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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #1, Feb 1 - 7, 2022

Welcome to the world’s first Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In our inaugural week, we share great visual storytelling pieces from Reuters, the Pudding, the Washington Post, and Axios. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Gender and language

By Reuters

Gender and language by Reuters

In this piece, graphics journalist Minami Funakoshi and illustrator Samuel Granados dissect how parts of speech are gendered in various languages. The piece includes a few sections where the user’s scroll triggers a new background video, which break down exactly how different parts of speech might be gendered in different languages.

The piece is a great reminder that visual storytelling does not depend on charts—this article takes something as seemingly simple as a sentence, or a word, and uses graphics and illustrations to present it in a new light.

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02. When Women Make Headlines

By The Pudding

When Women Make Headlines by The Pudding

The Pudding is back with another hit. What’s new?

In this article, collaborators ​​Leonardo Nicoletti and Sahiti Sarva analyze “382,139 headlines published between 2005 and 2021 by the top English-language news publications and news agencies in four countries” to explore how women are referenced in headlines.

Visually, the piece has it all: scrollytelling, interactivity, smooth animations, and a unified design (see: the typography at play) that intentionally reminds the reader of the very news headlines they’re reading about.

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All the Ways to Make Bubble Tea, Taiwan's Pearl-fect Drink by Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung

In their inaugural piece for Taiwan Data Stories, Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung have composed a stunning build-your-own-boba adventure. Using the inputs they’ve provided, there are over 12.7 million unique bubble tea combinations, and you can create your own!

The integration of illustration and interactivity take this piece to the next level. Users are able to use sliders and other inputs to determine their intended sugar level, base flavor, and toppings. The only problem? The article might leave you craving some bubble tea ASAP.

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Play mini golf to see how politicians tilt elections using maps by The Washington Post

In this article for the Washington Post, visual journalists Joe Fox and Dylan Moriarty employ some creative genius to tell stories of gerrymandering using… golf.

After some introductory prose and user instructions, the visitor “tees off” and sees in how many strokes they can complete holes of varying redistricted complexity. After completing the hole, the user is able to see how they scored compared to other golfers. Intuitively, holes with a higher average number of strokes tend to be geometric montrosities, illustrating the absurd gerrymandering at play.

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05. The New Normal

By Schema Design, Google Trends, Axios

The New Normal by Schema Design, Google Trends, Axios

In this brief but informative microsite, data designers from Schema Design and Axios team up—with art direction from Alberto Cairo—to visualize Google Trends data during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project uses familar line charts to visualze shopping interest for various products before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a fun, conversation-generating project that begins to define the “new normal” that we’re occupying in a post-COVID world.

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