Stay tuned for the October recap post

October’s challenge was to create a scatterplot (see post). We are pulling together the recap post now, to be shared later in the month. In the meantime, scroll down to learn more about the challenge and explore the monthly archives. The next challenge will launch on November 1st and run through November 8th.

the latest #SWDchallenge twitter chatter:

what is the #SWDchallenge?

One of the best ways to learn is to do. The #SWDchallenge is a monthly challenge where you can practice and apply data visualization and storytelling skills. Think of this as a safe space to try something new: test out a new tool, technique, or approach. There’s no obligation—participate in one, a couple, or all. We encourage everyone to take part: all backgrounds, experience levels, and tools used are welcome.

Each month has a different topic, announced at the beginning of the month. Participants have a week to find data, create and share their visual and related commentary. We're focusing currently mainly on different graph types, but sometimes change it up with a tip to try or specific topic. This is meant to be a fun reason to flex your skills and share your creations.

All submissions received by the deadline (emailed to are shared back in a recap post later in the given month. 

inspiration: browse the archives

See below for past challenges and recap posts with readers' submissions. Be inspired by the many approaches and tools others have used to visualize and tell stories with their data!

Feeling inspired? Join us for the next #SWDchallenge to flex your data storytelling skills!


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