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The Moksha Roundup

June 7 - June 13, 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 Financial Times, Bloomberg, the South China Morning Post, and others. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. How space debris threatens modern life

By The Financial Times

How space debris threatens modern life, by The Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger and Sam Learner from the Financial Times have put together this impressive piece about how fast-moving debris in space, created accidentally or intentionally, is becoming a threat to the region known as low Earth orbit.

They cleverly use 3D models of satellites and pieces of debris around Earth to show the magnitude of the problem. Smooth transitions, beautiful animations, and constant-yet-inobtrusive motion truly bring this project to life.

As Sam said, this is a project that changes our idea of what’s possible for a visual story.

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02. Larry Ellison’s Lanai Isn’t for You—or the People Who Live There

By Bloomberg

Larry Ellison’s Lanai Isn’t for You—or the People Who Live There , by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg, Sophie Alexander has written this article about billionaire Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, and his impact on the lives of the locals of a Hawaiian island called Lania after purchasing it. Visual journalist Jeremy C.F. Lin provides a tour of the island using Google Maps with annotations to give the reader a sense of how Ellison controls the island.

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03. Life in Hong Kong’s shoebox housing

By South China Morning Post

Life in Hong Kong’s shoebox housing, by South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post visuals team has published this story showing the housing conditions of over 220,000 Hong Kong residents. The integration of illustrations, 3D modeling, a map, and charts enables visitors to get a glimpse of what people live through in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

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04. How the seeds of the 2022 election result were sown years ago

By ABC News

How the seeds of the 2022 election result were sown years ago, by ABC News

The Story Lab at ABC News has analyzed the results of Australia’s recent election using a scatterplot to showcase which issues drove people’s votes. The chart also includes results from the 2016 and 2019 elections to demonstrate how voters shaped the ruling system and where they lean on crucial issues years later. It is a great illustration of the power of using one, consistent example to tell a visual story.

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05. Urban Scratchoff

By Chris Whong

Urban Scratchoff, by Chris Whong

Technologist and data visualizer Chris Whong has built the Urban Scratchoff, a cool site that lets users explore aerial imagery of NYC in 1924 and 2018. Users can zoom and pan through a map of the city and “scratch sections off” to uncover how NYC has changed over time.

If you want to read more about the project, read the blog post explaining how it was built and what inspired it in the first place.

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