Reference material

[last updated February 2016]

Visual Journalism: Examples of work
Links to 30 newsroom’s infographic galleries from around the globe
NYT’s 2015 Year in Visual Stories and Graphics (scroll right down for data-driven examples) or follow @nytgraphics
Good collection of work from New York Times (NYT) and The Guardian

Website of the annual Malofiej SND conference, in Spain, every Spring

Visual Journalism: Case studies
Data visualisation critiques Bryan Connor’s blog, The Why Axis

Some blogs that cover most events, work and developments:
Andy Kirk’s Visualising Data
Nathan Yau’s Flowing Data
Visual Loop

Data Journalism
Free, online resource: Data journalism handbook
Data Journalism in action: The Guardian’s datablog
Blog of events, news, resources: Data Driven Journalism

Working with numbers
Read or listen to case studies about how to handle numbers in the news – book, online, radio – from Andrew Dilnot, Michael Blastland, Tim Harford and Radio 4’s More or Less

An excellent (and free) series of exercises to walk you through the fundamentals of working with data from the School of Data.

And a blog post I wrote on how to present numbers with the appropriate amount of detail. Rounding, significant figures, decimal places, that sort of thing.

Another illustrated blog post of mine on whether there’s something more interesting you could use your numbers to show (levels of interpretation of data).

Find out for yourself what the mean, median and standard deviation of a set of data are.

Excel tips, tutorials and downloads from Chandoo

An analysis of the simple but very effective Economist chart style by JP Koning.

And if you’re writing numbers look at the ONS’s style guide.

Popular charting and mapping tools include: Tableau, Datawrapper, CartoDB, Infogram as well as several others, including the many Google tools, demo’d on School of Data.

For graphic design have a look at Canva.

Everyone should read When to use a map by NYT’s Matthew Ericson
For research, best source for UK accuracy and detail are OS’s maps. Either select that option on Bing or use Streetmap.
For more obscure and international requirements try Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
When creating maps, start with the ONS’s Open Geography Portal that allows you to download accurate geographical reference data.

A great summary of good practice when using icons is here
Source of icons: The Noun Project

Colour accessibility
Useful colour blindness simulator to check your work as you go

Designing for multiple devices: Adaptive and responsive design
An illustrated explanation of ‘responsive design’ plus more from Ethan Marcotte. Dammit, just get his book. (And think about the others in the series too).

A great introduction to adaptive and responsive design, and what it means to journalists.

Taking it step by step is a breakdown of all aspects of responsive design, with examples.

Designing research posters
While there’s a lot of advice out there, this captures the essentials well, from the Wellcome Trust.

Other reference material and resources
Andy Kirk’s tools for visualising and communicating data, books too
Data Driven Journalism’s useful resource for data journalism
Guardian DataBlog’s Data visualisation DIY: our top tools
School of Data does what it says in the title!
Alberto Cairo’s recommended reading on infographics

There are lots of people out there doing great work, but my nomination for being good at doing what you do in today’s environment would be the Government Digital Service. GDS. If the words digital, agile, iteration, users, data, design and openness mean anything to you you’ll find lots of interest on their blog. Both their digital and design principles are well worth a look too.

And if you want an insight into how the world looks to a designer?

Some of my favourite pieces of visual journalism you can find on this blog by searching under the tag example

Presentation visuals
The answer to improving your presentations isn’t to introduce infographics, one of Tim Harford’s three useful tips.
Useful, practical guidance from Jesse Desjardins here and here.
And a how-to guide from Nancy Duarte to present visual stories that transform audiences.

Think there’s something I should include that’s not here? Please let me know!

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