A lot has already been said about the role of data visualization in this year’s Olympic Games. Infographics for newspapers and magazines (many available here), challenges and competitions and interactive online tools to explore all possible dimensions of the event are being developed and promoted as we speak – and that’s the problem with any compilation you try to make about a global event: it’s never complete.
Our friends at VizWorld have been showing, since last week, examples of both interactive and static infographics, and many other sites will probably do their own selections. But we’re going to give it a shot, bringing together data visualizations from all over the world, in this exclusive round-up.
You’ll find here visualizations English, Spanish and Portuguese, most from major news sites. Just click through the images to access the interactive graphics.
One of the most interesting initiatives coming from British media for the London Games is The Telegraph’s Olympic data and graphics blog. Throughout the last weeks, it has been featuring interviews, articles from guest writers and, of course, data visualizations. Most of the English graphics on this chapter come from there, but we also recommend you to check what The New York Time is doing with video motion graphics, ESPN’series of animations about the Olympic sports, the educational videos produced by Science360 and NBC Learn, and all the cool projects involving Twitter sentiment analysis mentioned here.
London 2012 – 100 athletes to watch | The Telegraph
Hard to beat: longest held athletic records | The Telegraph
London 2012 Olympics – How the skies will be protected | The Guardian
Team GB: ‘Plastic Brits’ – where do they come from? | The Telegraph
Olympics 2012: Team GB athletes’ diets | The Telegraph
London 2012 Olympics: venue guide | The Telegraph
London 2012 Olympics – Full Schedule | BBC News
Are you over the hill for Olympic sports?| The Washington Post
Latin America & Spain
Featuring graphics from popular Hispanic sites like La Informacion, Marca, 20 Minutos and BBC Spain, this chapter is also a reminder of why we show off so many works originated from these countries on our Tumblr. Despite the common themes (Olympic venues, the top athletes, history of the games) which can’t be avoided in this type of coverage, you’ll find some interesting examples, like the politics behind the Olympic Games, by CNN Mexico, or BBC Spain‘s ‘which Olympic athlete are you’.
The Politics behind the Olympic Games | CNN México
Usain Bolt | Terra Chile
Spanish athletes in London 2012 | La Informacion (Spain)
London 2012: Olympic HQs | 20 Minutos (Spain)
The History of the Olympic Games | 20 Minutos (Spain)
The Olympic Park | Marca (Spain)
Which Olympic athlete are you? | BBC Spain
Being so close to Brazil, it’s quite natural we gave a bit of extra room in this selection for the interactive graphics produced by the country’s online news industry. Also, we do know that some of the folks working with information design in Europe and the U.S are quite fond of the colourful style that is one of the characteristics of data visualizations produced here. You’ll see works from the top newspapers (Estadão, Folha de São Paulo and O Globo), the set of interactive graphics prepared by the team at Época magazine, and several others from news and entertainment sites. This part of the selection can be also found on Visual Loop Brasil.
Olympic sports | O Globo
The Olympic Athletes | O Globo
The Evolution of Olympic records | O Globo
History and Evolution of the Games | O Globo
Inside Stratford Olympic Park | Revista Época
The Distance to the Olympic Gold | Revista Época
The stages of the Olympic dream| Revista Época
Brazil and the Olympics | Revista Época
Olympic Sports Timeline | Revista Época
The Evolution of the Olympic Mascots | Revista Época
The Olympic Medals | Revista Época
The Olympics across the UK | Revista Época
Choose your favorite athlete | Terra Brasil
What happened to the players of the Brazilian Olympic soccer team of 1988 | Terra Brasil
The Top athletes in London 2012 | iG
The Olympic Torch | Superesportes
Olympics Medals | Superesporte
The History of the Olympics | Folha de São Paulo
Olympic Census | Folha de São Paulo
Brazilian athletes: looking for Rio-2016 | Folha de São Paulo
All the Olympics medals | UOL
The Olympic Torch | UOL
Athlete’s Limits | UOL
Olympic Promises Series | Estadão
The history of the Olympics | Estadão
Again, this is not supposed to be an ‘ultimate selection’, and we probably left out amazing works. But it’s quite natural that we make a follow-up post, after the Games, so feel free to drop us your suggestions on Twitter or the comment box below.