Data Viz of the Week

Data Viz of the Week

I found this chart from the NYT helpful to understand the coronavirus in context: comparing it to other diseases on fatality and average number of people infected by each sick person.

“In an effort to make the ongoing effects of climate change more visible, needleworkers around the globe are creating temperature blankets and scarves that track local weather patterns.” – From

Ever curious what a 9-billion pixel image looks like? Click on this one.  You can zoom in 9 times, and if you’ve got time you’ll be able to count 84 million stars. This is one to show your kids. Via Seth Godin.

Final deliverables should have more hand-drawn charts with no data.

Check out this link for the full graphic: The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World. How much better is this graphic than just a list?

Our family is going to East Africa this summer, and I just ordered Weep Not, Child (Kenya) and A Cowrie of Hope (Zambia.)

Politico provided an unlabeled map and asked registered U.S. voters to put a dot on Iran.

Only 28% correctly located the country. I’ve seen statistics about geographic ignorance before, but usually you just get the percentage. The map makes a more powerful statement.

The NYT used satellite imagery for a story on a decade of urban transformation.

The Museo del Prado has teamed up with the World Wildlife Foundation to update several of its paintings to reflect the impact of climate change.

One of my favorite things about living in NYC is walking down the street and hearing a language that I don’t even recognize being spoken. Click here for a zoomable map. Source: The Endangered Language Alliance

Nepal fact of the day: There are 700 speakers globally of Seke, an indigenous language of Nepal.  100 of those speakers live in NYC.

A beautiful piece of visual journalism by the New York Times on the iconic NYC subway map, which should get the Nobel Prize for Graphic Design. The designer of the map rode every subway line with his eyes closed to get a feel for the curves in the tracks! This story is worth three minutes of your time.

Hat tip to Jonathan Paisner for posting the story on LinkedIn.

The website Information is Beautiful is out with their 2019 Awards. Stunning.

“Stefan [Draschan] does it by camping in galleries for days, waiting for visitors who perfectly match the artworks they observe.”

Some of these made me laugh out loud.

You could do an entire final progress review using one page like this. presents views with a mission: “Seeing the Earth from a great distance has been proven to stimulate awe, increase desire to collaborate, and foster long-term thinking.” Here are Dutch Tulips