This is a guest post by Tiago Veloso, the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Here we are with the first ‘Best of Visual Loop’ of 2014 – a look back at some of the best content published on visualoop.com during January 2013. And,despite the holiday season and new year festivities, it was a month filled with interesting news, articles, resources and, of course, some of the best interactive and print infographics published all across the Internet.

Among the events that were illustrated in infographics, we had the terrible accident of Michael Schumacher, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or award, and most recently the State of the Union Adress. Big news such as The New York Times’ website redesign were featured on our weekly round up of Data Viz News – a column that is rapidly becoming one of the favorites of our readers.

But before we move on to the full list of best of Visual Loop in January, it’s only fair to leave here the links to the special posts we pulled together, with the top data visualizations and infographics of 2013:

Here’s the best of Visual Loop in January.

Featured articles & Cool projects:

Resources, round-ups and selections of visual information goodies, as well as cool data viz projects presented by the authors themselves. Browse around through other news projects featured in January, like this one by Andreas Ruhe, about his infographic project Explaining our forest.

Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe

(image: Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe)

Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe

(image: Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe)

Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe

(image: Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe)

Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe

(image: Explaining our forest | Andreas Ruhe)

 

Here are all the featured articles:

 

If you’re interested in getting your data visualization work featured, just reach out using the contact form on Visual Loop’s website.

Interactive Inspiration

Our weekly selection of Interactive graphics from all over the world. Here’s a small sample of what was posted during last month:

100 years of Rock | Concert Hotels

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 100 years of Rock

(image: Concert Hotels)

Schumacher’s domination years | Al Jazeera

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Schumacher's domination years

(image: Al Jazeera)

Data World Cup | Yahoo! and EuroSport

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Data World Cup

(image: Yahoo! and EuroSport)

Music Timeline | Google

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Music Timeline

(image: Google)

Male Player Ballon d’Or Votes 2013 | Ramiro Gómez

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Male Player Ballon d'Or Votes 2013

(image: Ramiro Gomez)

An ecosystem of corporate politicians | Pedro Miguel Cruz

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic An ecosystem of corporate politicians

(image: Pedro Miguel Cruz)

#SOTU2014: See the State of The Union address minute by minute on Twitter | Twitter

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic See the State of The Union address minute by minute on Twitter

(image: Twitter)

100 year of the Buenos Aires subway | Buenos Aires Cidade

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 100 year of the Buenos Aires subway

(image: Buenos Aires Cidade)

 

Check out the full selection:

 

 

Digital Cartography

This is our weekly selection of this specific type of data visualization, interactive maps of all sorts. Here’s a small sample of what we featured in January:

Tweeting “happy new year” around the world | Twitter

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Tweeting "happy new year" around the world

(image: Twitter)

Partial screen capture of the interactive Mapping the Scientific Excellence

(image: Lutz Bornmann, Rüdiger Mutz, Moritz Stefaner, Felix de Moya)

In Flight | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic In Flight

(image: The Guardian)

The Refugee Project | Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Refugee Project

(image: Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma)

Homicides in D.C. and Prince George’s County | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Homicides in D.C. and Prince George’s County

(image: The Washington Post)

Children killed by firearms since Newtown | NBC News

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Children killed by firearms since Newtown

(image: NBC News)

Offshore Leaks | ICIJ

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic map Offshore Leaks

(image: ICIJ)

 

More interactive maps:

 

Infographic Portfolios:

Every week, a new portfolio from a world-class infographic designer. In January, we featured a couple of designers from Mexico and Spain. Here’s a sample of Miguel Ángel Fernández‘s infographic work:

Two colossus in Beijing | Diario AS

Two colossus in Beijing, infographic by Miguel Ángel Fernández

(image: Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS)

Mini Cooper | Diario AS

Mini Cooper, infographic by Miguel Ángel Fernández

(image: Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS)

Johnny Weissmuller | Diario AS

Johnny Weissmuller, Infographic by Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS

(image: Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS)

Rafael Nadal’s 2014 calendar | Diario AS

Rafael Nadal's 2014 calendar, infographic by Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS

(image: Miguel Ángel Fernández | Diario AS)

 

All the infographic portfolios of the month:

 

Vintage InfoDesign

We feature every Monday examples of old maps, charts, diagrams and graphics, like these ones:

The proposed site for a World’s Fair (1879) | Walter Stranders

Vintage Infographic The proposed site for a World's Fair (1883)

(image: Walter Stranders)

Tornadoes (1765) | Gottlob Burchard Genzmer

Vintage Infographic Tornadoes (1765)

(image: Gottlob Burchard Genzmer)

The Course of the Mississippi (1718) | Company of the West

Vintage Infographic The Course of the Mississippi (1718) | Company of the West

(image: Company of the West)

The Gas Turbine (1944) | Fortune magazine

Vintage Infographic The Gas Turbine (1944)

(image: Fortune magazine)

Comparing the size of the ‘Lusitania’ (1907) | The Illustrated London News

Vintage Infographic Comparing the size of the 'Lusitania' (1907)

(image: The Illustrated London News)

The Tree of Man’s Life (c. 1639–50) | John Goddard

The Tree of Man's Life by John Goddard, ca. 1639–50

The Tree of Man’s Life | John Goddard

‘Wonderground’ map (1914) | Macdonald Gill

Vintage Infographic illustration 'Wonderground' map (1914)

(image: Macdonald Gill)

Petroleum (1907) | J. G. Bartholomew

Vintage Infographic illustration Petroleum (1907)

(image: J. G. Bartholomew)

 

Here’s the list of last month’s Vintage Infodesign posts:

 (If Vintage is your thing, this Pinterest board will probably blow your mind)

This is Visual Journalism

A weekly compilation of some of the most impressive infographic designs that came to our attention, printed in magazines and newspapers all around the world. Some of January’s featured works:

Messi’s 400 games with Barcelona | Miguel A. Carbonero, E.P., E.M. | Marca

Messi's 400 games with Barcelona, infographic by Miguel A. Carbonero, E.P., E.M. | Marca

(image: Miguel A. Carbonero, E.P., E.M. | Marca)

History of Skis | Fernando Baptista, Daniela Santamaria, Mathew Twombly | National Geographic

History of Skis, infographic by Fernando Baptista, Daniela Santamaria, Mathew Twombly | National Geographic

(image: Fernando Baptista, Daniela Santamaria, Mathew Twombly | National Geographic)

Alexander the Great and Malana village | Marco Giannini | La Repubblica

Alexander the Great and Malana village, infographic by Marco Giannini | La Repubblica

(image: Marco Giannini | La Repubblica)

CR7 | J. Maluenda | La Razón

CR7, infographic by J. Maluenda | La Razón

(image: J. Maluenda | La Razón)

The invention of the trading Tommy Gun | Nicolas Rapp | Fortune

The invention of the trading Tommy Gun, infographic by Nicolas Rapp | Fortune

(image: Nicolas Rapp | Fortune)

Twitter Trends Help Researchers Forecast Viral Memes | Jan Willem Tulp | Scientific American

Twitter Trends Help Researchers Forecast Viral Memes, infographic by Jan Willem Tulp | Scientific American

(image: Jan Willem Tulp | Scientific American)

Cristiano Ronaldo | Mário Malhão | Diário Económico

Cristiano Ronaldo, infographic by Mário Malhão | Diário Econômico

(image: Mário Malhão | Diário Econômico)

Orbital buzz | Charles Apple | Orange County Register

Orbital buzz, infographic by Charles Apple | Orange County Register

(image: Charles Apple | Orange County Register)

Mountains | Maria Potashova, A.Marynsky, K.Kakovkin, A.Ptitzin, Misha Simakov | Moscow News

Mountains, infographic by Maria Potashova, A.Marynsky, K.Kakovkin, A.Ptitzin, Misha Simakov | Moscow News

(image: Maria Potashova, A.Marynsky, K.Kakovkin, A.Ptitzin, Misha Simakov | Moscow News)

Check out more inspiring print infographics in the following links:

 

Data Viz News

A huge selection with links to the top news, articles, tutorials an much more, delivered every Saturday.

 

And that’s it for this round-up. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates about infographics and data visualization. You should also visit our massive Pinterest collection, with thousands of infographics and a legion of followers growing by the day. And we’ll be back next month with the best of Visual Loop.