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 and Keith Jarret.

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.

Links

See, Think, Design, Produce

“And so, as you’ve seen, ugly is fine. An ugly sketch can be a wonderful thing.”

Fake is the new real

“Neil Freeman is an artist and urban planner. He lives and works in New York City. Fake is the new real is a collection of his work, ongoing since 2000.”

Norway the Slow Way

“After two days on board, the journey had come to feel like a small eternity. One night around 1 a.m., walking past the abandoned dance floor, I couldn’t resist dancing solo to “Life Is a Highway,” as I stared out a sky that had forgotten to turn dark.”

The Mastermind

“I stared at the address on the screen, a post-office box in Manila, left now with a still larger mystery: What had turned the earnest, brilliant programmer into an international criminal, with a trail of bodies in his wake?”

The Woolwich Foot Tunnel Anomaly

“A time anomaly, from the perspective of someone who experiences it, involves a clearly defined part of landscape or architecture, in which time ‘stops’. Years of study into such phenomena has proved largely fruitless in terms of explanations.”

Ghosting Julian Assange

“It was exciting to think, in that very Jane Austen kind of house, that no novel had ever captured this new kind of history, where military lies on a global scale were revealed by a bunch of sleepy amateurs two foot from an Aga.”