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Decline of U.S. vaccination rate compared against Europe’s

Elian Peltier and Josh Holder for The New York Times highlight the vaccination rates increasing in Europe while the United States rate stalls: Europe has plenty of people who distrust the shots and their governments, but vaccine resistance in the United States is more widespread and vehement, particularly among conservatives, and falls more sharply...

Comparison of Biden infrastructure plan and updated bipartisan plan

Aatish Bhatia and Quoctrung Bui for NYT’s The Upshot made the comparison using a circular Voronoi treemap. The fills flip between the original plan from March and the recently proposed plan, which is much smaller. It takes me back to Amanda Cox’s consumer spending graphic from 2008, which no longer works, because Flash. Tags: government, infrastructure,...

✚ Visualization Tools and Learning Resources, July 2021 Roundup

Welcome to issue #150 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and every month I collect tools and resources that help you visualize data better. This is the good stuff for July. Become a member for access to this — plus tutorials, courses, and guides.

Counting Happiness and Where it Comes From

Researchers asked 10,000 participants to list ten things that recently made them happy. I counted and connected the dots.Read More

An AI chatbot to talk to the dead

Joshua Barbeau fed an AI chatbot with old texts from his fiancee who had died years before, so that he could talk to her again. Jason Fagone for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Barbeau’s experience: As Joshua continued to experiment, he realized there was no rule preventing him from simulating real people. What would happen, he wondered, if...

How time use changed in 2020

Ben Casselman and Ella Koeze for The New York Times compared time use in 2020 against time use in 2019, among different demographic groups. As we know, the pandemic affected everyone differently. The slope charts show overall averages, so it would be an interesting next step to look at more granular variations. I suspect you’d see more pronounced...

Rate of change in Covid-19 cases

We’re all familiar with the Covid-19 line charts that show cases over time, which highlights absolute counts. There are peaks. There are some valleys. Emory Parker for STAT shifted the focus to how quickly the rate is changing, or acceleration, to emphasize which direction rates are headed. Tags: baseline, change, coronavirus, STAT

Olympic medal tracker

The Bloomberg medal tracker is fun to look at. I think the graphics desk was instructed to use as many new-ish chart types as they could without alienating readers: the streamgraph, force-directed clusters, an international map grid, line-based isotype, and plenty of bubbles. I’m into it. Tags: Bloomberg, medal, Olympics, tracker

Calculating swim speeds

The New York Times charted speed ranks during the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay. My favorite part is how they got the data, which wasn’t available, so they estimated through photos and timestamps: The Times annotated a sequence of several hundred photographs to determine the speed of each athlete throughout the race. Speeds were calculated by combining...

New Olympic sports explained

The 2020 Summer Olympics are here, so ’tis the season for experimental visual explainers. The Washington Post uses a combination of illustration, video, and augmented reality to show off three new Olympic sports: skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing. The skateboarding piece with Heimana Reynolds uses a left-right hover to move back and forth...

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