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.

 

April 2013 will be forever remembered as the month of the tragic Boston bombings, that brought back all the painful memories of 09/11. It was also a month marked by the death of UK’s former prime-minister Margareth Thatcher and the rise of tensions between North and South Korea, two topics vastly covered by the news media as well, which means there were a lot of infographics and data visualizations developed to breakdown such complex topics.

For us, April marked the beginning of a new series of regulars posts, focused on bringing you the latest news, articles and resources about data visualization, data journalism, big data, business analytics and more. Data Viz News is published every Saturday – just in time for the weekend.

Apart from that, we kept featuring fantastic works, both in our Portfolio of the Week section and in form of guest posts, besides the usual contributions from our regular columnists – we even welcomed a new one, scientific illustrator wizard Diana Marques, currently based in Washington D.C. You should definitively check out her website.

Here’s the best of Visual Loop in April.

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. The images below come from graphic designer Kevin NG, who explained to us how he developed the ‘Tune Me Up’ infographic.

 

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Kevin Ng)

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Kevin Ng)

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Kevin Ng)

 

All the featured articles of the month:

And from our columnists:

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 in April, with the Boston marathon tragedy being one of the top topics illustrated throughout the month:

Where the blasts occurred | Boston Globe

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Boston Globe)

Caught in the Blasts at the Boston Marathon | New York Times

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: The New York Times)

A Decade of Climate Change in the Guardian | Ramiro Gómez

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Ramiro Gómez)

A Graphic Tribute To ‘Game Of Thrones’ | Nigel Evan Dennis

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Nigel Evan Dennis)

Kepler’s Tally of Planets | New York Times

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: The New York Times)

 

Check out the full selection:

 

Infographic Portfolios:

Every week, a new portfolio from a world-class infographic designer. In April, we featured the works of Matthew Bambach (Canada), J. Ángel Muñoz (Mexico), Jan Turnovec (Czech Republic) and the Argentinian Mattias Cipollati, to whom belong the following infographics:

James Bond versus the world | La Voz del Interior

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Matias Cipollatti, Juan Colombato | La Voz del Interior)

Shooting history and guns trend in the US | La Voz del Interior

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Matias Cipollatti, Juan Colombato | La Voz del Interior)

Titanic 100 years | La Voz del Interior

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Matias Cipollatti, Juan Colombato | La Voz del Interior)

 

All the infographic portfolios:

 

Vintage InfoDesign:

We feature every Monday examples of old maps, charts, diagrams and graphics, many of which are truly amazing – like these ones:

London: a functional analysis (1943) | Arthur Ling and D.K. Johnson

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Arthur Ling and D.K. Johnson)

(Via Cuptopia)

Geological and Palaeontological Map of the British Islands (c.1854) |Edward Forbes, Alexander Keith Johnston

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013


(image: Edward Forbes, Alexander Keith Johnston, 1854)

(Via Scientific Illustration)

Map of Port and River Tonnage (c.1850) | Charles Joseph Minard

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Charles Joseph Minard, 1850)

(Via Cartographia)

Love location in the Brain (1875) | Orson Squire Fowler

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Orson Squire Fowler, 1875)

(Via Pete Veilleux on Flickr)

 

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:

Another of one of the most popular regular series on Visual Loop, ‘This is Visual Journalism’ brings you the best infographics published in magazines and newspapers from a dozen different countries.

Here’s a small sample of what we’re talking about:

The Boston bombs — crude, and lethal | Andrew Barr | National Post

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(infographic: Andrew Barr | National Post)

(Via)

Boston bombings reconstruction | Mariano Zafra | El País

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(infographic: Mariano Zafra | El País)

(Via)

City of Anarchy | Adolfo Arranz | South China Morning Post

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image: Adolfo Arranz | South China Morning Post)

(Via)

They choose to betray on Monday | Otávio Burin | Época

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

(image:Otávio Burin | Época)

(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 April, we had the opportunity to talk with the mind behind one of the most respected data visualization academic collectives in the world. Paolo Ciuccarelli talked about the origins of Density Design, his work at the Politecnico de Milano (Italy) and the information design scene in Italy.

Talking with… Paolo Ciuccarelli

The best of Visual Loop – April 2013

 

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.