A reader favorite that was also popular with the Scout staff, Beautiful News Daily lives up to its name in more ways than one. Its aesthetically pleasing visuals make the site stand out among other data and news projects, and its focus on a daily dose of positivity offers a welcome break from gloomy news cycles. Readers may also enjoy following the project on Instagram or Twitter (@beautifulnews.daily and @beautiful__news, respectively).
Many of us strive to stay well-informed of local and international events, but sometimes the news can be stressful or discouraging. To help counterbalance this, the data visualization website Information is Beautiful recently embarked on a new project, Beautiful News Daily. As its name implies, this project offers its visitors "a collection of good news, positive trends, uplifting statistics and facts, all beautifully visualized." New graphics are posted each day over the course of the project's one-year lifespan, which aims "to move our attention beyond dramatic news headlines to the slow developments and quiet trends that go unseen, uncelebrated." Readers can browse all of the Beautiful News items on the project's main page, and they can also filter them by category. Each item's page includes a brief summary, and below readers will find links to view the data in spreadsheet form and to see the source that inspired the chart, as well as a link to a relevant organization for those who would like to get involved. All of the images created for Beautiful New Daily are covered by a Creative Commons license and can be used and shared freely. Information is Beautiful was founded by David McCandless, a London-based writer, designer, and artist.