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  • Sonja Kuijpers used abstract imagery to represent some sobering numbers: You might be wondering what you are viewing here. This landscape, each element in it represents a person who committed suicide in the Netherlands in the year 2017. The cityscape leads into more traditional views,......

  • For The New York Times, Kevin Roose on the possibility of machines becoming your boss: The goal of automation has always been efficiency, but in this new kind of workplace, A.I. sees humanity itself as the thing to be optimized. Amazon uses complex algorithms to......

  • Ben Fry using the “tropiest of design tropes”, describes his goals for visualization. On communication: Communication is the most basic part: the table stakes of information design. If the piece doesn’t communicate, then it’s useless. A lot of time, attention, and effort goes into creating......

  • This month, we explored the concept of brand in data storytelling and received an enthusiastic response with fifty-eight exercises in re-branding an example graph. Brands represented spanned consumer products (Ben & Jerry’s, Coca-Cola, Lego, Guinness), restaurants (Chipotle, Subway, McDonald’s), retailers (Target, Whole Foods, IKEA), specialty......

  • You may not be aware that we’re organizing the Visualization for Communication (VisComm) workshop at VIS again this year. That’s why we’ve decided to push back the deadline to July 15, so you can submit all your amazing research papers, position papers, posters, and visual......

  • You know those sped up videos where there’s a long line for something and someone walks the length of it? The New York Times did the scrolly equivalent for the recent Hong Kong protest, using snaps from aerial video and stringing them together geographically. A......

  • 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 April 2019. Visualisations & Infographics Covering latest visualisation, infographic......

  • After you’ve made your carefully designed data graphics, you probably want to share them online at some point. This is how I do it. Read More...

  • A small discrepancy in a couple of shapefiles led to a misclassification of land. Wealthy investors are taking advantage. For ProPublica, Jeff Ernsthausen and Justin Elliott: They have President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul law to thank. The new law has a provision meant to......