In 2021, FiveThirtyEight’s visual journalists told stories of the pandemic, political gridlock and the world of sports. We’ve fought to make our work more accessible and to sharpen our storytelling. Through it all, we kept it weird. Now we continue our tradition of celebrating our best — and wackiest — charts of the year. Here are some of our favorites, grouped by topic but in no particular order beyond that. If you want more context for these (weird and wonderful) charts, don’t be shy! You can click any of them to read the stories in which they originally ran.
And, last but not least, check out this calendar with the results from our debate about when each season begins.
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Ryan Best is a visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight. @ryanabest
Elena Mejía is an associate visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight. @elena___mejia
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Anna Wiederkehr is a senior visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight. @wiederkehra
Julia Wolfe was the Senior Editor, Data Visualization at FiveThirtyEight. @juruwolfe