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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #18, May 31 - June 6, 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, Vox, 3iap, and others! If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

Midterm elections 2022: The issues that matter to Americans by Axios

With the 2022 midterm elections getting closer, Axios published this piece to show which issues people care the most about, grouped by congressional district. To view the data collected from around 25,000 cities, users first choose a category and a topic, and then search and select a district.

The data is also separated into absolute interest and relative interest. The project provides simple-to-follow explanations, and map and cartogram views to help users read and comprehend the level of interest in different districts.

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02. 78 Long Minutes

By The New York Times

78 Long Minutes by The New York Times

This poignant article by the NYT has put together images, video footage, statements by witnesses and police officers, and student accounts of 911 calls to create a timeline of the Uvalde mass shooting, minute by minute. The team at the NYT intentionally leverages white space to showcase the minutes elapsed between when police arrived at Robb Elementary School and when the gunman was eventually killed.

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Breastfeeding isn’t ‘free.’ Here’s what it cost me. by The Washington Post

For the Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg shares her experience breastfeeding her son for six months and the hidden costs that came with it. She first uses a graph to offer an overview of how much she spent nursing her son in those six months and then breaks down the expenses by month.

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We tracked what happens after TikTok songs go viral by Vox and The Pudding

Vox and the Pudding have collaborated on this video to explore how TikTok is changing the music industry. They gathered data to figure out what happens after a song becomes a viral hit and if the artists behind the hits have made it into the mainstream.

To make for a complete story, the teams conducted interviews with “TikTok artists” and created first-of-their-kind datasets with Spotify and charting data. It’s a great video that puts into perspective how the music landscape has changed since the launch of TikTok.

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05. How long does dataviz take?

By 3 is a Pattern

How long does dataviz take? by 3 is a Pattern

Eli Holder, the founder of 3iap, answers a common client question, “How long do you think this dataviz project will take?” in this great, visual blog post. He analyzed how much time it took him to complete 10 projects in the past. He uses one graph to show what percentage of his time was spent on each activity and another graph to display how long the project took to be completed. This is a great reference if you’re a data viz consultant!

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