Posts from

2010

The real Inception flowchart by Nolan

Inception was a complex film, so there was understandably some confusion over the levels and who was where. A couple of flowcharts tried to explain,…

The Joy of Stats available in its entirety

The Joy of Stats, hosted by Hans Rosling, is now viewable in its entirety (video below): Hans Rosling says there’s nothing boring about stats, and…

Old map shows slavery in the United States

In 1864, drawing on the most recent 1860 Census data, the United States Coast Survey issued this choropleth map depicting counties with relatively high slave…

Dynamic sculpture brings weather into airport

eCLOUD, conceived by Aaron Koblin, Nik Hafermaas, and Dan Goods, displays weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via specialized liquid crystal…

Merry Christmas from FlowingData

Merry Christmas and happy new year! As usual, don't forget to eat lots. That's the only way to roll during the holidays.…

Why the other lines always seem to move faster than yours

Why does it almost always seem like you're in the slow line at the grocery store or in the driving lane with the most cars…

Facebook status updates: young people are self-centered and old ramble

The Facebook Data Team had a quantitative look at status updates by age and content: The chart on left confirms the typical stereotypes about younger…

Minimalised consumer products

Antrepo wonders what it might be like if the labels on consumer products were stripped of all their flare and were to go semi-minimal and…

Comparison of the largest stars

You've most likely seen a couple of views of the universe to provide a sense of scale. Main point: you're tiny. Here's another video. This…

Epic animation in Google Docs

For the Google Demo Slam, three animators Tu+, Namroc, and Metcalf Anything put together an animation completely in Google Docs. Three days, 450 slides, and…

Worst and best commutes in America

I grew up in a relatively small city where it took no more than fifteen minutes to get where I needed to go. When I…

Choreography of the skies shows flight paths

We've all seen Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns, so we know that there's a certain rhythm to air traffic. GE, who has an aviation branch that…

MacGyver guide on how to use a map

You might think that the only use for a map is to find directions to where you want to go. Or since you're a FlowingData…

Search how phrases have been used via Google Ngram Viewer

Language changes. Culture changes. And we can see some of these changes via what authors write about in books over the years. Google's Book Ngram…

Right versus wrong bubble size

I was going to post this graphic from Good when it came out, but decided not to. I made the same mistake when I first…

Mapping demographics of every block and city in America

Government data technology has felt behind the times the past few years with outdated Java applets and such, which makes it tedious to look at…

Filling in the black holes of the Facebook friendship map

While it was fun looking at the worldwide connections on Facebook, I thought it was more interesting to look at the places where there were…

Growth in visual culture via science magazine pages

William Huber, Tara Zepel, and Lev Manovich compare magazine pages of Science and Popular Science. In the first three decades of its publication, Popular Science…

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2010

Data visualization and all things related continued its ascent this year with projects popping up all over the place. Some were good, and a lot…

Facebook worldwide friendships mapped

As we all know, people all over the world use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family. You meet someone. You friend him or…