Posted by: bluesyemre | February 14, 2019

The Best and worst #DataVisualizations of 2018


We reflect on some of the best examples of Data Visualization throughout 2018, before focussing on some of the not-so-good and how these can be improved.

As an interactive journalist at The Times newspaper, my job is to make interesting and engaging data visualization for our readers to help further explain a news story. Because of this, I spend a lot of time searching for good and bad examples currently on the market, to raise my own understanding of the industry and find inspiration for future work.

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite data visualizations from 2018, and others that could be improved. Of course, this list is entirely subjective, so be sure to leave your own opinions and examples in the comments below!

The Good

Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. immigration 1790-2016

First off, the winner of the Information is Beautiful award for most beautiful visualization, showing immigration in the US over time. What caught my eye about this piece of visualization was the impressive level of detail and how they’ve shown this in such an interesting and attractive way. I’m not normally a fan of music within visualization, but I think it works really well here.

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