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The work of John Burn-Murdoch

Interactive graphics and visual storytelling from the Financial Times

June 17, 2015

[This is a special edition of Portfolio of the Week section, celebrating the 2015 Data Journalism Awards and the Global Editors Network Summit 2015. Disclaimer: Infogr.am, the company behind Visualoop, is sponsoring the 2015 GEN Summit]

 

 

Today marks the beginning of one of the most awaited events of the data journalism and infographic design calendar: The Global Editors Network Summit 2015. This year, the event is taking place in Barcelona until Friday, and one of the highlights of the programme is, of course, the fourth edition of the Data Journalism Awards.

We presented the shortlisted data visualization projects here on Visualoop a month ago, and since then we also begun to feature some of the finalists in the Portfolio categories. We already showed you the amazing work being done by the folks at Kiln.it, and yesterday we presented some of the production from another one of the finalists, the Berliner Morgenpost.

And now it’s time for another outstanding visualization portfolio, this one belonging to John Burn-Murdoch, an interactive data journalist with the Financial Times in London, where he works with his colleagues on the interactive news team to find creative and innovative ways to tell stories using visuals, numbers and other media. His particular focuses are on using animation and interactivity as narrative tools, and on using striking visuals to draw readers into stories they might not otherwise discover.

John graduated from the City University MA in Interactive Journalism in 2012, and before joining the FT in 2013 he worked at the Guardian’s Datablog where he first began experimenting with data visualisation as part of a small team tasked with quickly creating smart graphics to add depth to the Guardian’s daily news coverage.

“I’ve learned an enormous amount from my colleagues at the FT about best practices in visualisation and interaction design, and even when not actively involved in my projects they deserve a huge amount of credit for them, be it for creating our wonderful visual style guides, encouraging me to learn new skills or pointing out where my 50 lines of code could be replaced by one!”

Here are the works John shared with us, all of them interactive:

Elevators race to the top | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Elevators race to the top
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch, illustrations: Cleve Jones | Financial Times)

Premier League first XIs compared | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Premier League first XIs compared
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

EU unemployment tracker | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic EU unemployment tracker
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

Nadal and Federer: two paths to greatness | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Nadal and Federer: two paths to greatness
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

UK election results explained: interactive | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic UK election results explained: interactive
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

UK election results explained: video | Financial Times

UK election results explained: video | Financial Times
(Graphics: John Burn-Murdoch, presenter: Kiran Stacey, production: FT Video team | Financial Times)

The finest goalscorers of modern European football | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The finest goalscorers of modern European football
(Graphic: John Burn-Murdoch and Chris Campbell | Financial Times)

The danger of relying on injury-prone players for goals | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The danger of relying on injury-prone players for goals
(Graphic: John Burn-Murdoch and Caroline Nevitt | Financial Times)

Who influences the influencers? | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Who influences the influencers?
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch, research: David Blood, Aleks Wisniewska & Martin Stabe | Financial Times)

Surface tension in tennis | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Surface tension in tennis
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

The greatest men’s tennis players ever | Financial Times

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The greatest men’s tennis players ever
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

Is the early season Premier League table a good predictor of future success? | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Is the early season Premier League table a good predictor of future success?
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch and Gavin Jackson | Financial Times)

Raheem Sterling: the stats behind the star | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Raheem Sterling: the stats behind the star
(Graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

Marathon data show gender patterns in runners’ performance | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Marathon data show gender patterns in runners’ performance
(Graphic: John Burn-Murdoch and Chris Campbell | Financial Times)

Which Premier League clubs are best suited to stronger opponents? | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which Premier League clubs are best suited to stronger opponents?
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

Explore the statistical identity of every team at the World Cup | Financial Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Explore the statistical identity of every team at the World Cup
(Interactive graphic: John Burn-Murdoch | Financial Times)

 

You can follow John’s updates on Twitter (@jburnmurdoch), and don’t forget to check out the Financial Times online gallery for more interactive visualizations by the team there.

Tomorrow we’ll have more special posts about the finalists of the Data Journalism Awards, so keep watching this space. And follow the GEN Summit live blog here.

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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