Friday’s finally here, and it’s been a fun and special week for us, revisiting hundreds of projects that were featured on Visual Loop during 2013 – it was our first full year of ‘existence’, and we launched several regular columns dedicated to interactive maps, print infographics, vintage visual goodies and news related to data visualization and data journalism.
Among those regular posts, Interactive Inspiration was always a favorite of our readers – in fact, its success was the reason we decided to create other spaces such as the ones mentioned above. Also, there’s no question that 2013 was a great year for interactive data visualization, both in the Media Industry and outside of it.
In addition to the ‘Snow Fall effect’, the growing popularity of free data visualization tools (Tableau and Infogr.am had a terrific year) and the rising number of professionals sharing tips and resources – including in MOOCs – are the main reasons we believe this was such a significant year. And if you consider the number of data visualization events that took place, all the books published and many challenges and competitions (so important for young information designers to get exposure and feedback), then there’s really nothing to question about the importance of 2013 for data visualization in general.
So, after showing you our picks of 100 interactive maps and 100 print infographics (the first parts, the second will be published next week), it’s time to share our favorite 100 data visualization projects of the year.
Some of these works have been featured here several times – for example, when we talked about the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards we brought together two dozens projects selected in the Interactive category. And they were all pretty much mentioned inside the data visualization community, so perhaps you won’t find many surprises here.
But then again, we’re talking about 100 projects, so… The best thing to do is to scroll down and check out the first 50 interactive visualizations of this list.
Hope you enjoy!
NSA Files: Decoded | The Guardian
Redditviz – Reddit interest network | Randal Olson
Everything changed: JFK’s life and death | NBC News
Killing Kennedy | National Geography
Doctor Who: 50 years of time travel in the TARDIS | BBC
The 200 top-scoring reddit posts of all time | UK Data Explorer
The Comeback of Rafael Nadal | Game set map
Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project | Nelson Mandela Foundation
Behind the bloodshed | USA Today
Tracing the History of N.C.A.A. Conferences | The New York Times
Gun laws in the US, state by state | The Guardian
Women as Academic Authors, 1665-2010 | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Football Bowl Wins by Conference | Statmilk
Billionaires of the World | Bloomberg
U.S. Presidential Inaugural Speeches | Santiago Ortiz
Inventing Abstraction Network Diagram | MOMA
U.S Gun Murders in 2010 | Periscopic
Social Oscars | Brandwatch
Bahrain: Two Years On | Ali Almossawi
Twitter Company Conversations | Santiago Ortiz
Hugo Chavez | Tanea
The Name of the (Holy) Father | The Wall Street Journal
Out of Sight, Out of Mind | Pitch Interactive
David Ferrer: size doesn’t matter | 20.minutos
A Graphic Tribute To ‘Game Of Thrones’ | Nigel Evan Dennis
Personal Space | CNN
Breaking down the 2014 budget | The Washington Post
7 Billion World | Worldometers
Kepler’s Tally of Planets | New York Times
For the Elderly, Diseases That Overlap | New York Times
F1 history and champions | La Tercera
Here is Today | Luke Twyman
Film Strips | Adam Pearce
Solar System exploration history | Olaf From
Connected China | Reuters
Bolides | Carlo Zapponi
Data Journalism Books | Yasiv
Berlusconi, 20 years of lawsuits | Le Monde
The Billion Dollar-o-Gram 2013 | Information is Beautiful
A galaxy of Franchises | The New Yorker
The Ultimate Spaceship Face-off | Slate
Cannes 2013 | In.gr
Everest: 60 years on the top of the world | El Mundo
Previously, on Arrested Developments | NPR
Firestorm | The Guardian
The Meteorite Hunt | Christian Gross
How a solar storm happens | 20 minutos
How much is your personal data worth? | Financial Times
Budgets of the 668 French Ministerial committees | Le Monde
Startup Universe | Visual.ly
That’s it for the first part of this post. Next Friday we’ll release the second half, and don’t forget that you can check out all the interactive visualizations that have been featured here on Visual Loop in this Pinterest board.
See you next week!