Best of the visualisation web… January 2019

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 January 2019, listing the sites hosting each item and then accompanied by a brief description.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Vizualism | ‘Color trends in automotive 1910 – 2019’

Tableau | ‘The Fallen Leaves of Mrs May’s Magic Money Tree’

Vallandingham | ‘Good Governments Help People Succeed’

New York Times | ‘How Every Member Got to Congress’

Twitter | (…and nice to see the print version of the above chart)

Twitter | (More print goodness…) ‘In today’s print edition, the most detailed map of the border that we’ve ever made.’

YouTube | ‘2018: full, one year time lapse of surface winds over the North Atlantic’

Zeit Online | ‘When do you sleep?’ [Translated from German]

Tableau | ‘Pulling Strings: A worldwide story of happiness, freedom and governance efficiency’

Oivia de Recat | ‘Closeness Lines’

Medium | ‘Data rings: A community of data viz creators’

The Guardian | ‘High street crisis deepens: 1 in 12 shops closed in five years’

Washington Post | ‘What can Elon Musk’s personal flight records tell us about Tesla’s ‘excruciating’ year?’

Twitter | ‘Final “firework” maps of stations with direct connections to major hubs. Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester and London here.’

The Economist | ‘Managers in football matter much less than most fans think’

Twitter | ‘Animating the Mercator projection to the true size of each country in relation to all the others.’

Washington Post | ‘Trump has consistently rallied for a new border wall. What he thinks the wall should look like has been less than consistent’

Harvard Grad School of Design | ‘Public art installation “Warming Warning” engages timber, color, and shadow to stoke dialogue over climate change’

Illinois Traffic Stops | ‘Racial Disparities in Illinois Traffic Stops’

News Lifespan | ‘The Lifespan of News Stories: How the news enters (and exits) the public consciousness’

Reuters | ‘The race to save the river Ganges’

GitHub | ‘Rape in India: A visual exploration of systemic rape culture’

New York Times | ‘Trump Loves the Stock Market. Sometimes It Loves Him Back.’

Institute for Security Studies | ‘What if…? Scanning the Horizon: 12 Scenarios for 2021’ – some nice visuals in this report

SCMP | ‘Why your smartphone is causing you ‘text neck’ syndrome’


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

Data Remixed | ’17 Key Traits of Data Literacy’

Data and Dragons | ‘Spinning the Concrete Dial with Hypothetical Outcome Plots’

Towards Data Science | ‘Data Visualization in Music’

Policy Viz | ‘Data Visualization Inventors, Founders, and Developers’

Medium | ‘Making room for implicit error: a visualization approach to managing data discrepancy’

The Guardian | ‘Off the chart: the big comeback of paper maps’

Towards Data Science | ‘Exploratory Design in Data Visualization: Understanding and leveraging chart similarity’

Depict Data Studio | ‘The Future of Data Visualization: Predictions for 2019 and Beyond’

Data.World | ‘The top 10 datasets of 2018’

Learning & Development

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

Excel Charts | ‘Wordless instructions for making charts: Tableau Edition’

Ken Flerlage | ‘Creating 538’s Election Prediction Chart in Tableau 2018.3’

Twitter | Important thread about a case – and ongoing debate – about the the fine-line between inspiration and plagiarism

Twitter | …and again here

Vimeo | Video recordings of the Information+ Conference (2018) talks have now been published

Sciolist Ramblings | A ‘making-of’ post to accompany Chris Love’s ‘Fallen Leaves’ work above

FT | ‘The science behind good charts: Take part in our interactive experiment to boost your chart-making confidence’

Shifted Maps | ‘Shifted Maps: Revealing spatio-temporal topologies in movement data’

Commarts | ‘The Art of Data’ – interview with Nadieh Bremer

Subject News

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

NYT Co | ‘Amanda Cox Promoted to Data Editor’

Artful Design | New book: ‘Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime’ by GE Wang

YouTube | Ben Jones has launched a series of video webinars about and titled ‘Data Literacy’

DataKind | ‘DataKind Raises $20M Investment to Support the Data Science for Social Good Ecosystem’

Serial Mentor | New book: ‘Fundamentals of Data Visualization’, by Claus O. Wilke [this is the online preview]

Google | ‘Earth Studio is an animation tool for Google Earth’s satellite and 3D imagery’

ONS Digital | This might sound a small development but I think it is really important ‘Say what you see – the way we write chart titles is changing’

Twitter | End of a (wonderful) era for Paolo Ciuccarelli and Density Design

Stephen Few | New book: ‘The Data Loom: Weaving Understanding by Thinking Critically and Scientifically with Data’ by Stephen Few

Depict Data Studio | ‘The Complete Listing of Data Visualization Conferences’

The Functional Art | ‘New book in the Fall; new public talk in 2019’


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

Twitter | A commuter in the Munich area knitted a “rail delay scarf” in for all train delays experienced during 2018…

The Guardian | …’German train-delay scarf sells for €7,550 on eBay’

I Will Teach You To Be Rich | ‘You shouldn’t be annoyed — BUT I AM!’

Arun | ’10 Year Challenge: How Popular Websites Have Changed’

Twitter | ‘This uniquely beautiful clock’

Twitter | ‘Pro tip: if you want an original, low-color-conflict categorical color palette, look no further than 🇧🇪 comics covers’

textBOX | ‘textBOX is a San Francisco and London-based company specializing in writing image descriptions (alt-text) that describe the visual world around us’

The Guardian | ‘The internet, but not as we know it: life online in China, Cuba, India and Russia’