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How to make a data journalism animation: women and equality

This video is the latest project I’ve done with Mariana Santos. It was published this weekend for International Women’s Day — the theme of which this year was inequality. We decided to focus on some of the reasons why, even in 2014, women are still losing this particular game. Mariana and I have made a … Continue reading

The kids are all bright: infographics for all ages

When my daughter was three and out for a walk on an autumn day, she pointed at a spider’s web and explained what it was. “Daddy, it’s a website,” she said. It was a visual way to describe a word she had heard but didn’t yet understand. And information graphics and visualisations give us a … Continue reading

We need an open data Olympics. It’s not #Sochi2014

Find out how to scrape a medal table by scrolling down this piece Looking for data around the Olympics? Good luck. By the time the Winter games in Sochi are over, there may be hundreds of Olympians polishing their lovely new medals. But try and access the speed that event was won in or the … Continue reading

#SOTU2014: Visualizing the State of the Union

Just a quick post to highlight this interactive I got to work on with Nicolas Belmonte on the Twitter visual insights team. The idea is that you can use it to navigate around the speech and see the instant reaction on Twitter to each part of it — themed by geography and subject. Pro tip: When … Continue reading

Taking maps to the edge

We published an interactive map this week showing the world’s response to Typhoon Haiyan earlier this year. Click on a link and it shows combinations of the word “help” (in 22 languages) with terms around the disaster. The lines symbolically represent the flood of response going from each continent around the world to the Philippines. … Continue reading

What is data visualisation (for a non-technical audience)?

I asked Twitter how to explain data visualisation to a non-technical audience. Is it form, or function? Is it more important now to tell a story visually than ever? This is what Twitter replied. Do you agree – I’d love to know what you think in the comments field at the bottom of this article. … Continue reading

Visualised: the world’s biggest banks and the debts we owe them

Before leaving for the US, I worked on this visualisation with graphic artist Paul Scruton, a version of which has just been published in the latest issue of Wired UK magazine. The data comes from a paper published in December by the Wharton School (PDF) in Pennsylvania which analyses bank debt in relation to each … Continue reading

Remembered: the soldiers who fought for a foreign empire

I am now based in the US and it’s Memorial Day tomorrow, which commemorates those who served with the US armed forces. This reminded me of this piece I wrote for the Guardian some years ago about those who came from thousands of miles away to fight for a different country – for Britain in … Continue reading

Chart: A data journalism workflow – translated into different languages

The Data Journalism workflow was originally designed by Guardian graphic artist Mark McCormick to illustrate our work on the Datablog. It’s since found its way into talks, presentations and the Data Journalism Handbook. Now it’s been translated by reporters around the world. This is all I’ve found so far – have you seen more (and … Continue reading

Gallery: images from a newspaper

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