Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… July 2020

Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… July 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 July 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.

Reuters | ‘New normal: How far is safe enough?’

Washington Post | ‘Biden calls for 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. Here’s how far we have to go.’

The Pudding | ‘Which song is more likely to be recognized by future generations? Defining the ’90s Music Canon’

New York Times | ‘Why Does America Have Old Leaders?’

Reuters | ‘Why time feels so weird in 2020’

@theshapeofashow | ‘Beautiful data representations of your favourite shows. Updates twice daily. Made by @defaced.’

Economist | ‘Tracking the coronavirus across Europe’

McKinsey | ‘The Emotion Archive: How have people around the world coped with the COVID-19 crisis?’

C82 | ‘British & Exotic Mineralogy: All 2,242 illustrations from James Sowerby’s compendium of knowledge about mineralogy in Great Britain and beyond, drawn 1802–1817 and arranged by color.’

WHO | ‘Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 response’

National Geographic | ‘How the new coronavirus surges compare to New York City’s peak’

New York Times | ‘Meet the 3 Spacecraft Heading to Mars This Summer’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Canceled Races Aren’t Stopping Endurance Athletes From Setting Wild New Records’

@philogb | ‘Hyperbolic Floors maps hundreds of floors across the world to tessellations in Hyperbolic space. The result is a novel way to look at floor tilings and their infinite nature.’

Propublica | ‘What Coronavirus Job Losses Reveal About Racism in America’

Reuters | ‘The scale of coronavirus deaths: Global deaths from COVID-19 have exceeded one million, according to a Reuters tally, in another grim milestone for the global pandemic.’

@Worville | ‘These are the passes that defined Liverpool’s title.’

@karim_douieb | ‘The number of tornadoes is on the rise. Here is a Tornado Chart™ illustrating it.’

New York Times | ‘I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing’

Len Kiefer | ‘Updated Favorite Data Visualizations: A place for us to find updated versions of favorite data visualizations’


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

Nightingale | ‘How to Create Brand Colors for Data Visualization Style Guidelines’

PolicyViz | ‘Critiquing a Data Visualization Critique’

CPJ | ‘Data journalists describe challenges of reporting on the true toll of COVID-19’

Medium | ‘Forget data science. We need communication science.’

Nightingale | ‘Re-viz-ited: Mapping an Early Spring’

@AdobeResearch | ‘Creating responsive visualizations that adapt the content for users on different devices can be laborious. How can we make this process easier?’

Spatial Awareness | ‘An interview with spatial artist Craig Taylor’

Medium | ‘Menus, Metaphors and Materials: Milestones of User Interface Design’

Nightingale | ‘With Great Visualization Comes Great Responsibility’

@mgiraldo | ‘I wrote about Aereo, the project I did for my fellowship at the #DxLab @statelibrarynsw’

NZ Commuters | ‘New Zealand’s Commuting Flows’

Nieman Lab | ‘This is how FiveThirtyEight is trying to build the right amount of uncertainty into its 2020 election data analysis’

Ada Lovelace Institute | ‘To be seen we must be measured: data visualisation and inequality’

Learning & Development

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

@abhishekn | ‘Quick thread about a mapping trick the @nytimes has adopted in the last few weeks that have dramatically improved their coronavirus maps.’

Observablehq | The workings behind a ‘Racial demographic dot-density map’

Lindsey Poulter | ‘The Process Behind Building a Winning Iron Viz Feeder Dashboard’

Nightingale | ‘Sketching the World: An Icebreaker to Working With Data’

Ahmad Shadeed | ‘The State Of Pixel Perfection’

@flowingdata | ‘I’ve been marking FD posts with their chart type for a few years. You can see all of them in one place now.’

SimplexCT | ‘Tufte in Excel, The Slopegraph’

C82 | ‘Making of British & Exotic Mineralogy’

@wiederkehra | ‘Time for a lil background on the concept process of our interactive forecast (Thread)’

Datawrapper | ‘How to embed visualizations in PowerPoint presentations’

Subject News

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

SITE | New Book: ‘The World Explained in 264 Infographics’ by Jan Schwochow


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

Hans Eijkelboom | ‘Hans Eijkelboom has been taking to the shopping streets of countless cities around the world to photographically record the dizzying sartorial diversity that is such a defining hallmark of global capitalism’

@bengoldacre | ‘We pulled together a huge team to look at how we can bring NHS data analysis into the 21st century. ‘

The Athletic | ‘There is a value on information. It is no different for footballers’

Datawrapper | ‘You’ve informed the public with visualizations about the coronavirus. Thank you.’

New York Times | ‘Reconstructing Journalistic Scenes in 3D’

@mbabwahsingh | ‘Random find: DuPont had a chart room!’

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