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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #43, November 29 - December 5, 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 Financial Times, Axios, and the Washington Post. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Can Europe keep the lights on?

By Financial Times

Can Europe keep the lights on? by Financial Times

In this piece, FT journalists document how governments in Europe have provided heat and power to their citizens, a task which has become more difficult since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The story begins with a fixed map, which updates as the user scrolls through the story. Layers are added to the map as the story progresses, making for a progressively more complex map. The story is rounded out with a series of other visuals.

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A Better and Faster Way to Track Methane by MethaneSAT

This explainer uses prose and a series of visuals to explain the severity of methane emissions and how MethaneSAT is working to track them. The information is presented in a sort of slides format, with nice animations transitioning between states. The distinct visual identity of Gabrielle Merite, who helped design the site, is evident and makes for a nice experience.

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Richarlison, Messi and Pulisic: Three Stunning Goals Frozen in Time by The New York Times

In this piece from NYT Graphics, the team showcases three memorable goals from the World Cup so far. After showing a static image of the final moments before a goal, the team then converts the image to a 3D scene, and gives a 360 degree view of the goal and its context. In doing so, the team is able to make the reader feel like they are actually there, and the effect is quite stunning.

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High-profile Republicans gain followers in first weeks of Musk’s reign by The Washington Post

The Washington Post has put together this unique graphic to showcase how Republicans’ and Democrats’ Twitter followings have changed following Elon Musk’s purchase of the company.

The team uses a traditional line chart, but flips it 90 degrees. The decision has generated some minor controversy (see this thread for an example), but it’s hard to deny that this conversation-generating piece does a great job of showcasing the data.

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05. Creating a chart at Axios 🧵

By Simran Parwani

Creating a chart at Axios 🧵 by Simran Parwani

In this illuminating thread, visual journalist Simran Parwani walks us through the process of creating a chart for Axios. In visualizing the decline of electric vehicle sales in the US, she explains the minor decisions made, one-by-one, each contributing toward the eventual final product (which is beautiful). The thread is a reminder of the amount of work that goes into creating a single chart, and the importance of the small details.

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