Data Vis Dispatch, May 30

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the 95th 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 immigration, poaching, and elections in Spain.

This week’s U.S. focus was on right-wing politics, from anti-trans legislation to book bans to January 6 prosecutions:

The Wall Street Journal: Bills Restricting Care for Trans Teens Skyrocket, May 23
FiveThirtyEight: Over 100 Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Passed In The Last Five Years — Half Of Them This Year, May 25
The Washington Post: Objection to sexual, LGBTQ content propels spike in book challenges, May 23
CNN: The Uvalde massacre: What a failure to respond looks like, May 24
FiveThirtyEight: The Rise, Fall And Potential Resurrection Of Ron DeSantis, May 24
The Wall Street Journal: Jan. 6 Capitol Attack: The Rioters’ Legal Reckoning, Visualized, May 28

And in short-term problems, a debt crisis still looms:

Bloomberg: Debt-Ceiling Fear Sends Yields on At Risk T-Bills Above 7%, May 24
CNN: McCarthy faces key test ahead of House vote on debt limit deal, May 30
South China Morning Post: America’s debt: what US$31 trillion looks like, May 29

In Germany and the U.K., it’s been a year of record immigration

ZEIT Online: Die Millionen, die kamen, May 30
Financial Times: Britain’s record-high immigration — in charts, May 25

… in part due to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine:

The Economist: Russia’s missile attacks on Ukraine have been ineffective, May 26

Three charts looked at housing prices, segregation, and social arrangements:

The Washington Post: Are home prices falling? See what it’s like in your area, May 23
Financial Times: Britain is not America — and the right shouldn’t forget it, May 26
FlowingData: All the Household Types in the U.S., May 23

In environmental topics, it was a week for visualizing personal footprints

BBC: France bans short-haul flights to cut carbon emissions, May 23
Le Monde: Combien d’électricité consommons-nous et comment réduire nos factures ?, May 26

… and illegal fishing and hunting:

The Washington Post: A boat went dark. Finding it could help save the world’s fish, May 24 (Tweet)
National Geographic: “In the Congo Basin tens of millions of animals are hunted each year, some illegally in protected areas. Wild meat is a food and income source for communities that trade along routes connecting forests with villages and cities,” May 24 (Article, Tweet)

Other charts and maps covered everything from declining press freedoms to shorter baseball games:

Tanya Lomskaya: “Ok, there are lots of beautiful vizes in this #MakeoverMonday challenge already, but could I ignore such a topic? Press being oppressed,” May 23 (Tweet)
The Wall Street Journal: See How Ticks and Mosquitoes Are Carrying Diseases to More of the U.S., May 26
Le Monde: Le Japon, poussé à la remilitarisation par les tensions en Extrême-Orient, s’éloigne de son idéal pacifiste, May 26
The New York Times: How New Rules Turned Back the Clock on Baseball, May 24

What else we found interesting

The New York Times: The Mystery of the Disappearing van Gogh, May 29
The Washington Post: Who will win ‘Succession’? The key players in the finale’s corporate drama, May 26

Help us make this dispatch better! We’d love to hear which newsletters, blogs, or social media accounts we need to follow to learn about interesting projects, especially from less-covered parts of the world (Asia, South America, Africa). Write us at or leave a comment below.

Want the Dispatch in your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up for our Blog Update newsletter!