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New visual: A pandemic year of Trends

Interactive guide to a year in search

One way to see how our daily lives have changed in the last year of the pandemic is through search data. And that’s what our new visual project does: highlights a key trend that spiked each day. It’s built by Polygraph – creators of The Pudding – and it has some features I really like.

The visual defaults to today’s date when it’s loaded – today’s trend is online poker, for instance. It also uses the calendar view to provide a sense of which types of pastimes were trending over the year and when.

It’s the latest in a series of visual experiments with Google Trends data.

You can read more about this project here.

About Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', from Faber & Faber and a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Edited and launched the Guardian Datablog. Now works for Google in California as Data Editor and is Director of the Data Journalism Awards.

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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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