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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #15, May 10 - May 16, 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 ESPN, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and others. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. 1 million deaths

By Axios

1 million deaths by Axios

To show the scale of lives lost to COVID-19 since March 2020, Axios has published this piece that compares COVID’s tragic milestones to events in American history, and populations of American cities. The article also includes a chart for reference that displays the statistics over time as the reader scrolls down. The shapes gradually “consuming” your screen makes the death toll from COVID-19 feel as overwhelming as it is.

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Sports legacies Title IX created by ESPN

In this article, the team at ESPN mixes images, audio snippets, and video clips to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds. Athletes from different generations share their stories and discuss how the legislation improved athletic opportunities and the ongoing fight for equality in the world of sports. Stellar design direction and embedded multimedia make for a great experience.

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Explore Milwaukee's history through its many home styles by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Daphne Chen, Erin Caughey, and Yuriko Schumacher have put together a well-researched piece with data analysis from John Johnson, a research fellow from Marquette University. They explore Milwaukee’s rich history through the different architectural styles of everyday houses and utilize a scroll-linked map to show how trends changed as immigration patterns shifted, World War II took place, and the advent of highways influenced suburbanization.

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Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine by The Washington Post

The Washington Post staff has created an amazing database with over 200 videos to document the damage Ukraine has suffered after being invaded by Russia. Visitors can also click through a calendar and filter by tag or location to see where the Russian military has been concentrating attacks.

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05. Thunder Roads

By Joey Cherdarchuk

Thunder Roads by Joey Cherdarchuk

Data visualization designer Joey Cherdarchuk has made a story with a new chart type—lightning plots—to visualize the 2021 Formula One season. The story explains how Max Verstappen ended up winning the season and the chaos behind the races. The best part about this story is how Joey “unfolds” the visual, explaining each component of the complicated visualization step by step.

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