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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #9, March 29 - April 4, 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 Reuters, The Current, Bloomberg, and more. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Conspiracy Theories

By Jigsaw

Conspiracy Theories by Jigsaw

The latest issue of The Current, a publication of Jigsaw at Google, is a remarkably detailed and visually engaging piece about the prevalence of conspiracy theories across the world. The article shows how conspiracy theories spread, following a formulaic and consistent framework. Visually, the piece is aided by interactions like allowing the viewer to guess the prevalence of certain theories, collections of quotes from former conspiracy theorists, and thematically-relevant illustrations.

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02. Taiwan's Olympic Medals

By Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung

Taiwan's Olympic Medals by Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung

In their second article for Taiwan Data Stories, Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung explore the history of Olympic Medals won by Taiwan’s athletes. Using a consistent circular treemap that updates based on scroll position, the authors outline the data surrounding Taiwanese athletes and their achievements—showing when, where, and in which sports medals were won.

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The Refugees Fleeing Ukraine by Reuters

For Reuters, Dea Bankova and Chris Canipe have put together a moving piece that humanizes the tragic stories of those fleeing Ukraine. Before placing this crisis in context by showing how it compares to previous refugee crises, the team showcases the true magnitude of the crisis through 3.9 million dots—each representing one story.

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Half of Russia’s 20 Richest Billionaires Are Not Sanctioned by Bloomberg

The Bloomberg Graphics team has presented an analysis of Russian sanctions and who they reach—or rather, who they don’t. After presenting the 20 richest Russians, and the sanctioned status of each, the article shows the assets of these Russian billionaires, using images to showcase their value. The piece is rounded out by a beeswarm chart with time on the x-axis, showing the pace at which the UK, EU, and US have added new sanctions since 2006.

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A detailed guide to colors in data vis style guides by Datawrapper

This tutorial from Datawrapper’s Lisa Charlotte Muth has been making the rounds on data visualization Twitter, and for good reason. It is a masterclass in ensuring the effective use of color in your data visualizations.

After showing why and how you might include different colors in your color palette, Lisa provides examples from dozens of newsrooms and organizations to support her case. The article covers accessibility, common pitfalls, color theory, and palette documentation. It is simply the most comprehensive guide to designing a color palette that we’ve ever encountered.

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