The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Lisa Charlotte Muth
Welcome back to the 11th edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.
Recurring topics this week include the last days of America’s war in Afghanistan, the arrival of Hurricane Ida at the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in the U.S., and yes, yet again, the rise of COVID-19 cases.
First, Hurricane Ida, which pummeled the Gulf Coast. Many newsrooms offered trackers:
And while Ida made news, the fires and floods of the summer continued:
The situation in Afghanistan took another turn for the worse after a bombing at Kabul’s airport:
And there’s no denying it: COVID is back in many countries, and with it, lots of new charts. With many children still completely unvaccinated, the new school year is beginning in a state of anxiety:
ICUs are filling up again, while most of the world waits for vaccines:
The social and economic disruptions of the pandemic promise to last long into the future:
In elections news, Canada and Germany prepare for national votes while the U.S. begins its decennial redistricting:
Maps this week covered damaged infrastructure in Gaza and transit in Zürich. Charts looked at racial disparities in the U.S. and how we’re spending our time each day:
In case you missed it: We prepared reusable and live-updating visualizations for the upcoming election in Germany. Find them here.
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Lisa Charlotte Muth
(@lisacmuth, formerly Lisa Charlotte Rost) is responsible for the communication at Datawrapper, especially the blog. She's been writing about data vis for years and is excited to learn and teach.