The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Lisa Charlotte Muth
Welcome back to the 15th 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.
And wow, what a week! Dozens of people in Germany and worldwide visualized the results of the German federal election on Sunday. You all created some astonishing live-updating charts and maps (while barely getting any sleep). Thank you! This Dispatch is full with them.
Other recurring topics include the climate, abortion laws, migration and covid-19.
But even before the election, newsrooms were on fire. How does the German election work in general? How happy were Germans before the election? And how happy was the world with Germany? Lots of newsrooms already covered election-related questions before Sunday:
Most interesting on election sunday and the day after was probably the bad result of Angela Merkel’s party CDU/CSU:
…and lots of newsrooms visualized the big size of the new parliament. With 735 seats, it’s the second-biggest parliament in the world.
And of course, the classic election analysis followed a day later. Which coalitions got a majority of votes where? Which voters decided differently than in 2017?
Datawrapper is based in Berlin, and here we also voted for or against a referendum that could transfer more than 200,000 Berlin apartments into public ownership. Housing is a big topic, not just in Germany:
But politics also happened in other parts of the world. Swiss voters decided they want same-sex marriage to be legal. And U.S. parties are still trying to figure out how to redraw the borders of electoral districts to their advantage.
In climate news, we got new disturbing research, but also ideas on how to make flights and cars more climate-friendly:
When it comes to the environment, we saw new maps and charts on old disasters: The fires on the U.S. west coast, the volcano eruption on La Palma (find more visualizations about that here), and oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico:
We’d love to tell you that covid-19 isn’t visualization-worthy anymore – but while cases are decreasing in many countries (again), the pandemic isn’t over yet:
The good news? Vaccinations still work:
The ongoing debate about abortion laws in the U.S. continued to produce charts:
And we saw two good-looking visualizations about people moving this week – one by The Economist about migration that happened hundreds and thousands of years ago, and one by Reuters about migration in the past months:
And in our “charts that don’t fit another category” category, we get jobless rates, shipping, spent time and poverty in Tunisia:
What else we found interesting
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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.