Best of the visualisation web… November 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 November 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.

Vimeo | ‘London Under the Microscope: Visualising and sonifying how the pandemic has shaped a year none of us will ever forget’

El País | ‘The volcano of La Palma: beyond the lava, the noise and the uncertainty, the volcanologists see its skeleton, built with data’ [Translated from Spanish]

ProPublica | ‘The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.’

Bloomberg | ‘The World’s Addiction to Palm Oil Is Only Getting Worse’

YouTube | ‘Climate Canopy by Professor Ed Hawkins and Alison Smith’

The Economist | ‘According to Twitter, Twitter’s algorithm favours conservatives’

El País | ‘This is how Spain faces the closure of the Maghreb gas pipeline’ [Translated from Spanish]

@sdbernard | ‘What could the earth be like to live on in 2070?’

Github | ‘Latest versions of open access climate visuals by Ed Hawkins.’

Washington Post | ‘Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds’ – less about the visual layer, more about the incredible data investigation and methods used

ATLO | The new full portfolio page for all the previous works from visual journalism studio ATLO

SCMP | ‘South China Morning Post: a Hong Kong story’

New York Times | ‘Running Fast vs. Running Far’

Richard Brath | ‘How many ways are there to visualize the text of Alice in Wonderland? At least 58.’

@samjoiner | ‘How does Europe get its gas?’

Washington Post | ‘Toronto is home to the world’s largest lake-powered cooling system. Here’s how it works.’

The Guardian | ‘What are the raw materials in your iPhone, Starbucks cup and bike?’

@TheAthleticUK | ‘When does a goalkeeper peak? And what about wingers or central midfielders?’

@tierneyl | ‘Back from some time off-the-grid, so sharing some recent Washington Post map projects in a thread…’ (so much good stuff)

The Guardian | ‘These maps show how Republicans are blatantly rigging elections’

New York Times | ‘Meet the 3 Spacecraft That Made It to Mars’

Washington Post | ‘2C or 1.5C? How global climate targets are set and what they mean’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Soccer Looks Different When You Can’t See Who’s Playing’


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

Nightingale | ‘Communicating Climate Risk: Insights from the IPCC Information Design Team’

Junk Charts | ‘To explain or to eliminate, that is the question’

@NElmqvist | ‘Here’s the second batch of my student’s popular blog posts on #ieeevis papers (and related events)’

Junk Charts | ‘Illustrating coronavirus waves with moving images’

Storybench | ‘How FiveThirtyEight’s Julia Wolfe addresses data literacy’

James Cheshire | ‘Failure is part of the visualization process’

Learning & Development

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

DVC Lab | ‘Data Visualization Design Practice’ – publications from the research work of DVC Lab, Purdue University

Voila | ‘How an infographic became an illustration’

FILWD | ‘Teaching Vis with Mini-Projects. A glimpse on one of the pillars of my teaching strategy’

Tyler Morgan-Wall | ‘Tutorial: Visualizing Saturn’s Changing Appearance from Earth in R’

Data Viz Style Guidelines | New site from a collaboration of several well-known names in the field to provide resources for developing style guidelines

University of Washington | ‘Advancing Visual Design Culture in STEM Laboratory Groups’

Subject News

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

Bookshop | New Book: ‘Infographic Design: Visual Storytelling with Information and Data’, edited by Sandu

Kickstarter | Kickstarter book project: ‘Visualizing Complexity: Modular Information Design Handbook’ by Superdot Studio

@stuartathompson | ‘News! I’m joining the NY Times newsroom as a disinformation reporter’

Palettte | ‘Build, analyze and edit smooth color palettes’

@Worville | ‘Time for a new challenge, and I’m really excited to be joining @RBLeipzig as a Data Scientist’


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 | ‘Decaying but beloved, Tokyo’s Capsule Tower faces uncertain future ‘

Training Ground Guru | ‘Mikhail Zhilkin: How to hire your first data scientist’

@jacopocolo | ‘This tweet is for people that were hoping to draw *in* 3d and not to draw *on* 3d with the new version (of ProCreate). Take a look at’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘So this is pretty cool’

BBC | ‘World Series: The sports data pioneer who spotted baseball’s big fix of 1919’

Cookies Hoops | ‘The Joy of Basketball: An Encyclopedia of the Modern Game’ – slightly off-topic but the illustrations and graphics look joyous

@thegallowboob | ‘These are “dilation pumpkins” made by the hospital midwives to show the reality of childbirth’

@stefpos | ‘Proud personal project from someone who barely codes: I used code to make my winter scarf!’ (process thread)