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A huge selection of interactive graphics in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

July 25, 2012

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.

English

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

London 2012 - 100 athletes to watch [Interactive]
(image: Jennifer O'Mahony and Conrad Quilty-Harper | The Telegraph)

Hard to beat: longest held athletic records | The Telegraph

Check out the longest held athletic records
(image: Caroline Dewar| The Telegraph)

London 2012 Olympics – How the skies will be protected | The Guardian

London 2012 Olympics - an interactive guide to how the skies will be protected
(image: The Guardian)

Team GB: ‘Plastic Brits’ – where do they come from? | The Telegraph

Team GB 'Plastic Brits' - where do they come from [Interactive]
(image: Andrew Blenkinsop, David Kinross | The Telegraph)

Olympics 2012: Team GB athletes’ diets | The Telegraph

Olympics 2012 Team GB athletes' diets, an Interactive graphic by The Telegraph
(image: David Kinross | The Telegraph)

London 2012 Olympics: venue guide | The Telegraph

London 2012 Olympics venue guide, an Interactive graphic by The Telegraph
(image: Mark Oliver, Jennifer O'Mahony and Dan Palmer | The Telegraph)

London 2012 Olympics – Full Schedule | BBC News

London 2012 Olympics - Full Schedule, from the BBC)
(image: BBC)

Are you over the hill for Olympic sports?| The Washington Post

Are you over the hill for Olympic sports, Interactive by The Washington Post
(graphic: Kat Downs, Bonnie Berkowitz and Todd Lindeman | 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

The Politics behind the Olympic Games [Interactive], by CNNMéxico
(image: Lizeth Mares | CNN Mexico)

Usain Bolt | Terra Chile

Usain Bolt [Interactive], by Terra (Chile)
(image: Terra )

Spanish athletes in London 2012 | La Informacion (Spain)

Spanish athletes in London 2012 [Interactive], by La Informacion (Spain)
(image: La Informacion)

London 2012: Olympic HQs | 20 Minutos (Spain)

London 2012 Olympic HQs, an Interactive graphic by 20minutos.es (Spain)
(image: Carlos Gámez | 20minutos.es)

The History of the Olympic Games  | 20 Minutos (Spain)

The History of the Olympic Games, an Interactive graphic by 20minutos.es (Spain)
(image: Carlos Gámez | 20minutos.es)

The Olympic Park | Marca (Spain)

The Olympic Park, an Interactive graphic by 20minutos.es (Spain)
(image: Marca)

Which Olympic athlete are you? | BBC  Spain

London 2012 - which Olympic athlete are you - Interactive graphic by BBC Spain
(image: BBC Spain)

Brazil

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

Olympic sports, [Interactive], by O Globo (Brazil)
(image: Mariana Castro and Thiago Cruz; texts: Igor Gonçalves and Marcelo Alves | O Globo)

The Olympic Athletes | O Globo

The Olympic Athletes [Interactive], by O Globo (Brazil)
(image: Mariana Castro; texts: Marcelo Alves and Luiz Filipe Barboza | O Globo)

The Evolution of Olympic records | O Globo

The Evolution of Olympic records, an Interactive graphic by O Globo (Brazil)
(image: Daniel Lima | O Globo)

History and Evolution of the Games | O Globo

History and Evolution of the Games [Interactive], by o Globo (Brazil)
(image and development: Marcelo Coimbra, Thiago Cruz and Gustavo Saraiva; text: Luiz Filipe Barboza; edition: Gabriela Allegro | O Globo)

Inside Stratford Olympic Park | Revista Época

Inside Stratford Olympic Park, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Época)

The Distance to the Olympic Gold | Revista Época

The Path to the Olympic Gold, by Revista Época (Brazil)
(infographic: Marco Vergotti and Gerardo Rodriguez; Text: Marcelo Moura | Época)

The stages of the Olympic dream| Revista Época

The stages of the Olympic dream, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Marco Vergotti, Pedro Schimidt, Luiz Salomão, Gerson Mora, Gerardo Rodriguez; texto: Rogério Simões | Época)

Brazil and the Olympics | Revista Época

Brazil and the Olympics, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Erik Scaranello, Gerardo Rodriguez and Renato Tanigawa; text: Rafael Ciscati | Época)

Olympic Sports Timeline | Revista Época

Olympic Sports Timeline, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Época)

The Evolution of the Olympic Mascots | Revista Época

The Evolution of the Olympic Mascots, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Gerardo Rodriguez and Renato Tanigawa; text: Rafael Ciscati | Época)

The Olympic Medals | Revista Época

The Olympic Medals, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Erik Scaranello, Gerardo Rodriguez and Renato Tanigawa; text: Rafael Ciscati | Época)

The Olympics across the UK | Revista Época

The Olympics across the UK, an Interactive graphic by Revista Época (Brazil)
(image: Época)

Choose your favorite athlete | Terra Brasil

Choose your favorite athlete , an Interactive graphic by Terra Brasil
(image: Terra Brasil)

What happened to the players of the Brazilian Olympic soccer team of 1988 | Terra Brasil

What happened to the 'Silver Team' of 1988, by Terra Brasil
(image: Terra)

The Top athletes in London 2012 |  iG

Os maiores atletas brasileiros e estrangeiros em Londres
(imagem: IG)

The Olympic Torch | Superesportes

The Olympic Torch, by Superesportes
(image: Superesportes)

 

Olympics Medals | Superesporte

Olympics Medals, an interactive graphic by  Superesporte (Brazil)
(image: Superesporte)

 

The History of the Olympics | Folha de São Paulo

The History of the Olympics, an Interactive graphic by Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
(image: Folha de São Paulo)

Olympic Census | Folha de São Paulo

Olympic Census, an Interactive graphic by Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
(image: Folha de São Paulo)

Brazilian athletes: looking for Rio-2016 | Folha de São Paulo

Brazilian athletes: looking for Rio-2016, an Interactive graphic by Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
(image: Folha de SP)

All the Olympics medals | UOL

All the Olympics medals [Interactive], by UOL (Brazil)
(image: UOL)

The Olympic Torch | UOL

The Olympic Torch, an interactive graphic by UOL (Brazil)
(image: UOL)

Athlete’s Limits | UOL

Athlete's Limits, interactive graphic by UOL Brazil
(image: UOL)

Olympic Promises Series | Estadão

Olympic Promises Series, an Interactive graphic series by Estadão (Brazil)
(image: Estadão)

 

The history of the Olympics | Estadão

The history of the Olympics, an Interactive graphic by Estadão (Brazil)

(image: 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.

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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