I expect everyone in the dataviz world would tell you this year was better than ever. It certainly seemed that way to me. I’m going to separate excellent visualisation for the purpose of communicating data from that for communicating methods.
In the first category, the minute I saw “How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts“, it was so clearly head and shoulders above everything else that I could have started writing this post right then. It’s beautiful, intriguing and profoundly rich in information. And! quite unlike anything I’d seen in D3 before, or that’s to say it brings together a few hot trends, like scrolling to go through a deck, in exemplary style.
So, happy holidays. If the good Lord spares me, I expect to enjoy even more amazing viz in 2015.