Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… March 2021

Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… March 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 March 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.

New York Times | ‘In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers’

Stamen | ‘Visualizing the world’s watersheds for #WorldWaterDay’

@GRSturge | ‘Where do refugees to the UK come from? *Updated* version of my squiggly chart and updated briefing on asylum statistics. ‘

@AlexSelbyB | ‘Stunning chart by @AdMeara showing the kaleidoscopic Knesset’

The Markup | ‘We Ran Tests on Every State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website’

The Pudding | ‘The Naked Truth: How the names of 6,816 complexion products can reveal bias in beauty’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘FiveThirtyEight’s Pollster Ratings’

Reuters | ‘Covid-19 Vaccination Tracker’

FlowingData | ‘How Much Minimum Wage Changed in Each State’

Reuters | ‘Bats and the origin of outbreaks’

Axios | ‘Graphing the pandemic’

The Pudding | ‘Wine & Math: A Model Pairing’

New York Times | ‘Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road?’

Bloomberg | ‘Trump’s Ailing Empire’

@northernjamie | ‘Here’s a slightly abstract (and unsettling) data visualisation of #covid19 case rates in England’

@simon_huwiler | …and another sonification piece… ‘I made a #covid19 #davaviz using a music box and a four meter long punch card. Thats the sound of the first and second wave in #Switzerland.’

@drawingdata | and yet another!… ‘sonification of daily positive #COVID19 cases in Austria (per 100k) for the last year’

New York Times | ‘Who’s Next in Your State’s Vaccine Line?’

@AlexanderVar7 | ‘Contour lines in #tableau’

NRK | Huge, beautifully-crafted digital piece showing the effects of climate change in Norway [in Norwegian, obviously]

DuelingData | ‘Dumb Marvel Movie viz. But I like the spotlight animation effect in Tableau.’

The Guardian | ‘Revealed: the data that shows how Covid bounced back after UK’s lockdowns’

New York Times | ‘Who Can and Can’t Get Vaccinated Right Now’

The Economist | ‘See how age and illnesses change the risk of dying from covid-19’

The Guardian | ‘The race to zero: can America reach net-zero emissions by 2050?’

Washington Post | ‘Unraveling the mystery of
Europe’s uneven covid surges’


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

Stephanie Evergreen | ‘My Cringe-Worthy Choices’

Deque | ‘Testing Color Contrast in Mobile Apps’

Nightingale | ‘Hear the Blind Spot: Visualizing Data for Those Who Can’t See’

Public Health Matters | ‘Behind the scenes: Expanding the COVID-19 dashboard’

Datawrapper | ‘Which color scale to use when visualizing data [Part 1 of 4]’

Learning & Development

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

@HalukaMB | ‘Why timeline maps are the new bar chart races’

Gurman Bhatia | ‘Structuring visual narratives to feed the curiosity’

@LacePadilla | ‘Our chapter on Uncertainty Visualization finally came out!’

Autumn Battani YouTube | ‘Data Design – Building a Basic Dashboard Background in Illustrator ft. Sam Parsons’

@maartenzam | ‘Last week, I presented a making of the #SDGAtlas to the World Bank Data Lab, with a look behind the scenes and some technical explanations.’

DecisionViz YouTube | ‘Sometimes you must accept uncertainty’ interview with Kaiser Fung

EagerEyes | ‘Minard’s Famous “Napoleon’s March” Chart – What It Shows, What It Doesn’t’

@Dan_Clark5 | ‘Short thread on the technical process that went into this interactive [about Britain’s 85 hereditary peers]’

Subject News

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

@InfoPlusConf | ‘We are happy to be back! #infoplus2021 will be held online 27 Sep – 2 Oct.’

Society for News Design | ‘For the first time, we’re recognizing a World’s Best Designer in the Digital News Design competition.’

Nightingale | ‘The Future of Nightingale’

Dignity+Debt | ‘The Du Boisian Visualization Toolkit’


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

FiveThirtyEight | ‘Soccer Is Learning To See The Whole Game: New approaches to data mean new ways to measure the sport’

@TimHarford | ‘Ten Rules for Thinking Differently about Numbers’

@presentcorrect | ‘Mood Lines. In design certain patterns & lines have recognised meanings.’

New York Times | ‘A Better Way to Think About Conspiracies’

Line of Actual Control | ‘The Space Speedometer: Using some simple algebra and satellite imagery to determine ship speed’

@CraigTaylorViz | ‘A WIP involved turning some of my previous visualisations into trading cards’

@geo_spatialist | ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’

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