Best of the visualisation web… June 2021

Since 2010 I have compiled and published monthly collections of links to some of the best, most interesting, or thought-provoking data visualisation-related content I come across. These collections are not always published immediately after the end of the month, but I try to do so as soon as my workload permits!

Here’s a collection of some of the best content I encountered during June 2021.

The items listed may not have been necessarily published in the month, rather I will have discovered them during the month to which this post relates. Note that some links point to paywall items so may not be accessible to everyone. The details included are the platform or site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief description.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@AdedamolaLadipo | ‘Food Apartheid in Washington, D.C. | A look at the food system of income, race, and geography in the US Capital’

New York Times | ‘What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media?’

@kristw | ‘All matches and goals from EURO 2020 Group Stage’

@WJSutton12 | ‘Marathons are tough enough but 1904’s Olympic Marathon saw competitors have to endure “purposeful dehydration”, fend off wild dogs, and refused water but given brandy mixed with rat poison.’

@IneffectiveMath | ‘Using the Élő ratings from, I simulated the upcoming euro tournament a handful of times to estimate who is likely to win.’ (Follow this thread all the way to the end)

@benjamesdavis | ‘New dataviz in Observable, playing around with particle flows and map animations using EU fish catch data.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Why Many Americans Can’t See The Wealth Gap Between White And Black America’

@ProfCheit | ‘Aliens sure are obsessed with the US.’

The Strait Times | The gallery of multimedia work, data stories, and interactives from the graphics folks at The Strait Times

The Opportunity Atlas | ‘Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty? The Opportunity Atlas answers this question…’

@h_i_g_s_c_h | ‘Visualizing Censorship In Iran’

@jmahrens | ‘What have your neighbors voted for? The detailed map of the elections, street by street, throughout Mexico.’ [Translated from Spanish]

@karim_douieb | ‘With the EURO 2020 approaching, you’ve probably all been wondering what ~1 million of passes would looks like if all shot at the same time, right? Well wonder no more…’

@rjnskl | ‘What’s happening with the fight over election laws? ‘

@samjoiner | ‘New: How energy efficient is your house?’

@sigmaawards | ‘We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Sigma Awards 2021’ (very much worth your time browsing through this lot)

@SParsonsDataViz | ‘Rivers of time’

@CraigTaylorViz | ‘Really enjoying mapping races at the moment, this is ‘The Dragon’s Back Race’ which runs over 5 days with a distance of over 300km’

simplexCT | Superb collection of Excel chart templates and tutorials

Atlante Calvino | ‘The primary purpose of this research is the opportunity to create a connection between a literary object and the analysis of complex systems through visualization’

The Guardian | ‘The firms that fund anti-LGBTQ+ politicians while waving rainbow flag’

Washington Post | ‘Australia’s mouse plague. Click only if you can handle mice. A lot of them.’

@theneilrichards | ‘Decimal fractions: Visualising the first 100 decimal places of 100 fractions’

Tableau Public | ‘Is it a bird? 2021 Birdwatch Results’

WHO | ‘World Health Statistics 2021: A visual summary’

@Jeremy_CF_Lin | ‘New York expects to collect $1.6 billion less in property taxes for the fiscal year that starts July 1. And this is what the block by block analysis looks like’

Flowing Data | ‘Seeing How Much We Ate Over the Years’

Washington Post | ‘How ranked-choice voting could change the way democracy works’


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

Storytelling with Data | ‘Colors and emotions in data visualization’

@opertoon | ‘Comics taught us to write using boxes of time — now boxes of time are everywhere. Check out my talk on Temporal Aesthetics in Digital Comics’

New Yorker | ‘When charts are a matter of life and death’

The Economist | ‘Between the lines: Visualising the distribution of data’

Nightingale | ‘Data Visualization for Kids’

University of Leeds | ‘Pilot Study of Generic Visuals of Brexit and Covid-19 (II): Focus on data visualisations’

Junk Charts | ‘Further exploration of tessellation density’

LinkedIn | ‘The fallacy of accuracy in data visualization’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘What happens when you combine red and blue?’

@williamlallen | ‘How is migration visually conveyed via data visualization? ‘

The Economist | ‘How does The Economist’s data team make their charts work for colour-blind readers?’

The Why Axis | ‘Why I left the Washington Post: Let’s make data fun again’

Eager Eyes | ‘When the Wrong Chart Is the Right Choice’

Learning & Development

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

Clever Franke | Detailed study about CF’s work on ‘creating a central information hub for the Netherlands about the status of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the local and national measures that apply.’

PolicyViz | ‘Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization’

OSF | New paper: ‘Implicit Error, Uncertainty and Confidence in Visualization: an Archaeological Case Study’

OSF | New paper: ‘Conceptual metaphor and graphical convention influence the interpretation of line graphs’

NYU Scholars | New paper: ‘Saving Data Journalism: New strategies for archiving interactive, born-digital news’

Datawrapper | ‘You can now embed interactive Datawrapper visualizations in your PowerPoint presentations.’

@moriah_taylor58 | ‘Having trouble picking a color palette for your #Rstats visualization? Well here’s a MEGA thread about all the ways you can choose a palette!’

YouTube | ‘Navigating the Wide World of Data Visualization Libraries’ by Krist Wongsuphasawat

@eagereyes | ‘New video! Linear vs. quadratic change and how it distorts charts, in particular infographics.’

Subject News

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

Nightingale | ‘Announcing the Data Viz Society’s New Membership Opportunities’

YouTube | It is an event from the past but here’s a recording of the fascinating ‘The Loud Numbers Sonification Festival’

@dariorodighiero | New book ‘Mapping Affinities’ by Dario Rodighiero

PolicyViz | ‘The 200th Episode of the PolicyViz Podcast’ (Bravo, Jon!)

Datawrapper | ‘Welcome to the very first edition of the Data Vis Dispatch! We will publish a collection of the best small and large data visualizations every week’

PA Press | New book: ‘Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers’

Scott Murray | New book: ‘Unstuck: Javascript’ by Scott Murray

Photopea | ‘A web-based vector/raster image editor with native support for Photoshop, Figma, Sketch, Illustrator, and more’

@malofiej | ‘Announcing the results of the 29th edition of the Malofiej International Infographics Awards’ (and maybe last?)


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

Wired | ‘In the last five years, the number of data points available to football teams has gone from 4000 per game to four million’

YouTube | ‘The Simpsons’ animation has gone through significant changes, from the rough-around-the-edges style of Matt Groening’s early sketches to a crisp, clean look. We look at how the animation evolved throughout the past 32 seasons.’

@ElinVidevall | ‘This website by Scott Partridge featuring vector images of all bird species is absolutely beautiful! ‘

The Guardian | ‘‘Strauss and Collingwood were very open’: the man who helped cricket embrace data’

BBC | ‘The relatives frozen in time on Google Street View’

@waitbutwhy | ‘Comment with a graph or chart or diagram that fascinates you…’

@theBanov | ‘I love ‘design fun fact’ threads, so I compiled a lot of little tidbits about how we did stuff for ‘Chicory: A Colorful Tale’ that I’m gonna share daily here. I tried to focus exclusively on small details that most players won’t notice.’

The Guardian | ‘Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention’

The Markup | ‘Think you can spot a dark pattern? Try our quiz and see how you do’

@SarahNicholas | ‘This sign knows it has lost.’