VDS Digest

A weekly roundup of the visual press.


Broken Record

By Mathieu Guglielmino, Nov 27 2023

Exciting news, the issues of this newsletter will be available on visualdatastorytelling.com on December 1st!

More about it next week 🥳

The New-York Times

This week’s opening sequence comes from the New-York Times and China, with animated maps: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/11/16/world/asia/south-china-sea-ships.html Agnes Chang and Hannah Beech

3-parts responsive version:

The introduction of the visual encodings allows to better understand what comes next:

With a great coordination, war and China were also featured in Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2023-war-china-taiwan/ by Peter Martin

Visual Pun of the Week

The UN Environment just dropped a report with a cover that’s a hell of a visual pun:

The message with the “record” message has so many layers I’m just mad I didn’t think about it, and the idea is also reminiscent of the warming stripes by Ed Hawkins:

Such a strong visual is too good not to become a reminder in the overall design: Design well done!


There are some journalists from whom I eagerly wait the next piece. When it comes to climate change, Nadja Popovitch at the New-York Times is one of them, and just published a story on world-wide energy generation: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/11/20/climate/global-power-electricity-fossil-fuels-coal.html

The main grid is introduced with the title and arranged alphabetically on a printed 2-pages (here in shares): A bicolor strategy with luminosity has also semantic meaning in the context of energy (clean L:89 / fossil L:34).

Another alphabetical ordering comes from the Financial Times:

a data-driven ordering from Reuters: or geographical layout:

War Room

And a truly interesting hybrid map from the Financial Times, which success can only come from the longitudinal geography of Gaza itself (was it because of the geography Israel decided to invade the North? I have to admit I don’t have this information). https://www.ft.com/content/04c1f19e-53c3-42b5-9af8-a2f5a962a896

A short issue, but more coming next week! Mathieu

VDS Digest

A weekly roundup of the visual press.