Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… January 2021

Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… January 2021

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 January 2021.

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.

Washington Post | ‘Drought is the sleeper weather story you’ll hear more about in 2021’

Catherine Madden | ‘Journey Mapping, Emotional Waves, and Fiber Art Data Viz’

@ksituan | ‘THIS is what I was working on. I call it a “domino plot”, although I’m sure it’s already been invented:’

Cory Cone | ‘Birds and Birding at Patterson Park’

ProPublica | ‘What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Women of Color Were Shut Out of Congress For Decades. Now They’re Transforming It.’

@moritz_stefaner | Thread about the design/tech behind the new official German Covid-19 dashboard

Karim.News | The amazing portfolio of super-talented Karim Douïeb

National Geographic | ‘More than 6,000 maps from the magazine’s 130-year-long history have been digitally compiled for the first time.’

@MonaChalabi | ‘This was such a great thread about the new Covid strain. I turned it into some illustrations for people who are visual learners.’

@jonni_walker | ‘I often hear about colour coded words in titles and legends in Data Visualisation #DataViz so why not in cartography?’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘New NBA player ratings’

Jane Zhang | ‘This project is a tribute to my mom and grandmother, it explores the Chinese-Canadian identity through food.’

@WillMacNeil_VFX | ‘Very excited to share my latest personal project: D’istral. This generates a current weather painting in Houdini based on realtime data from Openweathermap.’

Andrea Giambelli | ‘Ferrari 1000+GP: Exploring the Prancing Horse’s first 70 years in Formula 1’

New York Times | ‘Trump’s legacy. Four turbulent years in the White House as recorded on the NYT front page’

The Economist | ‘Tracking Joe Biden’s first 100 days: The Economist is keeping tabs on his cabinet, progress and the latest polling’

New York Times | ‘The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021)’

@dr_xeo | ‘Your life depends on where you live’ [Translated]

Science News | ‘Explore every gravitational wave event spotted so far’

Reuters | ‘Stopping the spread: Reaching herd immunity through vaccination’

HeshLindsDataviz | ‘The Inside Scoop of Ben & Jerry’s: A look at the 98 ice cream flavors available around the world’

@infowetrust | ‘History of #dataviz is dominated by USA/France/UK for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons is people like me can’t read other languages. Here’s an emerging thread of viz I ❤️ that I can’t read.’


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

Evergreen Data | ‘Decolonizing Data Viz’

Gravy Anecdote | ‘After 12 months of covid-19 charts, what have we learnt?’

Source | ‘Exit Interviews: Aaron Williams’

Office for Statistics Regulation | ‘Upskilling Government leaders in data and statistical literacy’

Junk Charts | ‘Handling partial data on graphics’

Nightingale | ‘Earth at a Cute Angle’

John Grimwade | ‘Gray and yellow’

Editor X | ‘Designing data visualizations: An interview with Nadieh Bremer’

Evolving Newsroom | ‘Evolving Newsroom 2: Ashley Kirk, Visual Projects Editor at the Guardian’

Nightingale | ‘Data Visualization as Grief: What we gain when we think beyond spike maps, choropleths, and curvy case charts’

Nightingale | ‘Data Visualization in Parasite: Using fan art to build data stories’

d-spiegel | ‘Top tips to statisticians communicating through the media, especially in the time of COVID-19’

Learning & Development

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

Brazilian Journalism Research | Paper: ‘Journalism, Data Visualization, and Perception about Readers’ by Rodrigo Cunha

Flourish | ‘Masters series: John Burn-Murdoch’s step-by-step animated line chart’

@pop_rebeca | Data vis video discussion about ‘the biggest trends of 2020, and trends to watch out for in 2021.’

Start.Me | ‘The BBC Africa Eye /Forensics Dashboard is a collation of some essential tools tailored to journalists using open source intelligence (OSINT) to carry out investigations on the African continent.’

Stats, Maps n Pix | ‘Which football team is nearest me?’

@FrankElavsky | ‘A thread on disability, race, and patriarchy in data visualization.’

People Like You | ‘Figuring out health research data: Stef Posavec spoke to Roz Redd and Helen Ward’

@AlliTorban | ‘When you’re new to #DataViz, creating your first project is daunting. Here’s how I started…’

@FILWD | ‘This is a really cool paper summarizing (with a taxonomy) existing techniques to visualize geospatial networks’

kristinhenry | ‘How big is 400,000?’

Subject News

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

Data Sonification Archive | New website, ‘This curated collection is part of a broader research endeavor in which data, sonification and design converge to explore the potential of sound in complementing other modes of representation and broadening the publics of data.’

Unfolded | ‘Introducing Unfolded Studio – The Platform for Geospatial Analytics’

@opennews | ‘We’ve just launched a speaker rider for meaningfully inclusive events with @puddingviz’

@SarahNRodriquez | ‘Data Literacy has been a topic I’ve long spoken about. Evolving from enabling organizations, to advocating for many who lack education. Today I announce my website’


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

@Datawrapper | ‘We think it’s save to say that humanity spent more time in 2020 than ever before looking at #dataviz…’

It’s Nice That | ‘The Burger King rebrand celebrates its design history and irreverent personality’

Dezeen | ‘This week a pink seesaw installation on the US-Mexico border was named Design of the Year’

The Fashion Ball | ’40 Designers That Thought About Every Single Detail’ (these sites are usually clickbait junk but I’m excepting this one)

@wblut | ‘While working at home (or living at work) I occasionally press play on an open Processing sketch. Still very much in love with these.’

New York Times | ‘The Year in Illustration 2020’

The Guardian | ‘If the aliens lay eggs how does that affect architecture? Sci-fi writers on how they build their worlds’

@HelenGradwell | ‘Anyone want a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom house designed for living?!’

@presentcorrect | ‘In 1773 Johann David Steingruber created a complete alphabet of mythical letter shaped buildings & their floorplans.’

It’s Nice That | ‘Vic Reeves and Yinka Ilori share insights to their creative process and studios in fun Samsung ads’

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