The charity Art UK has created a digital catalogue of 250,000 works of art in the UK and made it easy to search and navigate them. Splendid.
Charles Minard was a civil engineer by profession but also, in partial retirement, a celebrated information designer. He was born in France in 1781. This story examines the man and his fascinating diagrams, charts, and maps, including those of Napoleon in Russia, described in his obituary as evoking “bitter reflections on the cost to humanity of the madness of conquerors”.
Mona Chalabi is an enormously talented data journalist and illustrator who has worked with all sorts of prestigious organisations. Her Instagram feed is a trove of original work telling powerful stories with data and illustration. The piece linked to here compares the cost of 1 year’s NYPD micdonduct law suits, with the cost of 1 year’s free bus journeys for every New Yorker.
This new(ish) podcast from the makers of Talking Politics covers one big idea in each episode. Topics so far include Tocqueville on Democracy, Marx and Engels on Revolution, Gandhi on Self-Rule, and Weber on Leadership. The website also contains links to further reading on the topics discussed in the podcast.