Best of the visualisation web… March 2019

Best of the visualisation web… March 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 March 2019.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

The Guardian | ‘How measles outbreaks have spread amid the anti-vaccine movement’

Warning Stripes | ‘This weblog provides warmingstripes vizualizations for the past and future scenarios’

Flowing Data | ‘A Day in the Life: Women and Men’

@MShepheard | ‘How the [UK Gov] parties voted on the indicative votes, including abstentions’

Potsdam | ‘Fontane’s Reference Library’ [translated from German]

Interactive Things | ‘From Crimson to Salmon: What can colors in the sky tell us about air pollution?’

The Guardian | ‘Gaza border protests: 190 killed and 28,000 injured in a year of bloodshed’

Feltron | ‘The Elemental Project is an ongoing effort to depict each of the 118 known elements in 3d’

Distill | ‘Exploring Neural Networks with Activation Atlases’

ProPublica | ‘A Guide to Every Permitted Natural Gas Well in West Virginia’

Scientific American | ‘Normal Body Temperature Is Surprisingly Less Than 98.6’

Reuters | ‘How Islamic State Lost Syria’

New York Times | ‘Hudson Yards Is Manhattan’s Biggest, Newest, Slickest Gated Community.’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Is The Russia Investigation Really Another Watergate?’

Radio Canada | ‘Forget the snowy winters of your childhood’

designboom | ‘Lines of light mark inevitable sea level rise from climate change’

Migration Trail | ‘Migration Trail is the project that uses maps, data and audio to join the dots of a story spread across Europe and beyond’

Scientific American | ‘In Many Places, the Sun Peaks Well after 12:00 Noon’

Ars Technica | ‘NASA visualizes supersonic shockwaves in a new, awe-inspiring way’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘One Way To Spot A Partisan Gerrymander’

Tableau Public | ‘Who do we think we are?’

Fathom | Visualising ‘deconstructed filings from and news articles about the Mueller investigation’

The Guardian | ‘Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric’

Flowing Data | ‘Shifts in How Couples Meet, Online Takes the Top’

New York Times | ‘The Dangerous Flaws in Boeing’s Automated System’

@econdailycharts | ‘The Tories are fractured into as many as 15 different clusters, according to statistical analysis run by The Economist’

Giorgia Lupi | ‘The Room of Change’

Tableau Public | ‘Volcanoes of the World’


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

The Economist | ‘Mistakes, we’ve drawn a few: Learning from our errors in data visualisation’

Moritz Stefaner | ‘Beyond heatmaps — Data visualization for a warming planet’

Multiple Views | ‘The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures: An interview with visualization pioneer Ben Shneiderman’

Sandra Rendgen | ‘Input: Visualising Personality’ – a new series looking at the many fascinating ways in which visualisation helps to communicate complex information

The Functional Art | ‘Empathy through visualization’

NZZ Open | ‘The simple tool we use to decide what stories to work on at NZZ Visuals’

Data and Dragons | ‘Left (or right) this way: pinpointing change with hedgehog maps’

Maps4News | ‘Different maps for different stories’

Vis4 | ‘Not My Society’

Wired | ‘Our ears are unlocking an era of aural data’

Mike Monteiro | ‘Politics is the design problem of our times.’

Matthew Daniels | ‘State of the Pudding, 2019’

Data Viz Society | ‘Historical Viz Digest: Issue 1’

PolicyViz | ‘The Visual Vocabulary in Excel’

Learning & Development

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

Datawrapper | Datawrapper-hosted collective book review of RJ Andrews’ ‘Info We Trust’

Excel Charts | ‘Horizon charts in Excel [bonus file]’

Brain Pickings | ‘How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently’

Flourish | ‘How to make “bar chart race” visualisations without coding’

Slides | Maarten Lambrecht’s slides of his talk “Pitfalls in data visualisation, and how to overcome them” from #OpenBelgium19

esri | ‘Making This Map of Panama’

Georgia Tech | Paper: ‘Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization’ by George Robertson, Roland Fernandez, Danyel Fisher, Bongshin Lee, and John Stasko

Data Viz Society | ‘Teaching Viz Digest No. 1: Exercise is Good for You’

Geckoboard | ‘Play Your Charts Right: Tips for effective data visualization’

Tessellation | ‘Tutorial: Circular Sankey Diagram in Tableau’

Subject News

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

The Guardian | A decade of the Datablog: ‘There’s a human story behind every data point’

Medium | Introducing the ‘Data Visualization Society’

Met Office | ‘ClimPal: A palette creation tool by Neil Kaye’

@jeffrey_heer | ‘Vega-Lite 3 is out!’

@jburnmurdoch | ‘We’ve just soft-launched a public version of the @FT’s in-house, in-browser charting tool, FastCharts’

Google Docs | Malofiej International Infographic Awards, March 24-27 2019′

@monachalabi | Mona gives Hillary Clinton a bit of a schooling on attribution…

Amazon | New Book: ‘The Data Visualization Sketchbook’ by Stephanie Evergreen

Voila | ‘What happened when I used an inclusion rider at a data conference’


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

Peter McKeever | ‘A Call for Open Source Football’

@oulasvirta | ‘Rant: Nine reasons why I don’t believe in current VR/AR technology.’

Github | ‘Cut and project tiling’

Vessel Finder | ‘We supply world-wide vessel position data for integration into your existing software systems’

@HumansOfLate | Add hot water to this mug and it shows you the impact of sea level rises

@monteiro | Mike Monteiro on design education

The Guardian | ‘Quiz: can you identify these world cities from their density maps alone?’

STATS | ‘AutoSTATS, the First Patented AI-Powered Technology to Capture Sports Tracking Data via Broadcast Video’

StatsMapsnPix | ‘A foto da favela de Paraisópolis’

Steve McPherson | ‘Solar. Returns. 2019. Unaltered marine plastic objects found on the UK coast, 1994-201’

The Guardian | ‘The Adidas Predator at 25: the football boot that changed all boots’

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