My dataviz of the year is Biolojical’s pictograms using emojis. Here’s an example:
Fresh, impactful, memorable, fun, genuinely informative. Canadians can have 100,000 babies at a time eh?
Methodviz (visualisation that explains not one data set or model but an analytical method) of the year goes to Autodesk Research’s gifs where each image has the same summary statistics.
The clever thing about these is the method used to get them all, which you can read here. I have to admit that I belong in the old fart camp who contend that this doesn’t upstage Anscombe, but it is eye-catching and if someone remembers this message, then it’s all been worthwhile. (Tip your xmas hat to Alberto Cairo’s datasaurus while you’re about it.)
Here’s to 2018.