Martín González

Visual journalist at The Economist

About

I am a visual journalist at The Economist, where I make graphics and interactives. I am also one of the co-founders of Politibot, a chatbot about Spanish and European politics. Previously, I worked at Populate, a civic tech studio.

Lately I’ve gotten into economic history, demography, satellite imagery and Grouper.

I am interested in the little of visualisation design.

News

The Big Mac index

The Big Mac index

The Economist

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The Big Mac index is a classic guide for currency comparison. It has been running on the paper since the 80s and as an interactive since 2012. Our redesign made it responsive and more explanatory. Read more on Source.

Who’s ahead in the mid-term race?

Who’s ahead in the mid-term race?

The Economist

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The backlash against the predictive models of the 2016 election demonstrated that we need better ways to display uncertainty in data visualisation. After weeks of discussion we ended up with a design that prioritises straight chances —2 in 3 rather than 70%— and emphasises ranges. With Dan Rosenheck, Matt McLean and Evan Hensleigh.

The economic returns to university

The economic returns to university

The Economist

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An exploration on how the rise of university graduates hasn’t been as good as you think for wage gains. This is an example of how census microdata and graphics can be used to explain a counter-intuitive outcome. With Wade Zhou.

House-price indices

House-price indices

The Economist

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A novel dataset of house-prices around the world in real and nominal terms, compared to long-run series of disposable income and rent prices. With James Fransham.

How Catalonia voted

How Catalonia voted

Politibot

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A live election feed and analysis of the 2017 Catalan election. We focused on a binary question: does the party in question support the independence from Spain? I spent weeks writing a parser for the results and aggregating datasets to add a demographic context. With Eduardo Suárez.