Projects

Results of a restless mind late at night.

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts

In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the American Film Institute selected the 100 most memorable quotes from American cinema, and a few years ago, for kicks and giggles, I put…

The Most Regional Names in US History

It was a challenge to choose a name for my son, someone who wasn’t born yet, because I didn’t know where to start amongst hundreds of thousands of choices. So…

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, but I usually order from whatever place is closest to…

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have always been predominantly male, such as Frank and Joseph, and…

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search for, through the eyes of Google suggestions: state stereotypes, national stereotypes, and even the insecurities of age. Do we see…

In search of food deserts

Last time I looked at where major grocery stores are across the United States. Where you shop for groceries changes depending on what region you live in, but hunger and…

Doctor timeline for Doctor Who

I have yet to see a full episode of Doctor Who, “the longest-running science fiction television show in the world” but it was apparently really big news that Peter Capaldi…

The Most Trendy Names in US History

Names are incredibly personal things. It’s how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you recall a family member, a celebrity, or…

Economist spotting

It was surprisingly hard for me to find a physical copy of this week’s The Economist, but I got it. Pretty awesome.…

Reading the data

The Economist covered a handful of visualization books in this week’s issue, and Data Points was in the bunch (nice).…

Grocery store geography

I’ve been poking around grocery store locations, courtesy of AggData, the past few days. There’s a grocery store just about everywhere you go in the United States, because, well, we…

What the Sexes Want, in Speed Dating

A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al. (2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people. On each date, people…

Data Points: Sample chapter

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a month since Data Points: Visualization That Means Something hit the shelves. Thanks to all of you for the tweets, emails, and pictures…

Introducing Data Points

Whoa, that was fast. Data Points is now available. Thanks to all of you for making this possible.…

Data Points: Preview

This appeared at my door today. It’s awesome. I suspect those who pre-ordered Data Points (thanks!) should receive their copies soon.…