Food patterns

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Food trends come and go. Some stay longer than expected, and others come back a certain time every year. With their new project, The Rhythm of Food, Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty explore these patterns through twelve years of search trends.

As shown above, you get a circular timeline for each topic. Color represents the year, and distance from the center of the circle represents search volume. You can see the trend play out for each using a play button, or you can mouse over at the top to look at a specific year.

Fun stuff.

There are also a lot of thoughtful design touches that you might notice. A few off the top: annotation for the more trendy foods, notes for holidays or specific events that relate to the topic you view, and segments sized for area as you move from the center of the circle to the edges to compensate for visual attention.

Search and browse 195 food and drink topics. It looks like there’s a whole lot of peppermint and hot chocolate going on this time of year.

Favorites

Where People Run in Major Cities

There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, …

Interactive: When Do Americans Leave For Work?

We don’t all start our work days at the same time, despite what morning rush hour might have you think.

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.