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Apple vs. Google company structure, as seen through patents

For Co.Design, Periscopic compared patent ownership between Apple and Google, which ends up providing a good idea of company structure.

Bill Paxton tribute through storm spotters’ GPS coordinates

Bill Paxton, who played a storm chaser in Twister, died on Sunday. To honor him, storm spotters gathered at various …

Easily download large-ish survey datasets

Many government organizations release microdata for surveys every year. It comes as anonymized responses from each survey participant for each …

The First Time…

When Americans had sex, moved in with someone, and so on. Often not average. Far from normal.

Oil and gas wells in the United States

Tim Meko and Laris Karklis for The Washington Post take a dive into oil and gas wells in the United …

xkcd: Projecting country borders by time zone

Time zones are odd sometimes.

States most similar to the US overall

“Normal America.” I’m not sure what that means anymore, but at some point it had a lot to do with …

Evolution of The New York Times front page

From Josh Begley, this quickfire flip book shows every New York Times front page since 1852. Watch the shift from …

Forest of Numbers

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the National Art Center in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux made the Forest of Numbers. The …

Annotate charts with a few clicks using ChartAccent

Some say annotation is the most important layer for charts meant for public consumption. It directs readers where to look …

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How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Charting All the Beer Styles

The Beer Judge Certification Program lists 100 styles of beer. Here’s a chart for all of them.

Bed Sizes Around the World

A king bed isn’t the same size everywhere. Sometimes, a king is a queen.

Fast Food Menu of Calories

How does the distribution of calories vary by fast food restaurant? Here’s a chart that shows all the menu items for ten of the biggest national fast food chains.

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How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator

A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics.

How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4

In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.

Transitioning Map, Part 3: Animate Change Over Time

How to make a bunch of maps and string them together to show change.

Transitioning Map, Part 2: Refining the Format and Layout

How to make a more readable and more visually accurate map, before you dive into the big transitions.

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How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Resources to Find the Data You Need, 2016 Edition

This is an update to the guide I wrote in 2009, which as it turns out, is now mostly outdated. So, 2016. Here we go.

Learning R Versus d3.js for Visualization

For those who work with R and d3.js, the differences between the two are obvious. But for those who are …