Best of the visualisation web… June 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 June 2019.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

NZZ | ‘My city has a fever – as the summer in Swiss cities has become hotter’ [Translated from German]

Studio Terp | ‘A view on despair’

New York Times | ‘Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot’

Tabletop Whale | ‘An Atlas of Space’

The Pudding | ‘A People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place.’

Senseable City Lab | ‘How visually distinct are our cities?’

@axismaps | Nice thread of interactive mapping techniques

@rebbowler | ‘The average user touches their phone 2,617 times a day’

Dueling Data | ‘This visualization is a moving piece of data art. It is a clock whose points radiate from the hour on the clock face. The viz changes as the hour changes.’

Zeit Online | ‘The Millions Who Left’

@carlbaker | ‘3 examples of a new unconventional map… a cartogram/population-based map’

The Pudding | ‘Best Year in Music: A Journey through every Billboard top 5 hit to find music’s greatest era’

Reuters | ‘Measuring the masses: The contentious issue of crowd counting in Hong Kong’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘New data video: Concern about inequality is growing, but by most measures inequality has been flat in recent years.’

The Guardian | ‘Museum art collections are very male and very white’

@jonni_walker | ‘To help promote #SeaTurtleWeek I created a data viz…’

New York Times | ‘The Roots of Big Tech Run Disturbingly Deep’

Tableau Public | ‘How much do I really use my favorite crutch word? An analysis of the um’s I used in my TC18 talk’

New York Times | ‘A Bird’s-Eye View of How Protesters Have Flooded Hong Kong Streets’

The Economist | ‘Calls to rein in the tech titans are getting louder’

National Geographic | ‘See the drastic toll climate change is taking on our oceans’

Reuters | ‘How India-Pakistan tensions have disrupted air travel’

Katie Lewis | ‘I invent and implement systems in order to visualize the transformation of materials over time.’

WSJ | ‘The Biggest Shot in NBA History’

Bloomberg | ‘More Refugees Are Seeking Shelter. The U.S. Is Taking Fewer’

Washington Post | ‘After a biblical spring, this is the week that could break the Corn Belt’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘NEW: a data-driven look at how women are slowly getting more lead roles in big British and American TV shows’

Five Thirty Eight | ‘Which 2020 Candidates Have The Most In Common … On Twitter?’

BMJ | ‘The gender pay gap in England’s NHS’

FT | ‘Timeline: No end in sight for US-China trade war’

The Guardian | ‘Which 2020 Democrats are powering their campaigns on fossil fuel donations?’


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

American Meteorological Society | ‘The Climate Spiral Demonstrates the Power of Sharing Creative Ideas’

Nightingale | ‘Choose Your Own Beyoncé’

Medium | ‘Data Visualization in the Age of Communism’

Policy Viz | Typically thoughtful piece by Jon about ‘DataViz Critique’

Tableau | ‘Design secrets we can learn from historic visualizations’

Medium | ‘Disinformation in reporting migration and how we can overcome it.’

Datawrapper | ‘Greenland’s ice is melting, but without an OMG moment’ – careful but astute critique from Lisa

Medium | ‘Explaining A Single Isotype: Creating Simplicity From Complexity (Part 1)’

After The Flood | ‘State of the Art of Sports Data Visualisation: Introduction’

Learning & Development

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

@wiederkehra | A nice accompanying ‘how we made it’ thread for the NZZ piece above

@maartenzam | ‘I came up with 14 data (visualisation) story patterns…’

Semantic Scholar | Paper: ‘Linking and Layout: Exploring the Integration of Text and Visualization in Storytelling’ by Qiyu Zhi, Alvitta Ottley, and Ronald A. Metoyer

Google Sheets | A growing collection of links and references to data visualisation style guidelines

Medium | ‘Six Principles for Designing Any Chart: An introduction to Google’s new data visualization guidelines’

Simply Statistics | ‘Teaching R to New Users – From tapply to the Tidyverse’

John Grimwade | ‘Tools revisited – Analog infographic equipment’

Eager Eyes | ‘Two Short Papers on Part-to-Whole Charts at EuroVis’

Voilà | ‘How we visualized world inequality’

Medium | ‘What to Expect in the Data Visualization Engineer Job Interviews’

Subject News

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

Quartz | ‘The multibillion-dollar sales of Tableau and Looker are a coming of age for data visualization’

Amazon | New Book:’Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice!’ by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic’

London Datastore | ‘City Intelligence Data Design Guidelines’


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

Amber Thomas | ‘Dear Career Switchers: You are not a Failure’

New Yorker | ‘How to Draw a Horse’

New York Times | ‘108 Women’s World Cup Players on Their Jobs, Money and Sacrificing Everything’

Boing Boing | ‘Grocer designed embarrassing plastic bags to shame shoppers into bringing reusable ones’

@rainmaker1973 | ‘Globe making: how the World was made in 1955’

@so_bad_ass | ‘My 18 year old son sent me this with the message “found the perfect road trip for you”‘

FiveThirtyEight | All the posts from the “Science Question From A Toddler” series