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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #56, March 28 - April 3, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a 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 Bloomberg. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

Inside North Korea’s oil smuggling: triads, ghost ships and underground banks by Financial Times

The visual storytelling team at the Financial Times has put together a stunning story documenting oil smuggling in North Korea. The piece is introduced with a 3D reconstruction of a ship-to-ship transfer, recreated from satellite imagery. Throughout, the story is complemented by charts, maps, and a comprehensive network diagram.

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02. Bicycle

By Bartosz Ciechanowski

Bicycle by Bartosz Ciechanowski

Bartosz Ciechanowski has created an amazing interactive article explaining the physics of a bicycle. It features a series of simulations that explain the mechanics of a bicycle, and how it stays upright. It is one in a series of amazing interactive explainers Bartosz has put together.

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The Golden Era of Celebrity Beauty Brands Is Ending by Bloomberg

This article from the team at Bloomberg shows how the industry surrounding celebrity beauty brands has waxed and waned over the past few years. Its centerpiece is a fun and informative scrollable timeline that shows the explosion of celebrity beauty brands over the past few years, and how that growth might be slowing down.

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04. The Academic Freedom Index

By FAU and V-Dem Institute

The Academic Freedom Index by FAU and V-Dem Institute

To accompany a recently-released static report, researchers at FAU and the V-Dem Institute have put together an interactive website that allows users to explore the data behind the report. This interactive dashboard, built by Ilja Sperling, makes the otherwise complex and static data available to a wider audience.

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05. The Women of Venus

By Axios

The Women of Venus by Axios

For Axios, Kavya Beheraj showcases the surfaces of Venus and the women they are named after. The presented research shows where these women were originally from, as well as their professions.

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