Some of the volunteers and audience pose with some of the 100 hand-painted icons used in the performance. Photo: Zahra Mirmalek.

I love non-traditional data visualization and I regularly think about how we can continue to push the boundaries. There are many ways to entertain, motivate, and impassion an audience and the arts have provided a wide range of inspiration to data visualization practitioners over the years. Why not try a data performance?

It all started with a life-sized rat

During the pandemic, artist Jen Ray rolled out her own campaign to support the city: NYC BRAVE. …


Nightingale illustration — colorful!
Nightingale illustration — colorful!

A guide to the new 2021 guidelines for submitting your article

In addition to helping writers to level up their skills, these guidelines will provide alignment for our editorial team in assisting writers through the review process. For any feedback or just to ask any question at all, please write: nightingale@datavisualizationsociety.org .

In order to publish your article on Nightingale, you need to evaluate your article on each of the following six questions before you submit it to our editorial team.

1. What is the unique topic of your article?

Nightingale is the journal of the Data Visualization Society (DVS). We are interested in stories about all aspects of data visualization and information design for any industry, discipline, or mindset…


It’s honestly hard to believe that it has been only a year since I announced the founding of Nightingale. As the editor-in-chief, it’s been an exhilarating journey of friendships, meetings, late-night editing, and the daily joy of sharing articles (and voices) that we all care deeply about. Here, on our first birthday, I thought I’d take a few moments to share some reflections and thank-yous. I’ll try not to get too philosophical.

While it’s thrilling to consider what we have done, we also need to take stock of how different the world we live in today is. The COVID-19 pandemic…


https://modley-telefact-1939-1945.tumblr.com/
https://modley-telefact-1939-1945.tumblr.com/
112 Telefact charts from 1938–1938, syndicated by Pictograph Corporation https://modley-telefact-1939-1945.tumblr.com/

While Otto Neurath invented the Isotype in Vienna in 1925 and guided its evolution to international acclaim, he was not successful in the United States. Unfortunately, his method of pictorial statistics was not readily taught in schools and is not (yet) practiced today.

But it turns out that isotype charts were prevalent in US government documents in the 1930s and 1940s. If you look for them, you can find isotypes sprinkled all over the US during this time — they just weren’t made by Otto or Marie Neurath. No, the growth and popularity of pictorial statistics in the USA are…


An interview with the Financial Times data-journalist about his experience visualizing the COVID-19 pandemic

One hears the word ‘unprecedented’ a lot these days. It’s as if the language we use to explain our world is breaking down and superlatives just aren’t able to keep up with the new reality brought to us by the coronavirus pandemic. Living through the past month has brought an avalanche of hard to answer questions, as we’re limited to data that is sparse and difficult to analyze.

Many have noted the importance of data visualization in helping people attempt to make sense of it all with a few data journalists contributing significant impact. One of them is John Burn-Murdoch


The spine of “The Struggle for Five Years in Four” as photographed in the NYPL, photo by the author

Documenting the little-known Isotypes created by the IZOSTAT — a Soviet ‘spin-off’ by Otto Neurath in 1932

Libraries are full of knowledge waiting to be discovered. This untapped potential knowledge is hard to truly understand until you try to grasp the enormity of what is archived. Listening to the artist Jer Thorpe’s brilliant podcast, Artist in the Archive, created during an artist residency at the Library of Congress, one begins to grasp how futile the act of understanding the vastness of knowledge contained in our libraries can be. The same is true for the vastness of the internet. Luckily, we have Worldcat to help us find things.

In continuing my research on Otto and Marie Neurath, I…


What else are you gonna do during your weeks (months) of COVID-19 social distancing?

With all this self-imposed social distancing (which is important and necessary) we have to keep ourselves amused somehow. My colleague passed over an emoji game which has been spreading in the UK, which I loved so much that I then decided to make my own!

One of the great things about playing (and making) this kind of emoji game is that it helps you think about visual language and how we communicate with signs. …

Jason Forrest

Dataviz Designer at McKinsey, Editor-in-chief at Nightingale, Electronic Musician. Contact & more: jasonforrestftw.com

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