The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Lisa Charlotte Muth
Welcome back to the 61st edition of Data Vis Dispatch! (Usually) 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.
Until the end of September, we’re taking a little late-summer break and publishing the Dispatch only every other Tuesday. You can expect the next Dispatch on October 4th.
Without further ado, here’s the best from last week (and a bit from the week before). Recurring topics include the Queen’s death, the hurricane over Puerto Rico, territory gains of Ukraine, and the climate.
The biggest news event in the past two weeks was undoubtedly the Queen’s death. Lots of newsrooms created visualizations to illustrate how enormously long her reign of 70 years was. (Here are more from Le Monde and AFP News.)
Lots of people wanted to show tribute and queued up for the Lying-in-State for up to 24 hours:
The Queen herself took quite a journey for her funeral procession, and many newsrooms mapped where she was and when:
So who’s next in line? Many people wondered, and Amy O’Kruk from NBC collected how different newsrooms visualized the British line of succession in this Twitter thread. Here are two of them:
In more recent news, Hurricane Fiona passed Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, leading to flash floods and a power outage in Puerto Rico:
Other big environmental disruptions reported about were earthquakes in Mexico, the volcanic eruption on La Palma a year ago and the current floods in Pakistan:
News organizations also focused on long-term climate-related events, thanks to a new study:
We’ve also seen quite a few summaries of that hot, dry summer in the northern hemisphere – and projections of where we’re heading:
In the Russia-Ukraine war, Ukraine gained back a surprisingly big region in only a few days:
Other visualizations about the Ukraine showed data on orphans and disruption to water infrastructure:
Related to both the war and climate, energy dependency is still a big topic for European countries:
From gas prices to U.S. politics – The Economist shows that it might be related. Besides that, the U.S. is heading toward a midterm election, and we’ve seen a number of charts about Congress:
In this week’s category of “other problems the U.S. has“: inequality, Chicago’s segregation, and an overview of the U.S.-American economy:
Apropos economy – two German newsrooms visualized the current inflation:
…while Politico looked closely on checks written for Covid research:
In better news: Because Roger Federer announced his retirement from professional tennis, we got a sports category again:
In our “everything else” category, graphics reporters visualized data beautifully on art, birds, warehouses, and parking cars:
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Lisa Charlotte Muth
(she/her, @lisacmuth, @email@example.com) is Datawrapper’s head of communications. She writes about best practices in data visualization and thinks of new ways to excite you about charts and maps. Lisa lives in Berlin.