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 Tumblr, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

October 2013 was much more than just Halloween, the US government Shutdown and the Red Sox victory in the World Series. Other events covered by newsrooms in infographic/interactive fashion included sports-related topics, like the ‘eternal’ soccer classic between Barcelona and Real Madrid, breaking news such as the violence in Kenya and the latest developments around the NSA scandal (if you missed The Guardian’s special on this, you’re in for a ride). Just to mention a few.

For the data visualization community, also a lot happening, with events like IEEE Vis, COmmunicating COmplexity, Push.conference and the Online Journalism Awards, new books and an amazing new tool by the folks at Density Design, called RAW, more awards in competitions organized by Visualizing.org and the ÑH10, the finalists of the Kamtar Information is Beautiful Awards, all that is nothing but a tiny sample of what has been going on.

We try to keep up, but the number of news and articles being published by more and more interesting folks about all things data visualization related keeps on growing. That’s why we also revamped our page with recommend blogs, something that was pretty well-received by the data visualization community. We can read all about it here.

With all that, it’s no surprise that October was a busy, but extremely fun, month for us at Visual Loop.

Here’s the Best of Visual Loop – October 2013 edition:

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 – like this guest post from Italian-based infographic designer, Marco Giannini, who sent us some of his latest Breaking News works:

Higg’s boson discovery | La Repubblica

Higg's boson discovery, infographic by Marco Giannini.

(image: Marco Giannini | La Repubblica)

Newtown shooting | La Repubblica

Newtown shooting, infographic by Marco Giannini.

(image: Marco Giannini | La Repubblica)

May 29th 2013 Earthquake in Emilia Romagna, Italy| La Repubblica

May 29th 2013 Earthquake in Emilia Romagna, Italy, infographic by Marco Giannini.

(image: Marco Giannini | La Repubblica)

Take a look at 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. Last month, we made a couple of special round-ups featuring the finalists of two of the most exciting data visualization awards out there: the interactive projects running for the The Online Journalism Awards and the longlisted visualizations for the Kamtar Information is Beautiful Awards, both mentioned back in the introduction.

Here’s a sample of other interactive works we mentioned in October:

For Eli Manning, 150 Games and Counting | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic For Eli Manning, 150 Games and Counting

(image: The New York Times)

The faces of Facebook

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The faces of Facebook

(image:The faces of Facebook)

The 2013 Red Sox regular season, inning by inning | The Boston Globe

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The 2013 Red Sox regular season, inning by inning

(image: The Boston Globe)

Government Shutdown 2013 | Enigma

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Government Shutdown 2013

(image: Enigma)

Cross Rail | We Build Rail

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Cross Rail

(image: We Build Rail)

Tackling a crisis | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Tackling a crisis

(image: The Washington Post)

The typical Brazilian home, according to Pnad 2012 | UOL

Captura de tela parcial do infográfico interativo O perfil dos domicílios brasileiros, segundo a Pnad 2012

(imagem: UOL)

 

Check out the full selection:

 

Digital Cartography

Our weekly selection of this specific type of data visualization, interactive maps of all sorts. Here’s a small sample of the amazing interactive maps that came to our attention in October:

Chicago’s buildings age | Map Lab

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Chicago's buildings age

(image: Map Lab)

Oscity

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Oscity

(image: Oscity)

Oxpeckers

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Oxpeckers

(image: Oxpeckers)

Rising Seas | The National Geographic

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rising Seas

(image: The National Geographic)

The America’s Cup Finale: Oracle’s Path to Victory | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The America’s Cup Finale : Oracle’s Path to Victory

(image: The New York Times)

Digital Attack Map

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic  Digital Attack Map

(image: Digital Attack Map)

The Geography of Horror | Media maps

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Geography of Horror

(image: Media maps)

All the Digital Cartography posts:

 

Infographic Portfolios:

Every week, a new portfolio from a world-class infographic designer. In October, we welcomed designers from Brazil, Portugal and Mexico. Here are some of the works by Alex Argosino, who has been producing hard news infographics for the past twenty years, at Folha de S. Paulo newspaper:

Edward Snowden | Folha de S. Paulo

Fuga do agente da CIA, infográfico de Alex Argozino

(image: Alex Argozino | Folha de S. Paulo)

Garbage problems in São Paulo | Folha de S. Paulo

Confusão do Lixo, infográfico de Alex Argozino

(image: Alex Argozino | Folha de S. Paulo)

Luxury in the heights | Folha de S. Paulo

Luxo nas alturas, infográfico de Alex Argozino

(image: Alex Argozino | Folha de S. Paulo)

 

More infographic portfolios:

 

Vintage InfoDesign:

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

Baçaim Fortress (1635) | António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende

Vintage Infographic Baçaim Fortress (1635)

(image: António Bocarro, Pedro Barreto de Resende)

(Via)

Map of Telegraphy, Europe and North America (1858) | Charles Magnus

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic  Map of Telegraphy, Europe and North America (1858)

(image: Charles Magnus)

(Via)

Anatomy of a horse (c1400)

Vintage Infographic Anatomy of a horse (c1400)

(image: Anatomy of a horse (c1400))

(Via)

A Ship of War (1728) | Cyclopaedia

Vintage Infographic A Ship of War (1728)

(image: Cyclopaedia)

(Via)

Military Portraits (1861) | Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son

Vintage Infographic Military Portraits (1861)

(image: Hall, E.S.; Lloyd, H.H.; Waters & Son)

(Via)

Pumping music through the house (1941) | Fortune magazine

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Pumping music through the house (1941)

(image: Fortune magazine)

(Via)

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

 

(If Vintage is your thing, this Pinterest board may be just what you’ve been looking for.)

This is Visual Journalism:

A compilation of some of the most impressive infographic designs that came to our attention, printed in magazines and newspapers all around the world. It’s becoming one of our top posts, but with works like these ones below, that’s not really a surprise, right?

Urban oasis | Adolfo Arranz | South China Morning Post

Urban oasis, infographic by Adolfo Arranz | South China Morning Post

(image: Adolfo Arranz | South China Morning Post)

(Via)

One year to perfection | Lino Revilla | Bloque De Armas

A year of perfection , infographic by Lino Revilla  | Bloque De Armas

(image: Lino Revilla | Bloque De Armas)

(Via)

Star wars and stealing cars | Jonathon Berlin | Chicago Tribune

Star wars and stealing cars, infographic by Jonathon Berlin | Chicago Tribune

(image: Jonathon Berlin | Chicago Tribune)

(Via)

Mall Attack in Kenya | J. de Velasco, J. Torres | ABC

Mall Attack in Kenya, infographic by J. de Velasco, J. Torres | ABC

(image: J. de Velasco, J. Torres | ABC)

(Via)

Numbers of the Classic | Jesús R. Sánchez | Récord

Numbers of the Classic , infographic by Jesús R. Sánchez | Récord

(image: Jesús R. Sánchez | Récord)

(Via)

New tackle | Alberto Cuadra, Nick Maese | The Washington Post

New tackle , infographic by Alberto Cuadra, Nick Maese | The Washington Post

(image: Alberto Cuadra, Nick Maese | The Washington Post)

(Via)

MLB 2013-World Series | Alejandro Colmenarez | La Prensa

MLB 2013-World Series, infographic by Alejandro Colmenarez | La Prensa

(image: Alejandro Colmenarez | La Prensa)

(Via)

Adoption in Greece | Zoe Katsigianni | Eleytheros Typos

Adoptions, infographic by Zoe Katsigianni | Eleytheros Typos

(image: Zoe Katsigianni | Eleytheros Typos)

(Via)

Brazilian ports | William Mur | Folha de São Paulo

Page about ports, infographic by William Mur | Folha de São Paulo

(image: William Mur | Folha de São Paulo)

(Via)

Check out more inspiring print infographics in the following links:

 

Interviews

Brief conversations with people that are a reference in the field of data visualization, either globally or locally. In October, we had the opportunity to talk with Justin Beegel, and with Mariana Santos, the Portuguese designer/journalist that has been having a fantastic career, and told us about her new projects in Latin America.

VL destaque Mariana PT

Justin Beegel featured

Data Viz News

A huge selection with links to the top news, articles, tutorials an much more, delivered every Saturday. It includes our Events Calendar, with all the major conferences, seminars, meetups and more, surrounding the field of data visualization.

And that’s it for this monthly round-up. Join us on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr for daily updates about infographics and data visualization. And we’ll be back next month with the best of Visual Loop.