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The Moksha Roundup

September 6 - September 12, 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 New York Times, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Serena Williams: Charting a Career at the Top

By The New York Times

Serena Williams: Charting a Career at the Top, by The New York Times

Weiyi Cai, Lazaro Gamio, and Joe Ward from the NYT have shown Serena Williams' career trajectory on the tennis court.

The visuals help readers grasp her dominance in the sport. As noted in a chart, her career spans over two decades, with her holding first place for 186 consecutive weeks, a record only matched by two other tennis players.

Visit the piece →

02. The wins, losses and comebacks that made up Serena Williams’s career

By The Washington Post

The wins, losses and comebacks that made up Serena Williams’s career, by The Washington Post

Another piece bringing Serena Williams' career to life brought by Artur Galocha and Adrian Blanco from the Washington Post.

The duo created a timeline in the form of a vertical step chart. The chart includes ranking position, year, and age. The writers use differently-colored lines in a step chart to differentiate Williams from her peers in the tennis world, displaying the ups and downs of her career, and provide annotation for context.

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03. Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration

By Northeastern University

Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration, by Northeastern University

Pedro Cruz, John Wihbey, Avni Ghael, and Felipe Shibuya have visualized immigration shifts in the United States through dendrochronology (in an old project we just came across).

Color-coded tree rings grow in different directions, demonstrating where most immigrants have come from 1850 to 2016, creating a fascinating picture of the country’s makeup over the years. The project has an animated version of the rings that users can play.

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04. Mapping the Coolest Spots Inside the World’s Sweltering Cities

By Bloomberg

Mapping the Coolest Spots Inside the World’s Sweltering Cities, by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg, Laura Millan Lombrana, Hayley Warren, and Jeremy Scott Diamond provide readers with an expedition of how cities across many continents are dealing with the extreme heat.

The piece uses scroll-linked interactions to move the user from city to city, and a (literal) heat map for the background. Satellite images and photography explain where the hot and cool areas are in each city.

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05. New Yorkers from Canada to the Amboys

By Benjamin Schmidt

New Yorkers from Canada to the Amboys, by Benjamin Schmidt

Benjamin Schmidt has made a lengthy beeswarm chart showing where most New Yorkers live in the state.

According to the chart, more than half of the population lives in southern New York. If you want to dive deeper, Philip Bump (writer of How To Read This Chart), has replicated the chart utilizing statistics from California, and provided alternative ways to visualize the data.

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