The Moksha Roundup
Issue #28, August 9 - August 15, 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 Kontinentalist, USA Facts, Bloomberg, and others! If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:
For Kontinentalist, the Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong Research Team have drawn attention to the Hong Kong detention system that often detains immigrants for long periods in poor conditions.
They combine a map, a stacked bar graph, and various illustrations to show what type of immigrants are in custody, where they are, for how long, and in what conditions.Visit the piece →
For this piece, a group of Bloomberg journalists has analyzed which states are more susceptible to elected officials interfering with election results. Paul Murray, Allison McCartney, and Mira Rojanasakul are responsible for the graphics in this article.
The results are displayed using pies and dots (but not in traditional pie charts and dot charts). The pies use three colors to identify how easy it is to vote in a given state, how reliable and secure ballot votes are, and the likelihood of local politicians respecting the outcome.Visit the piece →
USA Facts has visualized how households of different ages spend their money and the impact of inflation on their budget.
The report incorporates animated Voronoi treemaps that break down the expenses of Americans ages 22 to 85+ and how the prices for gasoline, rent, and other essentials have changed between June 2021 and July 2022.Visit the piece →
By The Washington Post
NYT columnist Catherine Rampell and photographer Matthew Busch give readers an inside look at how an IRS office in Austin, TX operates to process tax returns.
The piece uses photography and scroll-linked interactions to display how current policies, outdated technology, manual processes, and paper-based systems make it hard to streamline tax refunds and correct mistakes on tax forms. The story does a great job of highlighting elements in each image and explaining the process, step by step, visually.Visit the piece →
By Mike Barber's Student
Michael Jay Barber, associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, tasked his students with designing a data visualization for class, and this one delivered.
The chart includes a well-placed annotation, descriptive title, and an effective use of color (see Storytelling with Data) to deliver its point well.Visit the piece →
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