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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #10, April 5 - April 11, 2022

Welcome to this week’s 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 this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from the New York Times, STUDIO TERP, the Financial Times, and others. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

How Kyiv Has Withstood Russia’s Attacks by The New York Times

This remarkable piece of visual storytelling from the team at NYT stitches together maps, videos, and prose in a scrollytelling showcase of the reasons for Russia’s failure to capture Kyiv. Maps with descriptive annotations provide important geographic context, and the videos embedded throughout transition smoothly so that the viewer understands their connection to each geographical place referenced via map.

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02. What's Behind the Baby Bust?


What's Behind the Baby Bust? by STUDIO TERP

Data illustrator Sonja Kuijpers, through STUDIO TERP, has designed a wonderful one-page infographic for Popular Science. (It was designed last fall, but we just came across it this week!)

It combines three chart types: line charts (with points as bubble for flare), connected scatterplots, and stacked circles to illustrate how birthrates have dropped precipitously since the mid 20th century, and how these declines have been felt differently in different places. In particular, each chart makes clear that higher-income countries have the lowest birthrates (with nice annotations explaining why), and that this has remained true over time.

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03. Gender-neutral names on the rise

By Georgios Karamanis

Gender-neutral names on the rise by Georgios Karamanis

A unique chart from Georgios Karamanis showcases the rise of gender-neutral names in the United States since 1880. A series of overlapping lines, each representing a name, illustrates its point through density. Although this type of spaghetti chart would usually be inadvisable, the concentration of lines around a certain y-axis point suggests a concentration of gender-neutral (or not) names.

Near the end of the chart, in the 2000s, we see a dark concentration of lines near the middle of the y-axis, suggesting that new names are converging toward gender neutrality.

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How the world’s airlines took off again by Financial Times

A nice scrollytelling piece from Niko Kommenda and Philip Georgiadis at the Financial Times takes us on a journey to show how the world stopped—and resumed—air travel during COVID-19. The story leverages two scrollytelling charts; one of a world map and one of a line chart. Importantly, these charts’ canvasses remain fixed in place, and the scroll-based interactions only add or highlight data on top of the chart, making for a nice and consistent user experience. (This story may be behind a paywall.)

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05. Pollinator Pathmaker

By Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Pollinator Pathmaker by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Here’s a topic we knew nothing about but are now obsessed with: plant visualization. The artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg uses an interactive 3D visualization to answer the question: “what would a garden look like if it were designed from a pollinator’s perspective, rather than ours?”

Find out for yourself by building your own pollinator-inspired garden, or read more about the project here.

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