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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #45, December 13 - 19, 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 Zach Lieberman, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and others. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Atlas of Blobs

By Zach Lieberman

Atlas of Blobs by Zach Lieberman

Artist Zachary Lieberman explores his love of blobs with this fascinating project commissioned by M+, Hong Kong's global museum of visual culture. For the piece, he asked 10 artists, designers, and researchers to pick one of his blob forms and describe it in prose.

The result is beautiful blobs—some that change color as they move, some that change shape fluidly—that are observed by colleagues who provide commentary on what they see.

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Wrenching open the black box by ABC News

Journalist and developer Julian Fell, designer Ben Spraggon, and editor Matt Liddy investigate how biased algorithms affect people.

The piece includes a striking introduction using 3D black boxes. Then, using an animated sankey diagram, the authors explain how the UK’s visa program refused visas to certain groups based on flawed data that increased the algorithm’s prejudice.

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What Makes a Movie the Greatest of All Time? by The New York Times

The team at the New York Times analyzes the results of Sight and Sound’s 2022 list of the Greatest Films of All Time. Visually, the piece uses a grid that shows the poll’s results from 1952 to 2022, with clips from movies that made it on the list over the years.

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04. How Are You Doing?

By The Pudding

How Are You Doing? by The Pudding

Abby VanMuijen and Michelle McGhee from the Pudding take you on a journey to help you improve your emotional intelligence.

In addition to the illustrations by VanMuijen, the article uses scroll-linked interactions to ask a series of questions, with the first being, “How are you doing today?”. Gradually, you’re asked to be more specific; to associate colors with your feelings and think about how they reflect on your body. The piece is full of meaningful activities that empower you to expand your emotional vocabulary.

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Hidden Fentanyl Is Driving a Fatal New Phase in US Opioid Epidemic by Bloomberg

This Bloomberg article, with graphics from Leonardo Nicoletti, showcases how fentanyl has worsened the opioid overdose epidemic in the country.

Through a wide range of visuals, readers see how fentanyl is devastating communities and becoming the main culprit behind opioid deaths. In the first two years of the pandemic, deaths rose to their highest because people were isolated and didn’t have the necessary support to help them fight addiction. It’s a tragic reminder of how many lives have been lost to this crisis.

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