Best of the visualisation web… September 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 September 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.

@EricTopol | ‘A @nature issue dedicated to #ClimateChange. Yes, It’s Time to Act’

Good City Life | ‘Poor but healthy: What can we learn from billions of food purchases at London grocery stores?’

Tableau Public | ‘Migration. IronViz 2019 3rd feeder’ by Mariona Banyeres

E R Davis | ‘The Beautiful Hidden Logic of Cities’

Reuters | ‘Drowning in plastic: Visualising the world’s addiction to plastic bottles’

National Geographic | ‘The Atlas of Moons’

Scientific American | ‘Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished’

New York Times | ‘Are You Rich? Where Does Your Net Worth Rank in America?’

Reuters | ‘India is running out of water’

New York Times | ‘Notre-Dame’s Toxic Fallout’

Washington Post | ‘We’re thinking about the Amazon fires all wrong. These maps show why’

Grow Observatory | ‘Soil Moisture Maps’

@onyxfish | ‘I’d like to take a minute to tell about all the amazing work the @fivethirtyeight Interactives Team has been doing this week’

The Pudding | ‘Millennials Kill Everything’

The Guardian | ‘This is the Irish border, this time last week’

New York Times | ‘The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster’

@RobinKwong | ‘May I present… This massive, data-driven @FinancialTimes magazine feature with reporting spanning five continents.’

@fruys | ‘The one were they’re kissing & dating: Celebrating #Friends25 10 seasons in 10 seconds’

Kate Snow Design | ‘he Floral Patterns & Lifecycles of Plants’

The World in Tune | ‘The world in tune’ (desktop only) – How can the world be rearranged according to music preferences?

The Upshot | ‘Deportations Reduce Crime? That’s Not What the Evidence Shows’


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

NZZ Open | ‘How we went from individual styles to a consistent look-and-feel in the NZZ Graphics Team’

Nightingale | ‘Pros and Cons of Chart Taxonomies’

The Functional Art | ‘Explaining visualizations in The New York Times, NPR, and the BBC’

Scientific American | ‘How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns’

Nightingale | ‘Michelle Rial’s New Book Dreams of Being on Your Coffee Table’

Design Week | ‘How a climate crisis graphic became a meme’

Data and Dragons | ‘Glass benches: genre and minimalism in data visualization’

Fast Company | ‘Minimalism Is Dead. Hello, Maximalism’ (from 2017)

Nightingale | ‘Draw The Rest Of The Chart: Imposter Syndrome and Levelling Up in Data Visualization’

Washington Post | ‘Trump’s war on reality enters bizarre new terrain’

@GoogleDesign | ‘How many hours do designers work? What’s the average salary? Who’s happiest?’

Eager Eyes | ‘Some thoughts on what data is and how typed files differ from more general datasets’

Learning & Development

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

Evergreen Data | ‘The Dashboard Sketch Process’

mhinfographics | ‘#infofails chapter 01 (pilot)’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘What did I learn from Encode 2019?’

Nightingale | ‘Easy as Pie Chart: Behind the scenes of making the “Real Pie Chart”’

@xangregg | ‘Some quotes and notes from reading Mary Spear’s 1969 #dataviz book Practical Charting Techniques …’

Susie Lu | ‘Part 1 of 3 from (Susie’s) Data Visualization Retrospective talk at Visfest 2019’

@abstractsunday | ‘I gave a @TEDTalks on visual language: Why I think it’s a powerful and beautiful way to communicate and why the most important part is the reader.’

Washington Post | ‘The four simple reasons Trump’s ‘impeach this’ map doesn’t make any sense’

@datastories | Great episode with Nicholas Rougeux

Subject News

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

@benibu | A thread detailing ‘some technical insights on how it works’ with ‘it’ being NZZ’s new process for generating digital and print graphics out of the same tool

Eager Eyes | ‘Introducing eagereyesTV, My New YouTube Channel’

Jen Christiansen | New website for the ever-exceptional Jen Christiansen

@WashPostPR | ‘The Washington Post names
@katdowns Vice President of Product and Design’

Vimeo | All the videos from Eyeo 2019

@DataRemixed | New book announcement! ‘Avoiding Data Pitfalls’, by Ben Jones


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

@williamcrawley | ‘Meme du jour’

@bizweekgraphics | ‘Our brethren have raced the bars, but have they raced the bar chart races?’

The Guardian | ‘The Guardian view on machine learning: a computer cleverer than you?’

The Iris | ‘Streets of Los Angeles by Artist Ed Ruscha, Recipient of the 2019 Getty Medal’

@HWarlow | ‘Modern art, simplified’