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The Pudding Cup 2020

The best visual and data-driven stories of 2020.

State of Design 2021

Over 1,000 designers talked to us about how they work, what they value, and the challenges they’re facing. Here’s what we found.


Draw an iceberg and see how it will float.

500,000 dots is too many

The more I think about today’s front page of the New York Times, the more it is for me another watershed moment for data visualization.

What we can learn from Apple’s dataviz accessibility

Apple’s design is an inspiration to many, but are their data visualizations screen reader accessible?

GitHub Skyline

View a 3D model of your GitHub contribution graph as a city skyline instead of the 'green tiles'.

The State of User Research 2021 Report

The third annual State of User Research report uncovers trends in UX research methods, tools, salaries, and remote work. This one's a beaut!

Live Music Jukebox

An auditory comparison of 770 artists’ live and studio tracks

Netflix’s Annual Reports used to be a work of art. What happened?

A look at the evolution of Netflix's Annual Report designs and pondering the question what happened to the designs more recently?

Making of A Brief Visual Exploration of A Dictionary of Typography

Not many people read a dictionary cover to cover, let alone analyze every word, but I did and found it fascinating.

The State of JavaScript 2020

The annual survey about the latest trends in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing

Major islands have lost nearly a quarter of their beaches in the last century. The culprit? Seawalls and other barriers erected by wealthy homeowners.

How data designers helped us make sense of 2020’s chaos

Designers at media companies, like The New York Times and The Washington Post, helped the public understand COVID-19.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2020

It’s been a year. We saw a lot of charts. These are the best ones.

WeTransfer Ideas Report 2020

WeTransfer asked 35,000 people from almost every country on the planet how a global pandemic affected their creative ideas.

Designing Data Science Tools at Spotify

A product designer explains how she built usable, well-designed tools to help data scientists transform a mass of raw data into valuable insights.

Break your bar chart habit

Remember that truly stellar bar chart you saw a few months ago? Truthfully, no one else does either, and that’s a problem.

The Quest for the Blue Moon

Where I come from, many ice cream places offer a flavor called blue moon

Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

The people in this story may look familiar, like ones you’ve seen on Facebook or Twitter or Tinder. But they don’t exist.

Use the d3 force

Usually, we position elements on our web pages in static, explicit places. But what if we want to make them feel more alive?