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30 amazing data viz galleries everyone should foll…

Showcasing the best examples and practices, these are the online galleries to keep up with

October 13, 2014

Not so long ago, we brought to you a set of Pinterest users to follow, as an example of the kind of curating efforts many people are making in social network websites such as that one. But is that the only option, to quickly look out for thew best examples of infographics? Of course not. There are plenty of websites to bookmark, if what you’re looking is visual inspiration

Before we go any further, a couple of notes: we’re not listing graphics desk or publishers portfolios/online galleries, or featuring any individual or collective portfolio, as it would make this post immense – much more than what already is. For the same reason, we’re leaving out those social networks such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, NewsPageDesigner, LinkedIn, Flickr, and all the others where, either through personal or institutional profiles, or through public and private groups, infographics and data visualizations are collected/shared.

That leaves us with a handful of very specific type of online galleries, some of which are very well known in the data viz community, and even outside of it, due, specially, to the time they’ve been around. Others, less familiar, will surprise you for the level of dedication and professionalism invested not only on building them, but also keeping them updated. And, of course, you have galleries from competitions such as the Information is Beautiful Awards – the shortlist for the 2014 edition was just announced, by the way -, and the ones from the most popular data visualization tools.

Overall, we hope you’ll find some of these galleries useful, and even inspiring, knowing that this is just a very small first step into data visualization literacy.

Now, let’s start with the “classics” (click though the images to go to the website):

Visual Complexity

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Visual Complexity
(image: Visual Complexity)

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
(image: Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards)

Visualizing.org

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Visualizing.org
(image: Visualizing.org)

The New York Times and The Guardian’s data visualization

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website The New York Times and The Guardian's data visualization
(image: Graphics Collection | Marije Rooze)

Newsvis.org

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Newsvis.org
(image: Newsvis.org)

Visual.ly Staff Picks

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Visual.ly Staff Picks
(image: Visual.ly )

 

Now, some perhaps a bit less known:

The Life, the Universe and Everything

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website The Life, the Universe and Everything
(image: Santiago Ortiz)

Gallery of Data Visualization The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Gallery of Data Visualization The Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics
(image: Michael Friendly)

Mathematical Art Galleries

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Mathematical Art Galleries
(image: Michael Friendly)

Visualgo

VisuAlgo, a project by the National University of Singapore School of Computing
VisuAlgo, a project by the National University of Singapore School of Computing

See, also

Partial screen capture of the See also data visualization gallery
(image: See, also | Hatnote)

Circular World

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Circular World
(image: Nikola Sander and Ramon Bauer)

List of Physical Visualizations

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website List of Physical Visualizations
(image: Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen)

List of Active Physical Visualizations

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website List of Active Physical Visualizations
(image: Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen)

 

And then, you have the ones built around a specific tool, or programming language, or even those dedicated to help users interact with more experienced practitioners.

The Big List of D3.js Examples

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website The Big List of D3.js Examples
(image: Christophe Viau)

Mike Bostock’s D3.js gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Mike Bostock's D3.js gallery
(image: Mike Bostock)

Esri Map Gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Esri Map Gallery
(image: Esri Map Gallery)

Google Map Gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Google Map Gallery
(image: Google Map Gallery)

CartoDB Map Gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website CartoDB Map Gallery
(image: CartoDB)

Tableau Public’s gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Tableau Public's gallery
(image: Tableau Public’s gallery)

Visualising Data Resources Page

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Visualising Data Resources Page
(image: Visualising Data Resources Page)

HelpMeViz

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website HelpMeViz
(image: HelpMeViz)

The Data Visualisation Catalogue

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website The Data Visualisation Catalogue
(image: The Data Visualisation Catalogue)

MobileVis

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website MobileVis
(image: MobileVis)

 

As for historical data visualizations, this is probably the most organized of all sorts, thanks to libraries, collectors and antiques shops who thoroughly unveil and catalog some of the most exquisite early pieces of cartography and diagrammatic sketch works – many of which are featured in our weekly vintage infodesign round ups.

Here are some of those online galleries that we highly recommend:

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
(image: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection)

World Digital Library

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website World Digital Library
(image: World Digital Library)

The Big Map Blog

 Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website The Big Map Blog
(image: The Big Map Blog)

Photogrammar

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Photogrammar
(image: Yale University)

NYPL Map Warper

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website NYPL Map Warper
(image: New York City Public Library)

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps gallery

Partial screen capture of the online data visualization gallery website Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps gallery
(image: Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps)

 

As a first selection of hopefully many to come, we think this is more than enough. Again, please remember that, when it comes to infographics and data visualizations, there are so many sources and places to visit on a regular basis, that this is far from being a comprehensive list. Alberto Cairo and Andy Kirk, among others, have excellent resource pages in their websites which are definitively worth bookmarking.

And if you have another good addition to this list, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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