Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… August 2020

Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… August 2020

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 August 2020.

Notes: the items listed may not have been necessarily published during this month, rather discovered during the month. Some links point to paywall items. The details shown below label the platform/site each item is published on – not necessarily the actual author – and a brief selective description.

Visualisations & Infographics

Covering latest visualisation, infographic or other related design works.

@undertheraedar | ‘Where does all the rain fail (in Britain)’

Spatial Awareness | ‘Thunderbolts and lightning, very very enlightening: 4 Weeks of Global Lightning Strikes’

Texty | ‘Here’s how Ukraine was swept by populism. History of voting since 2006’

Scientific American | ‘We invite you to explore 175 years of words in Scientific American. ‘

@samjoiner | ‘How safe it is for you to commute to work by bike’

New York Times | ‘See the entire constellation of speakers at the Republican Convention’

@FiveThirtyEight | ‘Biden is favored to win the election, but there’s still time for the race to tighten, according to the FiveThirtyEight presidential forecast’

Washington Post | ‘A vaccine, or millions of deaths: How America can build herd immunity to the coronavirus’

@DKThomp | ‘What is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?’

New York Times | ‘Racism’s Hidden Toll’

Two-N | ‘MTA Ridership Changes due to Covid-19’

@physicsJ | ‘Here’s what the Earth & Moon look like for a month from each other’

C82 | ‘Title Cities: Cityscapes based on title pages of influential antique books.’

@SCMPgraphics | ‘The global implications of the massive temperature spikes in a remote Russian town inside the Arctic Circle’

Tableau Public | ‘Escher’s Gallery: A collection of 470 artworks by M.C. Escher’ (by Wendy Shijia)

@WSJGraphics | ‘Internet usage soared 25% within a few days in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Americans to stay home’

Agência Lupa | ‘To humanize COVID-19 data in Brazil… “What if all the victims were your neighbors?”‘


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

The Pudding | ‘The Pudding’s process to go from idea to data story’

Online Journalism Blog | ‘Here are the angles journalists use most often to tell the stories in data’

Typography | Short piece about developing the Biden-Harris logo

PolicyViz | ‘On…Diverging Color Palettes in Maps’

Google Docs | ‘This is a non-exhaustive and in-progress list of people and resources in Accessibility and Data Visualization put together by @LareneLg’

AlJazeera | ‘The Truth in Numbers: Redefining Data Journalism Through Art’

@Telegraph | ‘You can cut the data in different ways but the UK sits at or close to the top of the league tables for death whichever way you slice it’

Learning & Development

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

Voila | ‘Food for the future: Advising students creating climate visualization’

@Dan_Clark5 | Short thread on the technical process that went into the Times’ piece above about bike safety

FiveThirtyEight | ‘How We Designed The Look Of Our 2020 Forecast’

Data Sorcery | ‘Wanna know how to work with layers in Tableau like in Illustrator? ‘

@moritz_stefaner | Thread about the design for the Scientific American work listed above

SAGE Journals | ‘Intentionality and design in the data sonification of social issues’ by Sara Lenzi and Paolo Ciuccarelli

Subject News

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

Malofiej | ’17 gold, 65 silver and 87 bronze medals at Malofiej 28′

Gleek | ‘Free diagram maker for developers!’

The Guardian | ‘Google Maps gets worldwide visual overhaul’

Visual Discoveries | New Book: ‘Visual Discoveries: A Collection of Sections’ by Allen Keith Yee

RAWGraphs | ‘RAWGraphs 2.0 (alpha) is coming!’


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

National Geographic | ‘The surreal art of ‘unnatural lighting’’

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