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Interactive visualizations of 2014 - part I

Explore the projects that made this year one of the most inspiring in the data viz field

December 26, 2014

We hope everyone had a great Christmas! Here on Visualoop, it’s time to start presenting our favorites from the thousands of visualization projects that caught our attention in 2014. Like we did last year, we selected one hundred projects in each of those “categories”(print infographics, interactive maps and interactive visualizations), divided in two posts each. Here you’ll see the first part of round up with the interactive visualizations, charts, long form narratives and multimedia specials.

Overall, one thing we couldn’t help noticing is that this year’s overall production had a lot less to gain from the “wonk bubble” that one could imagine, apart from the job being done by NYT’s The Upshot. The new data journalism websites supposedly have all the tools necessary to do an outstanding job with the use of infographics and visualization – take for example the work already being done by the team at ProPublica, or the path The Guardian is taking, with the hire of Aaron Pilhofer in May -, so we hope to see a much active, sustainable production of high quality stories in 2015, as things settle down after the year where data journalism sort of became mainstream.

Interesting as well is the number of engaging projects by independent designers and some agencies, something we’ll explore more in the next couple of weeks; and before we begin, a couple of notes about this series.

This year, we pretty much left out special events that had an overwhelming infographic production such as the World Cup or the Winter Olympics, only bringing you a few symbolic works, and knowing that many others could be in this list; the same goes for special dates such as the centenary of WWI, or the passing of distinguishable personalities and celebrities; and you’ll notice that we have works from multiple countries, something that has been sort of a trademark of our weekly posts. This obviously means you’ll see several visualizations in languages other than English; however, we’re saving the ones from Brazil for a special post with the country’s interactive production, courtesy of Visualoop Brasil.

And finally, a huge thank you to everyone who send us their works this year. Enjoy the first part of our selection with the top interactive projects of 2014, listed below in no particular order:

How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network | ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network
(image: ProPublica)

The Guantanamo Docket | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Guantanamo: A History of the Detainee Population
(image: The New York Times)

Selfie City | Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, Dominikus Baur, Alise Tifentale, Mehrdad Yazdan

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Selfie City
(image: Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, Dominikus Baur, Alise Tifentale, Mehrdad Yazdan)

HealthCare.gov Explorer | The Wall Street Journal

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic  HealthCare.gov Explorer
(image: The Wall Street Journal)

Music Timeline | Google

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Music Timeline
(image: Google)

#SOTU2014: See the State of The Union address minute by minute on Twitter | Twitter

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic See the State of The Union address minute by minute on Twitter
(image: Twitter)

GitHub Octoverse 2013 | GitHub

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic GitHub Octoverse 2013
(image: GitHub)

Data World Cup | Yahoo! and EuroSport

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Data World Cup
(image: Yahoo! and EuroSport)

The Hobbit | Natalia Bilenko, Asako Miyakawa

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Hobbit
(image: Natalia Bilenko, Asako Miyakawa)

The life of a worker in cruise ships | Expresso

The life of a worker in cruise ships
(image: Expresso)

RoboCop | La Nácion

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic RoboCop
(image: La Nácion)

The YOLO flip | Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The YOLO flip
(image: Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

An Interactive Visualization of NYC Street Trees | Cloudred and Cristian Zapata

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic An Interactive Visualization of NYC Street Trees
(image: Cloudred and Cristian Zapata)

Drone LPG | La Prensa Grafica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Drone LPG
(image: La Prensa Grafica)

Can You Live on the Minimum Wage? | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Can You Live on the Minimum Wage?
(image: The New York Times)

Women’s World in numbers | Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Women's World in numbers Neue Zurcher Zeitung
(image: Neue Zurcher Zeitung)

Grave Science | NPR and ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Grave Science
(image: NPR and ProPublica)

Space Race | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Space Race
(image: BBC)

The athlete of 2064 | L’Equipe

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The athlete of 2064
(image: L’Equipe)

The Gymnastics venue | 24horas

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Gymnastics venue
(image: 24 Horas)

Feminine sterotypes in DC Comics | La Nación

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Feminine sterotypes in DC Comics
(image: La Nación)

477 Children who will never grow up | Miami Herald

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 477 Children who will never grow up | Miami Herald
(image: Miami Herald)

Pantheon | MIT

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Pantheon
(image: MIT)

The MtGox 500 | Stamen Design

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The MtGox 500
(image: Stamen Design)

The global education crisis | Al Jazeera

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The global education crisis
(image: Al Jazeera)

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop | Matt Daniels

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop
(image: Matt Daniels)

A World of Terror | Periscopic

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic A World of Terror
(image: Periscopic)

World Food Clock | Luke Twyman

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic World Food Clock
(image: Luke Twyman)

The NSA Spying Machine | Bloomberg Businessweek

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The NSA Spying Machine | Bloomberg Businessweek
(image: Bloomberg Businessweek)

Borderland | NPR

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Borderland
(image: NPR)

Here comes the rain again | South China Morning Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Here comes the rain again
(image: South China Morning Post)

Women in Science | UNESCO

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Women in Science
(image: UNESCO)

Millennial generation | CNN Money

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Millennial generation
(image: CNN Money)

X-Air Challenge | Al Día

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic X-Air Challenge
(image: Al Día)

Goldilocks worlds: just right for life? | National Geographic

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Goldilocks worlds: just right for life?
(image: National Geographic)

The Next America | Pew Research

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Next America
(image: Pew Research)

How Americans die | Bloomberg Visual Data

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Americans die
(image: Bloomberg Visual Data)

Scaled in Miles | Fathom

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Scaled in Miles
(image: Fathom)

Legislative Explorer | University of Washington’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Legislative Explorer
(image: University of Washington’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy)

The Shirt on your Back | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Shirt on your Back
(image: The Guardian)

Kowloon Walled City | The Wall Street Journal

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Kowloon Walled City
(image: The Wall Street Journal)

The First Web, and Beyond | Santiago Ortiz/Webby Awards

[Disclosure: Santiago Ortiz is a member of Visualoop’s editorial board].

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The First Web, and Beyond
(image: Santiago Ortiz/Webby Awards)

Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s patents | The ANT Works

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Pfizer and AstraZeneca's patents
(image: The ANT Works)

The circular files | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The circular files
(image: The Washington Post)

Congressional Influences | Bright Point Inc

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Congressional Influences
(image: Bright Point Inc)

20 years of BBC Online | BBC Online

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic BBC 20 Years
(image: BBC Online)

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts
(image: The Upshot)

Rebuilding Haiti | Le Nouvel Observateur/Rue 89

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rebuilding Haiti
(image: Le Nouvel Observateur/Rue 89)

Friends in Space | Accurat

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Friends in Space
(image: Accurat)

The Wizards’ shooting stars | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Wizards’ shooting stars
(image: The Washington Post)

 

In case you hadn’t enough, other (much smaller) lists with “best of 2014″ that we recommend include the ones at Flowing Data, the Los Angeles Times, Wired, Maps Mania, FastCo Design and Cartonerd.

And don’t miss next week the second part of this list next week!

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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