Best of the visualisation web… February 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 February 2019.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Tulp Interactive | ‘On time every time’

Axios | ‘Earth’s 5 warmest years on record have occurred since 2014’

New York Times | ‘The British-Irish Dialect Quiz’

The Guardian | ‘How Brexit has created four new political factions’

Behance | ‘Obelisks throughout centuries’

Twitter | ‘The gap between Labour and the Tories in ideological terms is a lot smaller now than it was in the 1980s’

Tableau Public | ‘The full history of the Six Nations’

Bloomberg | ‘Disney Faces Fresh Criticism After Heir Calls Iger’s Pay ‘Insane’’

The Pudding | ‘The Gyllenhaal Experiment’

New York Times | ‘NASA’s Opportunity Rover Dies on Mars’

Vox | ‘American segregation, mapped at day and night’

Gramener | ‘Visual Vocabulary – Vega Edition’

The Pudding | ‘How many high school stars make it in the NBA?’

Washington Post | ‘LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on NBA’s scoring list’

Lucas Infografia | What an amazing body of work

FT | ‘Waymo builds big lead in self-driving car testing’ (interesting wrap-around bar charts)

New York Times | ‘Brumadinho Dam Collapse: A Tidal Wave of Mud’

Vocs | ‘Mapping 24 Emotions Conveyed by Brief Human Vocalization’

Economist | ‘The names of migrants to America suggest they were individualists’

Economist | ‘British voters are unimpressed by Theresa May’s Brexit deal’

SCMP | ‘Extreme Earth is blowing hot and cold’

Washington Post | ‘The numbers behind workplace discrimination’

Twitter | ‘Brand Values, over 18 years’ (‘Bar chart race’ patient zero?)

Flowing Data | ‘How Many Kids We Have and When We Have Them’

Tableau Public | ‘Super Bowl LIII’

Flowing Data | ‘Billions at the Franchise Box Office’

Economist | ‘Build a British voter: Profiles of a divided country’

Tableau Public | ‘Florida Squeeze’

Information is Beautiful | ‘Based on a true true story?’

ABC | ‘The Amazon Race: A news game about what it’s like to work in an Amazon warehouse’

Washington Post | ‘The rising Western skyline’

New York Times | ‘A Fence, Steel Slats or “Whatever You Want To Call It”‘


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

Medium | ‘How the BBC Visual and Data Journalism team works with graphics in R’

Serial Mentor | ‘Goodbye Joyplots’

The Guardian | ‘WEB Du Bois: retracing his attempt to challenge racism with data’

New York Times | ‘Meet Amanda Cox, Who Brings Life to Data on Our Pages’

Wired | ‘The nerdy charm of artisanal hand-drawn infographics’

Datawrapper | ‘2018: The fourth hottest year. Compared to what?’

Flourish | ‘Why data visualisation needs a play button’

Medium | ‘Making Annotations First-Class Citizens in Data Visualization’

Earth Observatory | ‘Searching for the Bluest’

Medium | ‘I’m a Visual Designer whose sight is not perfect anymore’

Medium | ‘Tackling Brexit — A day in the life of an interactive journalist’

Digiday | ‘Inside Bloomberg’s 30-person international data journalism team’

Learning & Development

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

YouTube | ‘Things I Know About Tableau Layout Containers’ (so useful for confused container users like me)

Clever Franke | Case study about a project for visualising live BMX rider data

Twitter | ‘I’m collecting #visualization design processes’

Twitter | ‘I’m looking for examples of unconventional viz that “breaks the rules”‘

PNAS | Paper: ‘Data visualization literacy: Definitions, conceptual frameworks, exercises, and assessments’ by Katy Börner, Andreas Bueckle, and Michael Ginda

UX Design | ‘Lessons from the amazing journey of being a designer.’

VisPubData | ‘A dataset that contains information on IEEE Visualization (IEEE VIS) publications from 1990-2018’

YouTube | ‘North is a societal construct: when to break the rules with your map’

JSchöley | ‘But Why? Design choices made while creating “Regional population structures at a glance”‘

Medium | ‘More than meets the eye: How understanding visual interpretation can improve data visualisation’

Tableau Public | ‘The History of the 6 Nations, 5 Nations and Home Nations Championships’

Policy Viz | ‘Episode #147: Lazaro Gamio’

Subject News

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

Medium | ‘Introducing the Data Visualization Society’

Aalto University | New Book: English translation of ‘Data Visualization Handbook’ by Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén

jxnblk | ‘A live tool for checking the contrast ratio between different colour combinations of text and background’

Microsoft | ‘Add data to Excel directly from a photo’

MH Infographics | ‘My sincere gratitude to the South China Morning Post’

Esri | ‘New Map Projection Meets Cartographic Needs and Desires’

Equal Earth | ‘The Equal Earth Physical Map’

Science | ‘A brief visual history of the periodic table’

Amazon | New Book Announcement: ‘How Charts Lie’ by Alberto Cairo

Amazon | New Book Announcement: ‘SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA’ by by Kirk Goldsberry

YouTube | ‘A narrated tour through the contents of INFO WE TRUST’

Exploratorium | Event: ‘On May 8 and 9, 2019, the Exploratorium will be hosting VISUALISE: Visualization for Informal Science Education’

Twitter | ‘New project in the family! The’


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

YouTube | ‘Heesch Numbers and Tiling by Numberphile’

Udeuschle | ‘Create a panorama’

BBC | ‘What is hauntology? And why is it all around us?’

Can’t Unsee | ‘Select the design that is most correct’ (Quiz)

Sheffield University | ‘A foto da favela de Paraisópolis’ (as seen through Google Earth)

Twitter | ‘Rush hour in Los Angeles’

The Guardian | ”It’s impossible!’ – Christian Marclay and the 24-hour clock made of movie clips’

The Guardian | ‘Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals’

Medium | ‘Business reboot: what happened when I took July ‘off’’