscribed under the 2003 Convention’

Climate Lab Book | ‘Warming stripes’

The Guardian | ‘Why are more Americans than ever dying from drug overdoses?’

New York Times | ‘Tracing a Meme From the Internet’s
Fringe to a Republican Slogan’


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

MIT Open Press | The community review site for a new book ‘Data Feminism’ being developed by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein

FT | ‘How to view all FT graphics in one place’

Multiple Views | ‘IEEE VIS 2018: Color, Interaction, & Augmented Reality’

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

MU Collective | ‘We are a cross-institution research lab working at the intersection of information visualization and uncertainty communication’

Create London | ‘Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries’

Medium | ‘Places and their names — observations from 11 million place names’

The Stats Ninja | ‘The Analytics PAIN: How to Interpret Trend Lines and Greek Letters’

The Economist | ‘The challenges of charting regional inequality’

Towards Data Science | ‘The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois’s “The Exhibit of American Negroes” (Part 5)’

Learning & Development

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

mhinfographics | Marco’s great process post about the work behind his SCMP piece ‘The stones in the road for China’s 2025 plan on electric vehicles’

SCI @ Utah | Paper: ‘Reflections on How Designers Design With Data’ (from 2014), by Alex Bigelow, Steven Drucker, Danyel Fisher, and Miriah Meyer

Twitter | ‘This week’s Behind the Cover video.’

Booooooom | ‘Marker Drawings Turned into Mesmerizing Looping Gifs by Benjamin Zimmermann’

Policy Viz | ‘Teaching Data Visualization to Kids’

MapBox | ‘Washington Post’s Electoral Maps: How we built it’

Medium | ‘What Does “Visualization Literacy” Mean, Anyway?’

Subject News

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

Multiple Views | Launch of a new medium-based ‘site’ titled with a simple but really important aim, ‘visualization research explained’

Amazon Textract | ‘Amazon Textract: Easily extract text and data from virtually any document’

Info We Trust | An exciting upcoming new book from RJ Andrews which looks amazing, this post kicks off a series which tracks his experiences on the road to publication

Twitter | ‘Here is our first map made with the new Equal Earth projection by @BojanSavric’

Cornell | ‘Rev startup gets $1.7M for global curriculum data analysis’

Excel Charts | New ebook: ‘Wordless instructions for making charts in Excel’ by Jorge Camões


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

ESPN | ‘Barcelona incorporate data analysis into their Cruyff-inspired principles’

Bloomberg | ‘Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020’

Leaders in Sport | ‘How Analytics Helped Reclaim the Ryder Cup for Europe’

FastCompany | ‘Inside NBC Studios and its daunting fight against fake election news’

The Guardian | ‘Pretentious, impenetrable, hard work … better? Why we need difficult books’

Nature | ‘The secret laws of success and status: Mark Buchanan savours a study of the social effects that boost fame and recognition.’

Thrillist | ‘I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It.’ (interesting in and of itself but then even more so with the subsequent Editor’s note)