One of the surprising things (to me) about Naked Data is that there’s never any shortage of material to write about on a weekly basis. Sure, sometimes we have been known to editorialise a bit and even venture into tin foil hat territory, but it’s never been just to fill space. In fact, over the last seven month, the list of stories that we’ve considered but got cut on Friday morning is almost half as long as the list of stories that have been included.
Why mention this now? Because this week we’ve picked up on such an exceptional number of exceptional datavizes that there’s no room to include them in the regular mail, and it makes us sad. That’s visualisations like Reuter’s take on the Indian pollution crisis, and How Much’s map of global inequality. We could have mentioned Eighty20’s simple map of The Panama Papers in South Africa, handy for those who’ve enjoyed Netflix’ The Laundromat recently. Maybe we’d have mentioned the first high-resolution map of the United States food supply chain, if we thought we’d have space.
But no, this is all selection grade stuff, but we just don’t have room to even mention them thanks to the cornucopia of data design brilliance below. It’s a tough job, this editing malarky, but someone has to do it.