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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #23, July 5 - July 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 Office of National Statistics, Bloomberg, and CNN. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. How the population changed where you live: Census 2021

By The Office for National Statistics

How the population changed where you live: Census 2021 by The Office for National Statistics

The UK’s Office for National Statistics has published a series of dynamically generated visual articles showcasing how populations have changed across the United Kingdom. It is a great illustration of the power of templated approaches to visual storytelling, with each story rendering its own copy depending on its data and its neighbors.

In addition, the story itself features powerful animations, smoothly transitioning from maps, to barcharts, to histograms.

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Bloomberg Green’s Electric Car Ratings by Bloomberg

This article from Bloomberg presents “green” ratings for the most popular electric vehicles available. A table (which includes illustrations of each car) presents important metrics like range, battery size, and base price.

Near the bottom of the article, the authors allow for “comparison shopping” to see how different vehicles rank in a scatterplot, which can be dynamically updated according to the user’s interests.

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The Shrinking of the Middle-Class Neighborhood by The New York Times

A series of photographs, maps, and charts by the NYT showcase the shrinking of the American middle class between 1990 and 2020. In particular, this story shows how “middle-class” neighborhoods are becoming less and less occupied, providing further evidence of widening income inequality in the United States.

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Wildfires spike around July 4 holiday  by CNN

This simple barchart from CNN makes clear that wildfires spike around the Fourth of July, as fires are discovered disproportionately often in the days after. We liked the author’s description: “Some charts are like great photojournalism: They tell a powerful story at a glance.”

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The staggering scope of U.S. gun deaths goes far beyond mass shootings by The Washington Post

This great article from the Washington Post visually showcases the relationship between gun purchases and gun deaths. It shows how gun violence is an enduring problem that is felt differently by people of different races, and in different places.

By showcasing gun laws, gun purchases, and gun deaths in one small multiples map, the interwoven nature of gun violence and its correlates is made abundantly clear.

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