A scaled Periodic Table of Elements

Inspired by a diagram from 1976, the Big Picture group at Google Research built a Periodic Table where elements are scaled based on their use in the world.

For example, the above view shows relative mentions in books for each element. The larger a cube’s volume, the more times that element was referenced in books. Other scalings include the human body composition, Earth’s crust, and the sun.

Fun.

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The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

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

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.