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✚ Use Established Chart Types, Because They’re More Straightforward (The Process 097)

Unique charts and visual encodings are worth exploring, but what about traditional charts? Also, a members' preview of a new chart catalogue. Read More

Hidden trackers on your phone

Sara Morrison for Recode: Then there’s Cuebiq, which collected location data through its SDK and shared that information with the New York Times for multiple articles about how social distancing changed as stay-at-home orders were lifted and states reopened. This was just a few months after the newspaper gave Cuebiq’s location collection practices...

Everlasting pie chart

Manuel Lima goes into the history of the pie chart, or rather, circle representations in general. Despite many people poo-pooing the chart type over the decades, it keeps hanging around: We might think of the pie chart as a fairly recent invention, with arguably more flaws than benefits, in regards to the statistical portrayal of data. However, if...

Map of Foreign Students

There are over 1 million international higher-education students enrolled in the United States. This map shows where they reside. Read More

Data on loans issued through the Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program was established to provide aid to small businesses. It’s a $669-billion loan program. The data for 4.8 million loans, amounting to $521 billion so far, is now available from the Small Business Administration. For loans less than $150,000, you can download data for all states individually. Data for loans that were more...

Cases vs. testing

There have been assertions that increased case counts are all from increased testing. As you might expect, it’s not so clear cut. Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens for Axios show the changes in testing against changes in cases. So in the wideout view of every state, the more-testing-more-cases assertion isn’t so straightforward. ProPublica provided...

Coronavirus counts across Europe

Going with the shaded triangle peaks to show case counts and deaths, The Economist visualizes the current status across Europe: To assess how European countries are coping, and to monitor the danger of “second waves”, The Economist has assembled data on covid-19 cases and deaths for 39 countries, and for 173 sub-national areas for which data are available...

Why time feels weird right now

For Reuters, Feilding Cage provides a series of interactive tidbits to demonstrate why time perception feels like a mess these days. Various factors skew our perception different directions. On emotion: A busy day usually goes by quickly, but for some the opposite is true in 2020. Frontline healthcare workers, for example, know they are at high risk...

Increased case counts not just from increased testing

Some attribute increased Covid-19 case counts to increased testing. While that is certainly part of the reason, it doesn’t explain it all when you compare testing rates against the increase in positives. Charles Ornstein and Ash Ngu for ProPublica: In other states, including Arizona, Texas and Florida, which did not see a wave of early cases and deaths,...

✚ Try New Visual Encodings, Because Something Might Work (The Process 096)

Sometimes a chart type seems terrible. But you'll never know until you try. Read More

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