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!
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
The Growing Blue-State Diaspora | The Upshot
Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. | The Upshot
Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? | The Upshot
And here are the all the other picks of the week:
Mars explorer | MapBox
Who is ahead in the polls where you live? | The Guardian
Mapping Europe’s migrant crisis | Fusion
Harvard University Campus 3D | Harvard University
NYC Street Trees | Jill Hubley
Regional shopping in Gremany | Die Zeit
Toronto Intersections | The Star
Five nights in the life of Phineas, a fisher | Laura Allen
The Only Boston Marathon Map You Need | Boston.com
Battle of Atlanta Map | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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!