Plus Three Questions with Emilia Ruzicka, getting to know the editors, and making icons in Figma

Spring has officially sprung (at least in the Northern hemisphere), and signs of growth are all around… including at Nightingale. We’re grateful for your enthusiastic support for our print expansion!

Over the last month, we’ve formed an Expansion Committee comprised of teams focused on Design, Editorial, and Operations. While there’s a lot of exciting news to come, we are so excited to welcome Julie Brunet — a.k.a., datacitron — as our Creative Director! We will begin our fundraising drive next week, so please reach out to

How to get involved with print edition planning, Two Truths and a Lie with the editors, and science/tech-inspired animal art

It’s been one month since we announced Nightingale’s expansion into print at Outlier, and you may have noticed a few changes already. In order to get the capacity we need to expand into print, we have made some changes to our editorial process and publishing schedule. We now publish three articles each week; be sure to check out our new guidelines and pre-publication worksheet before submitting.

But still, we can’t manage the print expansion alone! We want your help thinking through ideas and priorities. What should the print edition look like? How can we create a sustainable funding model? If…

Write up your Outlier talk! Plus, three questions with Eli Holder and an introduction to the Nightingale editors

So, what was everyone’s favorite Outlier session? Hard to choose, right? The Nightingale team may be divided on our favorite sessions, but we are unanimous in our appreciation for the speakers, organizers, volunteers, and attendees who helped make the event a HUGE success and so much fun.

Oh, and in case you missed it, Nightingale shared a rather big announcement ourselves: we are expanding into print!

Plus Data Feminism, Doom Haikus, and data literacy

This past week, the Data Visualization Society held its first ever Annual General Meeting and elected a new Board of Directors — congratulations to all who were elected! The Board will be led by Amanda Makulec, the new DVS Executive Director. In her day job, Amanda is Data Visualization Lead at Excella, where she develops data visualization products for federal, nonprofit, and private sector clients. She has also been active in DVS for years, serving most recently as Operations Director, Nightingale writer, and frequent Slack contributor.

Of course, we couldn’t let her assume her new role without first answering our…

Plus xenographics, Statistics of the Year, and another call for submissions

Happy New Year! Did you know? In just under one month, the Data Visualization Society will be hosting its first-ever conference, Outlier, and we are SO EXCITED. Outlier will provide inspirational talks, the ability to meet and connect with others, and the opportunity for all attendees to have a voice. In case you missed it, the speaker lineup was just announced: read more here, then hop on over to the conference website to get a ticket at the price of your choice.

A look back at how far we’ve come on the world’s greatest challenges, with dataviz designer Maarten Lambrechts

Image from 2020 SDG Atlas

January is the time of year when many turn their attention backward to help move forward. This year, looking backward to 2020 means reflecting upon a year that laid bare many gaps in economic and social development, exacerbated by the pandemic, while also revealing humanity’s remarkable capacity for cooperation and innovation. The new year also seemed like a good time, then, to check in with data visualization designer Maarten Lambrechts about his work on the 2020 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, that…

Can dataviz help us achieve our resolutions?

The end of 2020 is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for…New Year’s Resolutions! Are you the kind of person who makes resolutions? Do you stick with them? And, most importantly, do you use dataviz to help you out?

We’re planning a Nightingale theme week later in 2021 that will be focused on personal data collection and visualization, and we want you to write all about it. How do you use dataviz to help achieve your goals or encourage self-reflection? Do you turn your data into data art, à la Dear Data? Do you use bullet journals? Do you…

Why we’re talking about data sensification—and a behind-the-scenes chat with Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu!

Have you s̶e̶e̶n̶ sensed what’s going on at Nightingale lately? It’s Data Sensification Week 1 of 2! That’s right — we had so much great content about all the ways we can smellify, sonify, tastify, and physicalize data that we expanded our theme week to a theme fortnight.

Why are we talking about data sensification? We think that pushing ourselves to experience data differently — outside of our usual visual mediums — can be enlightening. (We were going to write ‘eye-opening,’ but, you know.) …

Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu wield data to explore their curiosity and pique ours

By Claire Santoro & Mary Aviles

Colorful cover art of flowers, dots, bars, helixes, and crystals for the Data Sketches book.
Colorful cover art of flowers, dots, bars, helixes, and crystals for the Data Sketches book.
Nearly-final cover art from Data Sketches by Shirley Wu and Nadieh Bremer.

Did you hear the news? Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu, creators of the 12-part dataviz collaboration Data Sketches are publishing a book! While we wait to get our hands on a copy, we thought we’d catch up with them about their unique collaboration to share beautiful and exciting stories. What’s it like to develop a book? How are they feeling about Data Sketches four years later? And, most importantly, what advice can they share with the rest of us who like to sketch with data?

In homage to their side-by-side visualization approach, Mary Aviles…

A Play-Doh representation of the holiday meal, and a look ahead to “Data Sensification” Week

With the end of 2020 approaching, many of us are starting to turn our thoughts to our various holiday traditions. Unfortunately, those traditions will likely look different this year because of COVID. Fortunately, data visualization is here to answer all your pressing holiday-related questions, such as:

How long do I cook the turkey for American Thanksgiving? And what if I want prime rib roast instead?

Luckily, DVS co-founder Amy Cesal has those answers for you, beautifully crafted in Play-Doh as part of her award-winning #DayDohViz series:

Claire Santoro

Environmental analyst, science communicator, data viz designer.

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