Reference material

[last updated 31 October 2014]

Visual Journalism: Examples of work
Website of the annual Malofiej SND conference, in Spain, every Spring
Malofiej’s app of all gold winning work, ever
Good collection of work from New York Times (NYT) and The Guardian
BBC News Online or follow @BBCNewsGraphics
NYT’s 2013 Year in interactive storytelling or follow @nytgraphics

Visual Journalism: Case studies
Data visualisation critiques Bryan Connor’s blog, The Why Axis
A blog of data sketches from the NYT graphics department
Interview with NYT on the making of this award winning motion graphic
Visual journalism critiques from Gert Nielsen, rarely updated but good
A blog about the making of National Geographic’s infographics [NB not updated for a while either]

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 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.

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

Excel tips, tutorials and downloads from Chandoo

The charting tool of many people’s choice: Tableau (NB not yet on Macs). Datawrapper  is looking good too, and works on Macs: ‘An open source tool helping anyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes’.

When to use a map by NYT’s Matthew Ericson
Best source for UK accuracy and detail is Streetmap
For research (international) Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

A great summary of good practice when using icons is here
Sources of icons: The Noun Project and AIGA Symbol Signs

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. See it in action in the BBC’s recent iWonder guides to WW1 reviewed by Creative Review here.

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, tools and resources
Francesco Franchi on information design and data visualisation (PDF)
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

(And in case you’re hoping for a presentation related link let me tell you the secret of good presentations isn’t about using infographics. Tim Harford elaborates with three more useful tips here)

For data vis contracts
More data oriented: FlowingData Job Board
More US oriented: SND jobs listings
More academic oriented: InfoVis:Wiki
More dev oriented:, News Developer Jobs

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