1 / Beefmaps, 3D warships and inequality
The very first issue of the Buried Signals newsletter.
Thank you for being here for the very first issue of the Buried Signals newsletter! Once every few weeks I’ll share a selection of exceptional work from independents or newsroom teams.
Let’s dive in.
Bloomberg’s investigative team released a landmark report on the activities of the Brazilian beef giant JBS, confirming beyond doubt the company’s destructive exploitation of the Amazon despite its assurances of the opposite. The delivery by the Bloomberg Graphics team is stellar, using heatmaps, dotmaps and flowmaps with satellite imagery to track the overall supply chain from production to destination.
This month’s independent spotlight goes to Bartosz Ciechanowski for his thorough explanation of the GPS system, using interactive graphics to help readers assimilate cause and effect.
ProPublica’s graphics team published this gripping visual story on the USS Fitzgerald’s demise, recounting the events with every medium available : 3D mapping, data visualisation, illustration, still or moving images and 3D animation.
I recently posted visual summaries of Oxfam’s Inequality Report and the Pandora Papers, both investigations press for urgent action on the world’s dramatic inequality crisis.
Billionaires are noticing the fallout effects of the increasing disparity and requesting governments increase taxes, this should be front-page news as an affirmation of how extreme the situation is.
Isaac Asimov’s The Last Question is a masterpiece and made available publicly by Princeton’s Physics department.
This is by far my favourite story of all those I have written. After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded.
Migrants, an animated short film about the journey of two polar bears.
River Runner by Sam Learner, tracing where a drop of water anywhere on the planet would meet the ocean.
3D Data Visualisation is an exploration of data interaction in a 3D / virtual space by Peter Beshai.
This illustrated VR short film by the Guardian.
In case you missed it
Our Twitter thread crediting some of the most powerful interactive web documentaries to date.
That’s all for this issue!