Posts from

2008

Google Visualization API Opens Up

When Google first launched their visualization API, you could only use data that was in Google spreadsheets, which was pretty limiting. Yesterday, Google opened this up, and you can now…

Showing This Many Per Second – Data Humanized

I've always thought one of the best ways to make data relate-able is to humanize it. Wouter Walmink, from studio:ludens, does this quite literally in so_many_a_second. I'm sure you've across…

Thank You, FlowingData Sponsors

FlowingData continues to grow, and FlowingData sponsors continue to help keep everything running smoothly. No doubt the site would be down a whole lot without them - especially with all…

Steve Jobs on Design

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like… People think it's this veneer -- that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it…

Best of FlowingData: October 2008

October was another good month. Our FlowingData community grew from 5,100 subscribers to over 5,700 this month, and I of course have all of you to thank. Thank you for…

European Economic Weather Map – Sudden Change in Outlook

In this map from the Financial Times, the state of Europe's economy is shown like a weather map. A cloud with a lightning bolt represents a "sudden change in outlook,…

Tracking Weight and What You Eat with Twitter

I'm sure this will come as no surprise to all of you, but personal data collection fascinates me. I love playing with data and when it's about me, all the…

Map Shows Newspaper Endorsements in US Presidential Election

Philip, from infochimps, maps newspaper endorsements using data from the Editor & Publisher's list. Circles with the blue radial gradient are newspapers that endorse Obama and John Kerry in 2004…

More Google Reader Stats When ‘show details’

I just noticed that when you click on "show details" in Google Reader, you get a graph of how frequently posts come from that feed and how often you read…

New York Times Visualization Lab – Collaboration with Many Eyes

It was just a little over a week ago that The New York Times announced their Developer Network i.e. Campaign Finance API. Yesterday, they announced something more - the Visualization…

A Bunch of Japanese Women’s Bra Responses

Uniqlo gathered hundreds of responses from a couple hundred Japanese women about bra size, makeup, and shopping and put it into this sort of 3-d world of short video clips.…

Have You Checked Out the FlowingData Forums Yet?

I started the FlowingData forums a few months ago to give others a chance to start their own conversations or to get advice on personal projects that need some attention.…

Playboy Playmate Curves and the State of the Economy

Terry Pettijohn and Brian Jungeberg of Mercyhurst College took a very close look at the curves, um, measurements of past Playboy Playmates of the Year in relation to the state…

Download Your Free FlowingData Wallpaper

I don't remember when I made this desktop wallpaper, but it was probably during one of those nights when there was nothing good on TV and I had nothing better…

Get a Good Night’s Sleep with SleepTracker Pro [Review]

I've had sleep troubles for as long as I can remember. When I was in grade school, I used to stay up late (well past 10pm) listening to my Sony…

Lexical Analysis of Presidential Debates and the Windbag Index

Martin Krzywinski, whose previous work includes Circos, digs deep into the presidential debate transcripts with tedious manual (or was it automatic?) annotation of words (noun/verb/adjective/adverb), Wordle, and his custom metric…

Who’s Leading Whom? Predictive Markets Versus Polls

This is a guest post from Michael Drumheller, Dirk Karis, Raif Majeed and Robert Morton of Tableau Software. They use Tableau to explore the relationship between polls and predictive markets.…

Code For Walmart Growth Visualization Now Available

It took me three months to do it, but the code to visualize the growth of Walmart is now available under a BSD license (that means free and open like…

40 Essential Tools and Resources to Visualize Data

One of the most frequent questions I get is, "What software do you use to visualize data?" A lot of people are excited to play with their data, but don't…

Comparative View of Length of Rivers and Height of Mountains

I had no idea these comparative views of length of rivers and heights of mountains were so popular - at least in the 1800s. There seemed to be a fascination…