Best of the visualisation web… July 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 July 2019. (Note that some links lead to paywall items, for which you may have limited access before having to pay).

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

Nadieh Bremer | ‘Planet Globe: Imaging the entire Earth, every day’

Flowing Data | ‘If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”: Everyone comes from somewhere else.’

Nesta | ‘She said more: Measuring gender imbalances in reporting on the creative industries’

Time | Lots of moon-landing anniversary stuff this month, beginning with two real favourites… ‘Welcome to TIME Immersive’s Apollo 11 ‘Landing on the Moon’ Experience’

New York Times | …and then this piece from New York Times, which has SO much thought behind it as described in a piece below: ‘Apollo 11, As They Shot It’

National Geographic | …and this ‘Countdown to a New Era in Space’

Washington Post | …as well as ‘How to dress for space’

@davidbauer | and this collection of work… ‘Love what my team has created for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing #Apollo50th’

Info We Trust | as well as… ‘Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk’

Reuters | and this from Reuters… ‘Man on the Moon’

New York Times | ‘Why This Narrow Strait Next to Iran Is So Critical to the World’s Oil Supply’

Tableau Public | Given the monthly theme is space, this felt worthy of inclusion ‘Gustav Holst – the Planets’

Economist | ‘Arctic lead levels shed new light on Europe’s history’

The Pudding | ’11 Years of Top-Selling Book Covers, Arranged by Visual Similarity’

Bloomberg | ‘How Each Country Contributed to the Explosion in Energy Consumption’

New York Times | ‘How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?’

@ftdata | ‘UK housing under pressure’

Bloomberg | ‘What the Democratic Candidates Discussed During the Debate: Annotated Transcripts’

c82 | ‘Illustrations of the Natural Order of Plants’

Behance | ‘If on a winter’s night a traveler: text&data’

Vox | ‘After Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we let 2,241 mass shootings happen’

Tableau Public | ‘When do I arrive and leave home?’

New York Times | ‘How Two Big Earthquakes Triggered 16,000 More in Southern California’

Ordnance Survey | ‘Britain’s most complex motorway junctions ‘

AlHadaqa | ‘The 2 poles of Egyptian Football’

BBC | ‘The many shapes of England’s cricket stadiums’

Tableau Public | ‘The Emotional Valence of Broadway’

Sports Chord | ‘Visualising the Cricket Scorecard’

Washington Post | ‘Tracking Barry as it moves through Louisiana’

New York Times | ‘What if you mapped the major American artists of the past century…’

ArcGIS | A 3D interactive rendering of John Snow’s ‘Cholera Map’

Tableau Public | ‘Where the Wild Things Glow’

The Pudding | ‘Men are from Chelsea, Women are from Park Slope: How “gayborhoods” in 15 major American cities are divided by gender’


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

Nightingale | ‘100 Days of Dataviz Comics’

Medium | ‘4 Observations on Animating Your Data Visualizations’

Nightingale | ‘Beyond Nightingale: Being a Woman in Data Visualization’

Melting Asphalt | ‘If you’ve spent any time thinking about complex systems, you surely understand the importance of networks.’

Nieman Lab | ‘How to cover 11,250 elections at once: Here’s how The Washington Post’s new computational journalism lab will tackle 2020’

Multiple Views | ‘How We See Our Data: Vision Science and Visualization, Pt. 1’

Nightingale | ‘Intricate & Visually Exciting: An Interview with Nadieh Bremer’

The Guardian | ‘The disinformation age: a revolution in propaganda’

The Functional Art | ‘Another grossly incompetent lying chart by climate deniers’

Eager Eyes | ‘What Is A Misleading Chart?’

Perceptual Edge | ‘The Inflated Role of Storytelling’ + comments section, as ever

Towards Data Science | ‘What would the London Tube Map look like if Data Scientists designed it?’

Susie Lu | ‘Re-viz-iting the receipt’

Learning & Development

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

New York Times | ‘How We Augmented Our Original Reporting of the Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary’

DataRemixed | ‘4 Ways I Challenge Myself as a Data Trainer’

@aLucasLopez | Wonderful thread on the process Alberto went through to create a piece about ’50 years of human migration’ for Nat Geo

Create With Data | ‘Create interactive maps and charts with JavaScript: Blog and tutorials on making maps and charts with Chart.js, D3.js, Leaflet, Mapbox and other JavaScript libraries.’

Data Stories | ‘Episode 142: Data Is Personal with Evan Peck’

Google Sheets | Amy Cesal’s growing collection of corporate visualisation style guides

@laurenbaldoart | ‘Small guide on how I apply color theory to my paintings and illustrations’

c82 | ‘Making of the Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants’

UW Data | ‘The Many Languages, Many Colors Project’

Nodes | ‘Nodes: A new way to create with code’

Studio Terp | ‘Trees, clouds and waves.
Or, how I visualized data on suicide.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How To Read 2020 Polls Like A FiveThirtyEighter’

Medium | ‘Democratizing Visualization By Lowering the Barrier of Entry’

Subject News

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

Nightingale | ‘Welcome To Nightingale: Introducing the Data Visualization Society’s new publication’

OEKom | New book: ‘The climate book: Everything you need to know in 50 graphics’ by Esther Gonstalla

Medium | ‘The new tech principles for’

Multiple Views | New tool: ‘TheyDrawIt!: An Authoring Tool for Belief-Driven Visualization’

Massey Press | New book (coming October): ‘We Are Here: An atlas of Aotearoa’ by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee


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

The Guardian | ‘Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us’

Google | ‘A moonlit tribute to a moon landing icon’

Mapmaker | ‘Hundred Largest Islands of the World (poster)’

Custom PC | ‘Inside Black Mirror Bandersnatch’

LA Times | ‘The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?’