Best Data Visualization Projects of 2021
Phew, just made it. These are my favorite data visualization projects from 2021.
Like last year, there were many Covid-related charts on the internets this year. While they are important to gauge the state of things, I found myself veering away from them to focus on other areas. I craved distraction, practical information for the times, and anything outside the bubble.
Best Atlas of Things That Are Difficult to See in Real Life
Atlas of the Invisible
Best Demonstration of a Big Ship Stuck in a Canal
Ever Given Ever Ywhere
Remember when we got to collectively take a breath to check on the status of the Ever Given ship stuck in the Suez Canal? Garrett Dash Nelson made an interactive that let you put the Ever Given anywhere on the planet for scale. [See the Project / On FlowingData]
Best Overview of Visualization Research That Is Not Overly Pedantic
The Science of Visual Data Communication: What Works
Visualization research can be difficult to digest when you’re trying to apply it to everyday work. Oftentimes, it feels like the process and findings are too specific. Steven L. Franconeri, Lace M. Padilla, Priti Shah, Jeffrey M. Zacks, and Jessica Hullman made an effort to put pieces of the puzzle together. [See the Project / On FlowingData]
Best Fresh Visualization of Soccer Matches
UEFA 2020 chart gallery
Best What-If Reopening Scenario
Why Opening Windows Is a Key to Reopening Schools
The kids went back to school this year, which was both exciting and nerve-racking. Leading up to the openings, The New York Times used air flow simulations to show why classrooms should open the windows. [See the Project / On FlowingData]
Best Use of Step-Wise Moving Bubbles
This Is How Everyday Sexism Could Stop You From Getting That Promotion
Best Gratuitous Use of 3-D Modeling to Satisfy a Curiosity
The fry universe
Best Walk-Through Showing Scale of Unfamiliar Areas to Most
Africa’s Rising Cities
Best Bat Illustrations with Traditional Charts
Bats and the Origin of Outbreaks
Best Way to See Where a Raindrop Ends Up
Sam Learner made this map that lets place a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States, and you’re taken down a path of rivers and streams to see where the raindrop ends up. [See the Project / On FlowingData]
Best Deep Dive Into How the Ultrawealthy Make and Spend Money
The Secret IRS Files
It was a weird year with many great data graphics. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2022 has for us. Hopefully less weird and sad, but still great data visualization.
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