133  |  Year Review 2018


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Here we go! Another year has passed and lots has happened in the data visualization world. This time we decided to scramble things up again with a new annual review format: five podcasters (including ourselves!) reflecting back on year 2018. We’re lucky to be joined by Jon Schwabish from PolicyViz, Alli Torban from DataViz Today, and Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic from Storytelling with Data.

This was a long chat! But we had a lot to cover: major trends, favorite projects, new tools, and standout people, companies, studios, conferences, books, and blogs. There is a lot to learn there. Don’t miss our long list of links below! 🙂

As always, thanks for following along with us this year. And special thanks go to our supporters and to Destry and Florian for their amazing work behind the scenes.

We wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


Major Trends

Favorite Projects

Noteworthy Tools

Standout People, Companies and Studios



Books Coming in 2019



1. Welcome to Data Stories! (00:00:22)

2. Please consider supporting the show (00:00:56)

3. Welcome back to our annual year in review episode! (00:01:20)

4. Alli Torban (00:02:21)

5. Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic (00:03:11)

6. Jonathan Schwabish (00:03:41)

7. Major trends in data viz in 2018 (00:04:15)

8. Work being shared more frequently, and the culture of data viz criticism (00:06:13)

9. Greater communication between academics and data viz practitioners (00:11:20)

10. Deeper self-awareness about the limitations of data -- maybe even too self-aware? (00:14:40)

11. More podcasts! And generally more opportunities to learn how to get started in data viz (00:17:41)

12. A few great new visualizations (00:18:50)

13. New data viz tools from 2018 (00:28:35)

14. Increase in automation in viz (00:36:44)

15. Greater presence of experts from cognitive science in the data viz world (00:38:09)

16. The intersection of AI and visualization (00:39:33)

17. Notable people, companies and studios (00:44:16)

18. Conferences (00:56:16)

19. Books published in 2018 (01:02:18)

20. Blogs (01:09:27)

21. What we missed in 2018 (01:21:18)

22. Hopes for the new year (01:23:26)

23. Last thoughts about the year (01:36:06)

24. Get in touch with us and support us on Patreon (01:38:36)

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