Posts from

2010

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots and lots and lots. Rest. Then eat more.…

Spreadsheet Invasion

Something for you leading into the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy this short video (below) by Amy Thornley, which she made for smile for london. It was…

How to Make Bubble Charts

Ever since Hans Rosling presented a motion chart to tell his story of the wealth and health of nations, there has been an affinity for proportional bubbles on an x-y axis. This tutorial is for the static version of the motion chart: the bubble chart.

Girl Talk mashup breakdown visualized

In case you missed it, Girl Talk recently released his fifth album All Day, which samples from 372 songs. Essentially, it's an album of mashups,…

How Twitter users balanced the budget

In a follow-up to their puzzle to balance the budget, The New York Times shows the top selections that about seven thousand Twitter users made.…

Evolution of the two-party vote during past century

Political science PhD candidate David Sparks has look at the evolution of the two-party vote: Using county-level data, I spatially and temporally interpolated presidential vote…

Mapping human development in America

In work with the American Human Development Project, Rosten Woo and Zachary Watson map the Human Development Index, along with many other indicators in this…

Target for charting excellence

The scales for what qualifies as pretty and useful change depending on the application and purpose, but you always aim for the same quadrant. The…

A world of tweets

We've seen this sort of thing before, with tweets mapped and such, but the recent A World of Tweets by Frog Design is nicely executed…

Defining neighborhoods with map scribbles

TenderMaps brings an informal approach to highlighting the parts of neighborhoods: We wanted to move from the static and singular, toward more dynamic, subtle definitions…

What generation do you belong to?

In this interactive, USA Today guesses your age, based on what influenced you as a teenager: The year you were born partly determines what generation…

R is the need-to-know stat software

This Forbes post on the greatness that is R is being passed around by every statistician and his mother today. It's not that this type…

Why network visualization is useful

AT&T Labs' Infoviz research group describes network graphs and their many uses: There is information in the connections. A glance is enough to identify nodes…

Visualize This: Winning Wikipedia fundraiser banners

Wikipedia's annual fundraiser is in progress. If you haven't noticed already, when you go to the site, there's a banner on the top that asks…

Format and clean your data with Google Refine

When we first learn how to deal with data in school, it's nicely formatted and fits perfectly into a rectangular spreadsheet. Then when we start…

The very first NYT election map

Matthew Ericson, deputy graphics director of The New York Times, dug through the archives to find the first occurrence of an election map in the…

Learn the rules of data graphics so you can bend them

If you take away anything from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, make it the epilogue. This is the most important part: Design is choice.…

You fix the budget puzzle

Not pleased with how the government is handling the budget and deficit? Fine. You fix it. The New York Times provides a budget puzzle: Today,…

Comparison of Republican and Democratic tax plans

Lori Montgomery of the The Washington Post reports on the difference between the Democratic and Republican tax plans. The Republicans' plan to extend the Bush…

Algorithmic architecture with balls

Geometric Death Frequency-141 by Federico Diaz is an algorithm-based sculpture at MASS MoCA, made up of 420,000 robotically-placed black spheres. "Federico is the ultimate shape-shifter,…