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The Upshot's 1st anniversary among the highlights of this week's round up

April 22, 2015

From all of the new “data journalism projects” that were launched in 2014, The Upshot is by far the one that made the best impression, when it comes to data visualization. Of course that it helps (a lot) when you have the graphic desk of the New York Times to support you, but the fact remains that many of their visualizations went viral, conquered important awards and gained lots of compliments from both the information design and journalism communities.

You can now quickly access or revisit many of those great projects. To celebrate its first anniversary, the Upshot launched today a special gallery where you can browse through the most viewed 250 articles since its launch, April 22, 2014. And – surprise, surprise – lots of interactive maps in the list!

The Upshot's top 250 articles
The Upshot’s top 250 articles

Before we move on to that, plus our usual handpicked selection of interactive graphics, a quick mention to Earth Day, celebrated every year also in April 22, since 1970. From the New York Times’ Jonathan Corum comes this recommendation: link to Stunning Views of Earth From Space, very appropriate for this always thoughtful date. And if you follow the hashtag #EarthdDay on Twitter, you’ll get a sense of all the content being published and shared around.

Let’s now look at some of our favorite interactive maps produced by The Upshot in its first year:

The Most Detailed Maps You’ll See From the Midterm Elections | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The most detailed maps you'll see from yesterday's Senate Elections
(image: The Upshot)

The Growing Blue-State Diaspora | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The Growing Blue-State Diaspora
(image: The New York Times/The Upshot)

(Via)

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.
(image: The Upshot)

(Via)

Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? | The Upshot

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.
(image: The Upshot)

(Via)

And here are the all the other picks of the week:

Mars explorer | MapBox

Partial screen capture of the interactive Mars explorer
(image: MapBox)

(Via)

Who is ahead in the polls where you live? | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Who is ahead in the polls where you live?
(image: The Guardian)

Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis | Fusion

Partial screen capture of interactive map Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis
(image: Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis)

Harvard University Campus 3D | Harvard University

Partial screen capture of interactive map Harvard University Campus 3D
(image: Harvard University)

(Via)

NYC Street Trees | Jill Hubley

Partial screen capture of interactive map NYC Street Trees
(image: Jill Hubley)

Regional shopping in Gremany | Die Zeit

Partial screen capture of interactive map Regional shopping in Gremany
(image: Die Zeit)

Toronto Intersections | The Star

Partial screen capture of interactive map Toronto Intersections
(image: The Star)

(Via)

Five nights in the life of Phineas, a fisher | Laura Allen

Partial screen capture of interactive map Five nights in the life of Phineas, a fisher
(image: Laura Allen)

(Via)

The Only Boston Marathon Map You Need | Boston.com

Partial screen capture of interactive map The Only Boston Marathon Map You Need
(image: Boston.com)

Battle of Atlanta Map | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Partial screen capture of interactive map Battle of Atlanta Map
(image: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Via)

Startup Amsterdam

Partial screen capture of interactive map Startup Amsterdam
(image: Startup Amsterdam)

 

That’s it for today’s Digital Cartography, but feel free to browse through hundreds of interactive maps on Pinterest. And we’ll be back 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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