About three years ago, I shared 37 data-ish blogs you should know about, but a lot has changed since then. Some blogs are no longer in commission, and lots of new blogs have sprung up (and died).
Today, I went through my feed reader again, and here’s what came up. Coincidentally, 37 blogs came up again. (Update: added two I forgot, so 39 now.) I’m subscribed to a lot more than this since I don’t unsubscribe to dried up feeds. But this list is restricted to blogs that have updated in the past two months and are at least four months old.
Design and Aesthetics
- information aesthetics — By Andrew Vande Moere, the first blog I found on visualization five something years ago.
- Well-formed data — Another one of the oldies but goodies. The blog of Moritz Stefaner, known for lots of projects around these parts
- blprnt.blg — Blog of Jer Thorp, who has recently been on a github binge. See also blprnt.tmblr
- Fathom — Ben Fry-run studio talks about interesting things
- feltron — Nicholas Felton’s tumblr with quick bits of delight
- Tulp Inspiration — Another tumblr, this one run by Jan Willem Tulp
Statistical and Analytical Visualization
- Eager Eyes — I think the second blog I found on visualization. Written by Robert Kosara, research-focused
- Junk Charts — Kaiser Fung finds the not-so-good and explains how to improve them. See also sister blog Numbers Rule Your World
- Visualising Data — Relatively newer
- Data Pointed — Weird and cooky, in a good way
- Effective Graphs — Fundamentals of graph-making
- Jim Vallandingham — Releases good code sometimes
- Excel Charts — Despite the name, provides some useful information for beginners
- Statistical Graphics and more — Through the eyes of a statistician
- The Daily Viz — By Matt Stiles, data journalist at NPR
- chartsnthings — Kevin Quealy of The New York Times talks process
- Infographics news — Highlights news graphics
- Matthew Ericson — Deputy graphics director at The New York Times
- Neoformix — Features a variety of his projects
- Datavisualization.ch — Different visualization work, but lately on process of client work
- Periscopic — Information visualization firm, do good with data
- vis4 — Gregor Aisch produces a mix of work
- Chart Porn — Mix of charts and graphs
- Communicating with data — Jerome Cukier from the OECD
- Stamen — Map-focused design and technology studio, sometimes open source releases
- Cartastrophe — Daniel Huffman talks good maps
- Floatingsheep — Geography hodge podge
- indiemaps — Usually on the how of maps
- Kelso’s Corner — Nathaniel Kelso, cartographer at Stamen
- tecznotes — Michal Migurski of Stamen gets into the nitty gritty of online map making
- The Marauding Carto-nerd — Kenneth Field, research cartographer
Data and Statistics
- Datablog — On The Guardian, poster of datasets and graphics
- Juice Analytics — Putting business data to action
- The Numbers Guy — Examines the way numbers are used
- Infochimps — Data supplier and hackers unite
- Civil Statistician — By Census Bureau statistician Jerzy Wieczorek
- Revolutions — Frequent statistics goodies
- Simply Statistics — The title says it all
That’s what I read. Your turn.
Very nice list. Thank you.
What feed reader are you using?
@Pau – Recently switched to Reeder for Mac
Great list, I also find DoctorData’s newsfeed good to follow for various things data related (with newsblur)
Great list, just what I was looking for. If other’s want to subscribe to all of these I’ve created an OPML file (most good RSS feed aggregators use this as an option to import feeds) http://www.google.com/reader/public/subscriptions/user%2F11609741331127149470%2Fbundle%2FFlowingData's%20DataVis%20Fav%20Blogs
[If you want to know how I created this I’ve a post here about it http://mashe.hawksey.info/2012/04/generating-an-opml-rss-bundle-from-a-page-of-links-using-google-spreadsheets/ ]
Thank you for the OPML file, I found it useful.
OPML much appreciated, thanks!
Databib is a crowd-sourced bibliography of research data repositories that is curated by librarians. You can also follow @databib on Twitter or subscribe to an RSS feed to be notified when new data repositories are added.
The link is http://databib.org.
I have a blog where I comment, in Portuguese, data analysis and graphics that appear in local newspapers:
Don’t forget Cool Infographics (http://coolinfographics.com)
econompicdata.blogspot.com has some cool economic and investing charts
Thanks for the link! Also, as a minor edit, Mr. Kelso is no longer with the Washington Post. He’s with Stamen Design now.
Oh right, I knew that. Thanks.
I’m somewhat partial but we’re trying to turn http://www.applieddatalabs.com into a go-to resource for analytics and big data-related news and commentary. It takes more of an end-user point of view as opposed to technical, but hopefully you’ll find it interesting.
Thanks for compiling this list. I’ve put together a twitter list for all the blogs on this list with twitter accounts that I could find. If anyone’s interested it’s at https://twitter.com/#!/jasonkolb/data-science
your favorite links … my pleasure to devour it greedily
Real projects from real clients … all visualized.
The Network Thinkers — http://thenetworkthinkers.com
http://simplystatistics.tumblr.com/ is terrific. The authors all have a different focus within biostatistics (just reading the blog, you might think that Irizarry is more interested in baseball than genetics) but the posts tend to be quite trenchant and oftentimes provocative.
Thanks for the list. One great feature of Google Reader is the “More like this…” exploratory feature. Whenever I get a new feed, I tend to look for related ones as well. Works great for feeds under folders (tags).
Nathan, I am super surprised not to see Jerome Cukier here – for his conference reviews, how-to’s (with code), book reviews, critique and informed opinion. http://www.jeromecukier.net/
Me too. There have been a couple of people I follow on Twitter, and forgot that I’m not subscribed via RSS. Updated.
Business/Marketing – Minethatdata by Kevin Hillstrom
Higher Ed/Fundraising – Cooldata by Kevin MacDonell
both have a practical focus
Fantastic and resource list. It makes an amazing Flipboard mag!
Here http://www.densitydesign.org/ is the work we’re doing within Density Design Lab / a research lab of Milan Politecnico where we focus on visualization of complex phenomena
Great list – a few new ones in there for me.
Surprised not to see http://fellinlovewithdata.com/ in there – definitely a must read.
Also, I know they’re not strictly dataviz, but I love seeing the creative, smart and funny stuff on http://ilovecharts.tumblr.com/
Check out our blog: 4th Estate Project. It is a statistical analysis and visual intelligence of the influence of Newsmaker and Media behavior on Election 2012.
Nice list Nathan. Unfortunately not as organized and surely with some overlap, but you inspired me to finally share my RSS feed blogs in my site:
Enjoying your book Visualize This BTW!
As a regular contributor, I’m sad to see the Visual.ly blog missing from the list.
I would definitely add http://maxdemarzi.com/ to the list. He does some amazing stuff with visualizing graph/network based data.
What about a top 7 for people with a short attention span? Also an indication of post frequency would help (high frequency blogs are unfollowable when the topic is not your day job).
So glad Stephen Few’s blog made the list. It’s a good one.
I blog about map design too if you would like to take a look…www.gretchenpeterson.com/blog !
Not a blog, but as a resource of maps it’s hard to beat David Rumsey’s site, http://www.davidrumsey.com. Probably the single leading online collection of historical maps, cross referenced and cross-corrected for some incredible geographic and historical layering.
Thank you, Nathan, for sharing! Quite interesting reads – feels great to see the progression of visualization across years from the not-so-new blogs to the really quirky ones..