Best of the visualisation web… September 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 month in question has ended, 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 September 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.

@boknowsdata | ‘My new Tableau Public #dataviz shows the age and composition of the United States Supreme Court #SCOTUS since 1789’

The Economist | ‘Pressure-driven meltdowns are surprisingly common in elite tennis’

Erin Dataviz | ‘Average seasonal colors of the USA’

@JosephShaw_ | ‘New #dataviz to mark Joe Root’s 100th Test for England cricket’

Washington Post | ‘Wind ‘fingerprints’ show how Ida turned out to be a very different kind of storm from Katrina’

@jscarto | ‘The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods is *10x* greater than models predicted.’

Bloomberg | ‘Made-Up Sounds Convey Meaning across Cultures: Newly created vocalizations can convey concepts remarkably well’

SCMP | ‘Sixteen years of Angela’

@canalesgraphics | ‘Tumbling, leftover rubble reveals the chaotic birth of our solar system’

All of us | ‘A dot density map of every person in the United States. Includes the new 2020 census and 2010 as well’

@CraigTaylorViz | ‘Thread: I’m working on a new concept visualisation for occupancy data in BODs which utilises #3d “mounds”‘

Washington Post | ‘Mapping America’s covid-19 hospitalization and vaccination rates reveals stark differences across the country’

@jasontreat | ‘How Electric Cars Will Dominate Global Sales Within 20 Years’

@pomeranian99 | ‘Removing everything from a novel *but* the punctuation — to see an otherwise hard-to-spy aspect of a writer’s style’

@JZarracina | ‘Trying to visualize the scale of Kabul evacuation airlift’

SCMP | ‘Coming to the light’

@spren9er | ‘All medals in Olympic history’

Flowing Data | ‘How Men and Women Spend Their Days’

Attila Bátorfy | ‘I updated my personal site with the visualizations and information graphics projects I loved to work on in the past few years’

Scott Logic | ‘Exploring 120 years of timezones’

@JZarracina | ‘A little personal project, as a newspapers design fan: 9/11 anniversary mentions in 20 years of Sept. 11 USA Today covers’

@lisacmuth | Thread collecting various visualisations used for forecasting/reporting on the German 2021 election

@nrchtct | …and here’s another from Marian Dörk

@Mariano_Zafra | ‘The Canary Islands tremble again due to a possible volcanic eruption’ [Translated]

UNEP | ‘Data presented right drives transparency and accountability. All you need to know #airpollution’

Reuters | ‘The race to save the river Ganges’

@susierosedalton | ‘459 porcelain tiles, one for every day since lockdown began, treated with chemicals which turn blue in sunlight. Placed all over my flat, each one now has an irreversible record of the light and dark that touched it during this time.’

@Wattenberger | ‘There is so much variation in bird calls! I’m working on a data visualization of their lovely songs so we can see & compare their patterns.’

@WoollettLisa | ‘Plastic plants found on Cornish beaches.’

@x_y_es | ‘Simulation at #3D of the evolution of the seismic swarm in La Palma.’ [Translated]

The Analyst | ‘Manchester United vs. Liverpool Through Time: The Viz’

The Pudding | ‘How You Play Spades is How You Play Life.’

IPCC | ‘Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis – Summary for Policymakers’

Clever Franke | ‘The information source on the Corona pandemic in the Netherlands’


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

Clever Franke | ‘5 Approaches to Sustainability Data Design’

Nightingale | ‘Dataviz Horror Stories: Shirley Wu’

Eye on Design | ‘The Evolving Legacy of Ken Garland’s First Things First Manifesto’

Youtube | ‘Chart Appreciation: Iraq’s Bloody Toll by Simon Scarr’

Nightingale | ‘Cognitive Load as a Guide: 12 Spectrums to Improve Your Data Visualizations’

Eager Eyes | ‘Can A Timeline Pie Chart Work?’

Bloomberg | ‘The Rise of the Pandemic Dashboard’

Voila | ‘Interpreting the Do No Harm guide through a Canadian context for Truth and Reconciliation’

The Guardian | ‘Atlas of the Invisible: using data to map the climate crisis’

Medium | ‘Overlaying a grid to facilitate the reading of multiple charts in the same page’

Nightingale | ‘Asia’s data scene deserves greater attention. That’s why we are starting a movement.’

The Economist | ‘Between the lines: Our daily dose of data journalism: 2007 to 2021’

Nightingale | ‘Ars Memorativa as the Genesis of Information Design: A Conversation with Manuel Lima’

@vizwizbi | Week #300 and the FINAL week of Makeover Monday

Learning & Development

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

Tableau | ‘Towards a Theory of Bullshit Visualization’ by Michael Correll

@aspenkhopkins | ‘Putting together a thread of papers mentioned in the @InfoPlusConf uncertainty author panel today (please feel free to add if I miss anything):’

@CedScherer | ‘I finally managed to collect and group all the videos that have accumulated over the last months in playlists on YouTube’

@FILWD | ‘New lecture: Data Transformation. With a strong focus on the role transformation plays in visualization.’

Youtube | ‘In this video, Lucas Cardiell talks to Ben Shneiderman about the life stories of Ben, his education, research interests, personal life, plans for the future and other topics’

@maartenzam | Thread of ‘lessons the FT learned from communicating Covid statistics to the public, by John Burn-Murdoch’ at the Media City Bergen Hack event

Datawrapper | ‘Use our completely redesigned data upload for choropleth maps’

@splicenewsroom | ‘On Splice Lo-Fi today, we spoke with Yana Oak, founder of Thibi, a dataviz startup in Singapore.’

@AGU_SciComm | ‘Rainbow color map distorts and misleads research in hydrology – guidance for better visualizations and science communication’

Data Viz Today | ‘Episode 59: How Art Direction Can Make Your Work More Effective — Featuring Gabrielle Mérite’

Subject News

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

@jschwabish | ‘There is an updated version of the Policy Viz Data Visualization Catalog now available for your (free) use.’

Outlier Conf | News of the 2022 Outlier conference, taking place online over 4th and 5th February

@questionsinDV | ‘Questions in Dataviz is going to become a book!’


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

BBC Worklife | ‘Does doing what you love for a living come with a price?’

@AlliTorban | ‘I’m imagining what a #dataviz designer’s wallpaper would look like throughout the past century.’

Pretend Foundry | Tool to design your own handwritten font

@glynmottershead | ‘While prepping for City Journalism’s new Data Journalism MA, I’ve had a look through some of the department’s alums currently work in the #ddj field…’

@kellianderson | ‘Here’s a reel of the amazing work dreamed-up by participants in the paper engineering class I taught this Summer.’

@oilysailor | ‘Football. You have to rate it.’

The Economist | ‘How data detectives spotted fake numbers in a widely cited paper’