Illustration of ranked-choice voting

Connie Hanzhang Jin and Kaitlyn Radde, for NPR, used illustrations to explain how ranked-choice voting works. Instead of picking a single candidate, you can rank your choices, and if someone does not win outright, the rankings kick in.

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All the parts of daily life in India controlled by Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani has an estimated net worth of $90.7 billion, because his company controls many facets of Indian daily life:

Ambani’s wealth comes from the enormous Reliance Industries conglomerate. Since taking over from his father, Ambani has turned Reliance — once known for textiles and petrochemicals — into a digital powerhouse. He’s grown the company’s reach through acquisitions and partnerships to reach retail, telecommunications, media, and so much more, creating an empire with unimaginable reach.

The piece from Rest of World drives the point home with a stroll through illustrations that start with a single phone and keeps zooming out until you’re looking at the whole planet.

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8 billion population visualized

Here’s a fun interactive from The Washington Post to earmark the world reaching 8 billion population. Enter age, country, and gender and you get a mosaic of quarter-circles, each representing 1 or 10 million people depending on the scale of the selected country’s population.

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History of wars and power in Europe, animated from 1500 to present

Agar.io is a multiplayer game where people control cells in a Petri dish-type environment. The animation above used the same visual metaphor to show power and war in Europe, from 1500 to 2022. Circles represent countries, and they split and collide with time.

See also the history of America and East Asia in the same style.

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Daylight saving time and circadian rhythms

Daylight saving time ends in the United States this weekend and ended already in other places. This can only mean one thing, which is that we must hem and haw about whether to shift our clocks or not. Aaron Steckelberg and Lindsey Bever, for The Washington Post, illustrated the sleep challenges that arise when we have to change measured time, which is easy to shift with button presses, against our less malleable internal time, which is more in tune with sunlight.

Scrolling through, it started to feel like too many layers on top of that clock, but my main takeaway, and I think we can all agree on this, is that we should all get to sleep and wake whenever we want. Boom, problem solved.

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How you might vote based on what you like

By Angie Waller, this table shows how Facebook thinks you’ll vote based on what you like. It’s a straightforward view that’s fun to look at. In particular, I like the excluded audiences for certain topics marked with an x.

I often see ads that are completely unrelated to my interests, and a small part of me feels like I’m winning in some way, even though I’m almost definitely losing.

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What hearing loss sounds (and looks) like

Using an audiogram as a backdrop, Amanda Morris and Aaron Steckelberg, for The Washington Post, explain what hearing loss sounds and looks like.

Hearing level, or volume, is on the vertical axis, and frequency, or pitch, is on the horizontal axis. Objects in the illustration are placed based on where they reside in the coordinate system, which is pretty great. Put on headphones for the full effect.

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Chartball is sports data visualized in a playful way

With Chartball, Andrew Garcia Phillips has been visualizing sports data for a while publishing to various mediums — Twitter, Tumblr, posters, and YouTube — showing animated and engaging insights on how individual teams and players perform. It’s clearly a passion project, because no one would make this many charts if they didn’t enjoy it.

TikTok might be the best fitting platform for his short animations focused on a single insight. Here’s an example:

@chartball MLB Pitcher Report: @Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider vs. @Colorado Rockies Sept. 1, 2022 @mlb #baseball #dataviz ♬ It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube

This makes me wonder (1) how other animations and datasets would work in this short video format and (2) if you add music to any animated chart does it instantly make it more fun, because I think it does. [Thanks, Sarah]

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K-Means clustering visually explained

Say you want to identify clusters in a scatterplot of points. K-Means is commonly used method that might get you there. Yi Zhe Ang explains how the method works with a visual and interactive essay.

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Coffee versus tea in charts

Anahad O’Connor, Aaron Steckelberg and Garland Potts, for The Washington Post, made charts that compare the benefits of coffee and tea. But let’s be honest here. All we really want to see in a battle between coffee and tea is an anthropomorphic bean and leaf wrestle.

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