Best of the visualisation web… October 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 October 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.

Washington Post | ‘Fantastic fall foliage… and where to find it’

Codex Atlanticus | ‘Explore the largest collection of writings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci’

Reuters | ‘Brexit’s ‘Super Saturday’ – Crunch time again for the British parliament.’

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

Visualize.News | ‘Lok Sabha 2019: India goes to the polls’

Washington Post | ‘Here’s why Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians’

Gates Foundation | ‘Examining Inequality: How Geography and Gender Stack the Deck For (Or Against) You’

@ccanipe | ‘Canadian election map makers really have it rough…’

New York Times | ‘The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America’

Medium | ‘TomTom: Visualising Amsterdam’s Heartbeat’

Bloomberg | ‘After Decades of Fracking, We Finally Know How the Fluid Spreads Underground’

The Guardian | ‘How much of Johnson’s ‘great new deal’ is actually new?’

New York Times | ‘How the New Syria Took Shape’

@karim_douieb | ‘Here is a transition between surface area of US counties and their associated population’

C82 | ‘Picturesque views of seats of Great Britain and Ireland’

Flowing Data | ‘I mapped when and where people start their commutes to go work in major cities’

Financial Times | ‘The Trade-Off – Can you balance profit and purpose?’

Al Hadaqa | ‘This data visualization presents every rated horror film ever made since 1912 until end of 2019’

Fathom | ‘Laniakea maps the entire landscape of a document set according to its most meaningful content, enabling users to quickly grasp and navigate thousands, or even millions, of documents’

NZZ | ‘The results of the parties in the detailed analysis’ (translated)

@RosemaryWardley | ‘So happy to share Prejudice and Pride in New York City, my latest @NatGeoMaps project, in the June issue.’

@maartenzam | ‘For Flemish newspaper @destandaard, I made a look-through-history map of Flanders + BXL. Compare your area with how it looked like 50 years ago ‘

Sci Com Lab | ‘Scientific Poster: Explore the Ocean’

Audubon | ‘Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.’

The Pudding | ‘The Kim Foxx Effect: How Prosecutions Have Changed in Cook County’

Visualizing Palestine 101 | ‘Visualizing Palestine 101 is a data-led visual resource and educational hub for people learning and teaching about Palestine’

Reuters | ‘Weapons of mass control, tactics of mass resistance’

@will_s_t | ‘The first time I’ve tried to highlight the changes in a NICE guideline summary in one of our infographics.’


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

Nightingale | ‘”Treatise”: A Visual Symphony Of Information Design’

Alexander Koch | ‘Data viz inspiration’

Washington Post | ‘You’ve been reading charts wrong. Here’s how a pro does it.’

Cartonerd | ‘Trump’s maps of dominance’

Multiple Views | ‘Data Changes Everything: How Data Visualization Design and Interface Design are Different’

Nightingale | ‘Data Literacy Is the Key to the Future of Data Visualization’

Medium | ‘Doing enterprise financial data visualization after data journalism’

The Economist | ‘Lies, damn lies and charts: Alberto Cairo explains how to avoid being duped’, book review by Alex Selby-Boothroyd

Nightingale | ‘Finding Comfort in Uncertainty’

Data Future | ‘Data Future? Are people ready for a world built on data trading?’

The Atlantic | ‘The Myth of ‘Dumbing Down’’

Stripe | ‘How we made the Stripe Dashboard more accessible with a new color system’

Esri | ‘Wurman Dots: Learning from the ’60s with a useful mapping style’

Learning & Development

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

Datawrapper | ‘How to prepare your data for analysis and charting in Excel & Google Sheets’

Data Trotters | ‘Explore, Play and Learn the Language of Data!’

Invision App | ‘Finding the best free fonts for numbers’

Storytelling With Data | ‘How it came to be’ – the process behind writing a book

NZZ Open | ‘How we built a web to print system into our graphics toolbox Q’

Northwestern | Paper: ‘Why Authors Don’t Visualize Uncertainty’ by Jessica Hullman

Data Stories | ‘Episode 147, Iconic Climate Visuals with Ed Hawkins’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘It’s precisely the lack of technical #dataviz paraphernalia that makes the visual so powerful and so popular’ – some great comments and discussions in this twitter thread emerging from the above DS episode

@wallacetim | ‘I think about this Gaza damage assessment piece I worked on with @archietse, @dwtkns, @karenyourish and @salvesergio in 2014 pretty frequently, but I never stop to think why.’

Info We Trust | ‘Dissecting ‘Anatomy of a Giant”

Eager Eyes | Paper: ‘Evidence for Area as the Primary Visual Cue in Pie Charts’ by Robert Kosara

c82 | ‘Making of Picturesque Views of Seats of Great Britain and Ireland’

Cornell University | Paper ‘Critical Reflections on Visualization Authoring Systems’ by Arvind Satyanarayan et al

@Timmeko | Fantastic thread about the process that Tim Meko and team at Washington Post go through to make their amazing maps’

Subject News

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

@storywithdata | ‘IT’S HERE! I am incredibly proud to share #SWDletspractice with you.’

@giorgialupi | ‘I am finally able to announce that I’ve designed a (data!)-fashion collection for #andotherstories! ‘

@kennelliott | ‘Proud to say that our November issue, which went live (and hit newsstands) this morning, was created entirely by women. you’ll find some great stories and graphics’

Amsterdam University Press | New book ‘Data Visualization in Society’ edited by Martin Engebretsen & Helen Kennedy

MapReverse | ‘MapReverse is designed to help explore maps shared in social media to uncover their potential sources and derivatives’

Nuffield Trust | ‘NHS Visual Data Challenge: Create a data visualisation on health and care inequalities and win £1000.’

@tjukanov | ‘Announcing #30DayMapChallenge in November 2019!’


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

@rusosnith | ‘Inequality choropleth map of Santiago de Chile seen in the wild on #LaMarchaMasGrandeDeChile’

The Guardian | ‘Artist creates deepfake birdsong to highlight threat to dawn chorus’

Technology Review | ‘Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game’

@globemakers | ‘A 20 foot wide tapestry by Vanessa Barragão recreates the world in textural yarn’

Overview | Some amazing prints of aerial photography

BBC | ‘The man behind the Inktober viral drawing challenge’

@fishnets88 | ‘Happy to announce v1 of a hobby project. It’s a tool that allows you to draw and then download a dataset.’