37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About

May 6, 2009

You might not know it, but there are actually a ton of data and visualization blogs out there. I’m a bit of a feed addict subscribing to just about anything with a chart or a mention of statistics on it (and naturally have to do some feed-cleaning every now and then). In a follow up to my short list last year, here are the data-ish blogs, some old and some new, that continue to post interesting stuff.

Data and Statistics

  • By the Numbers – Column from The New York Times visual Op-ed columnist, Charles Blow, who also used to be NYT’s graphics director.
  • Data Mining – Matthew Hurst, scientist at Microsoft’s MSN, also the co-creator of BlogPulse.
  • Statistical Modeling – We might disagree on certain things, but Andrew’s blog is one of the few active pure statistics blogs.
  • The Numbers Guy – Data-minded reporting from Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal.
  • Basketball Geek – Like statistical analysis and basketball?

Statistical/Analytical Visualization


Design & Infographics

  • information aesthetics – I doubt there are many who read FlowingData who haven’t heard about Andrew’s blog.
  • Neoformix – Jeff has been doing a lot of stuff with Twitter lately. Glad to read that he recently pledged to post more often.
  • Well-formed Data – Hasn’t been updating much lately, but Moritz has some interesting projects every now and then.
  • Cool Infographics
  • Infographics News
  • Nicolas Rapp – Art Director for the Associated Press Interactive Design & Graphics Department.
  • Dataviz – Someone’s tumblelog. Not sure who’s but good stuff.
  • WallStats – Jess Bachman, of Mint graphics and Death & Taxes poster.

Others Worth Noting

  • Quantified Self – Of personal interest to me since so much of my work is on self-surveillance.
  • Random, etc. – Tom of Stamen Design. Hasn’t updated in a while, but always like to hear from the Stamen guys.
  • Ben Fry Writing – Co-creator of Processing and author of Visualizing Data.
  • Stamen Design
  • tecznotes – Another Stamen Design fellow, Michal Migurski. Talking about custom online maps recently.
  • The Big Picture – Economics from Barry Ritholtz.
  • Waxy – Not always data, but always interesting from Andy Baio.
  • Serial Consign – Greg is more architecture than data or viz, but the fields share many of the same principles.

That’s what I read. Looking over the list, I seem to enjoy the blogs of those who are actually actively involved in what they’re writing about. The experience provides that tasty, data flavor.

Are there any data-ish blogs that you read that aren’t listed above? What are your favorite data blogs (besides FlowingData :)? Let us know in the comments. Here are some of the Twitter replies to get things started:

@mlascarides: http://www.visualcomplexity…

@hungryclone: none lol

@libbyh: http://infosthetics.com but FD’s still my fav

@amrita_chanda: Blogs I follow are:Info aesthetics, Wallstats, blprnt, visuale, visualcomplexity, infogrphicsnews, perceptualedge, and urs :-)

@colorfuldata: there are so many… yours is my first choice together with infostethics.com, datavisualization.ch and visualcomplexity.com

@jrhoads: yours is all I read at the moment (thanks to @cjoh) but I’d love to see your responses.

@geoffreydgraham: calculatedriskblog.com

@caaquino: I like Infosthetics, Infographics News, Cool Infographics, the Stamen blog. Curious to see anything new that others read too!

@Mojowen: Not sure if these count as data blogs, but Five Thirty Eight, The Big Picture (how I found FD), and Real Climate

@mhenly: the ASA’s Contexts Graph blog http://contexts.org/graphic…

@vergeclub: Data Mining, Info Aesthetics, visual methods. Got any tips for datamapping?

@nkri: Following @Tableau, blog.bissantz.com, and www.juiceanalytics.com/writing



Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It’s always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.