Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… November 2020

Infographic : Best of the visualisation web… November 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 November 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.

Clever Franke | ‘Globalance World: A personalised digital world map that allows you to discover the impact and returns of your wealth’

Washington Post | ‘The political winds in the U.S. are swirling’

@helenmakesmaps | ‘Something cheeky for day 3… Drive times to Nandos!’

@maartenzam | ‘I spent a big part of the past months working on the new World Bank Sustainable Development Goals Atlas. It just went live: 17 articles on the current state of the world, packed with charts, maps and interactives!’

Nesta | ‘A map for navigating the labour market’

Observable | ‘As votes come in, what would it take for the trailing candidate to win?’

@lisacrost | This was US election month, and so rather than reinvent the wheel and link to the variety of different newsroom special projects, this collection of links compiled the Lisa does the job perfectly

@spatialanalysis | ‘Whatever the political outcome, cartography has been a real winner this election.’

Tango Notes | ‘Seeing the music – an animated visualisation’

pentagram | ‘Giorgia Lupi documents her life during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in a data visualization for The New York Times’

The Guardian | ‘How Joe Biden won the presidency – a visual guide’

New York Times | ‘How Biden Flipped [Battleground State] and Won the Election’

Washington Post | ‘Drawing the results: robot-printing the live 2020 electoral map’

National Geographic | ‘The disrupted food web of the Great Lakes’

@neilrkaye | ‘Temperature profile for each latitude between north and south pole’

Bloomberg | ‘Unfreezing the Everest Economy’

@santihpuig | Showreel of 30 maps for the #30DayMapChallenge

@SimonBeaumont04 | ‘Explore the history of the heavyweight boxing belts, how long champions reigned & their defenses of the title’

Forensic Architecture | ‘The Beirut Port Explosion’

@karim_douieb | ‘How Belgian politicians use Twitter?’ [French]

New York Times | ‘How Does Your State Make Electricity?’

@kirkgoldsberry | ‘Duncan Robinson just logged arguably the best catch-and-shoot season in league history. ‘

The Pudding | ‘Welcome to Cloud Zoo’

@martgnz | ‘THREAD: This is how the US 2020 results look by county if we scale the vote by population density…’

Al Hadaqa | ‘Pompeii: The Angry Face of Nature’

@NadiehBremer | ‘Another space project! A dataviz showing the ±3000 still active satellites per country & orbit for the “Space Wars” article in Scientific American’

@SParsonsDataViz | ‘This week I wanted to challenge myself technically, so I have produced this radial in a single worksheet for this month’s Viz for Social Good!’

FiveThirtyEight | ‘What Blue And Red ‘Shifts’ Looked Like In Every State’


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

Multiple Views | ‘A visualization research story’

Wikipedia | ‘Color coding technology for visualization’ (don’t usually link to Wikipedia articles but I know the amount of work the author put into compiling this)

MIT Press | ‘Visualizing Data To Save Lives: A History of Early Public Health Infographics’

@nightingale | ‘Data Visualization “Therapy”: Because sometimes you just need to talk it out’

Flourish | ‘New screen-reader settings to make your visualizations more accessible’

Ordnance Survey | ‘Mapping a personal journey with OS OpenData’

Richard Brath | ‘Visualizing with Text: author’s copy and new content’

Questions in Dataviz | ‘Why create an unnecessary data visualisation?’

The Guardian | ‘In a data-obsessed world, the power of observation must not be forgotten’

Fast Company | ‘We design maps for a living. Here’s who got the 2020 election right’

Learning & Development

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

@GurmanBhatia | ‘The last 2.5 months have been full of crazy building, but at the end of it all, we are excited to present the brand new Reuters #COVID19 global tracker… I want to share a quick recap of how we got here 1/n’

Fossheim | ‘How (not) to make accessible data visualizations, illustrated by the US presidential election.’

@lisacrost | ‘I gave a talk today called “What to consider when considering data vis rules” at the (very enjoyable!) SHOW conference.’

@carlbaker | ‘New: I’ve published the geographical templates behind the UK cartogram maps shared here recently.’

Stats, Maps n Pix | ‘New blog post: ‘How to make a 3D population density render for any country in the world”

@martingonzalez | ‘Mr. Scale Maker: Visualise distributions and create scales for your data, quickly’

New York Times | ‘Election maps are everywhere, don’t let them fool you.’

Subject News

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

Penguin Random House | New book: ‘The Infographic: A History of Data Graphics in News and Communications’ by Murray Dick

Jer Thorp | New book: ‘Living in Data: A Citizen’s Guide to a Better Information Future’ by Jer Thorp

Github | Details of the 2020 running of the #30DayMapChallenge

@infowetrust | ‘Introducing… VISIONARY PRESS: A new publishing venture dedicated to celebrating information graphics.’

@viegasf | ‘I’m thrilled to announce that, as of January 2022, I’ll be joining Harvard as a professor of computer science, with an affiliation with the business school.’


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

The Guardian | ‘Creativity can help to heal Britain’s divided society’

New York Times | ‘Tracking Viral Misinformation: Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online.’

@NeilDotObrien | ‘JUST ONE GRAPH IN THE DAILY MAIL – a thread.’

@dmrussell | ‘Think SEO is new? Nope…’


@blakeir | ‘The concept of being a time billionaire is truly profound.’


@kate_ptrv | ‘Scented candles: An unexpected victim of the COVID-19 pandemic 1/n’

@Laura33697398 | ‘My 14 year old son built Manhattan using freestyle Lego. His dream is to be an architect or model designer at Lego’

@latifnasser | ‘The US election is tomorrow. If you, like me, are tired of horse-race-style reporting, and need to zoom out, I wanna tell you a story…’

QZ | ‘John King’s feverish “magic wall” act on CNN defined election night’

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