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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #12, April 19 - April 25, 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 Axios, the Financial Times, and the Kontinentalist. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

MacKenzie Scott's astonishing generosity by Axios

Visual journalist Will Chase uses a set of green squares to demonstrate how much money six billionaires have donated from their net worth. Billionaire MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, stands out from the crowd, giving away $12 billion in just three years. This chart illustrates the small questions, like “could we use something other than a barchart?” that can make for refreshing and intuititve visualizations.

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02. Transboundary haze in Southeast Asia

By The Kontinentalist

Transboundary haze in Southeast Asia by The Kontinentalist

Researchers Helena Varkkey and Michelle Ann Miller collaborated on this piece for the Kontinentalist to explain the high costs and drivers of transboundary haze in Southeast Asia. Combining a great scroll-linked illustration, a map of the region, and various charts, they put into context the ramifications of pollution on the health of inhabitants, the economy, and the environment.

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Only 6 streets in Portland are named after people of color by Erin Davis

Data journalist Erin Davis researched who Portland’s streets are named after. Through a series of static maps, she shows that people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community are underrepresented compared to white men.

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04. Can you reach net zero by 2050?

By Financial Times

Can you reach net zero by 2050? by Financial Times

The Financial Times has created “The Climate Game,” an online game that puts individuals in charge of implementing policies to reduce energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.

Its decision-making format helps players see the real-life consequences of various climate change policies. Try playing the game to see if your efforts can help save the planet! (Good luck.)

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05. One and Many

By Alice Zhang

One and Many by Alice Zhang

This project from Alice Zhang explores how the first wave of immigrants from Asia and the ones after have shaped Asian American/AAPI identity in the United States. Stellar design direction and meaningful scroll-linked interactions make for great storytelling toward an important topic. (Also, the project was made without any code!)

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