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The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It's always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. I mean, it's a challenge to pick and rank your favorite anything really. So much depends on what you feel like at the time, and there's a lot of good work out there. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Collection of physical visualizations

I'm pretty sure there's a ton of untapped potential in data represented physically. Maybe not in the analytical insights sense but in that fuzzy unmeasured…

Using baseball bats to display data

When a baseball player is hitting well, commentators will sometimes say that it looks like he's hitting with a bigger bat out there. The ACME…

Increasing rates of men who don’t work

Recent data from the Census Bureau suggests the rate of non-working men has increased. As more women go to work and more men stay at…

Physical infographics

Photographer Marion Luttenberger used physical objects and people as her visual cues in lieu of digital bars and lines. The results are striking. Note: The…

Book genres for visualization

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas from Google Research ran with the book metaphor for visualization in their talk at Tapestry 2014. Unlike some who bash…

Understanding segregation with a simulation

In 1971, Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling proposed that a desire to have neighbors of the same race — even a small percentage — can…

Detailed visualization of NBA shot selection

Sports loves conditional distributions. What does Joe Billy Bob typically do against such and such team? How does play differ in wins and losses? And…

Make your own detailed tweet maps

Eric Fischer, known around these parts for his detailed dot maps, describes his process along with a code release. I've been tracking geotagged tweets from…

Motion Exposure

Motion Exposure, a photography project by Stephen Orlando, captures movement patterns with light. I'm fascinated with capturing motion through time and space into a single…

Map print clothing

Monochome, a new service brought to you by Rachel Binx, lets you make custom clothes printed with maps. It's not just major cities though. No…

Serial views

Like many, I've been listening to Serial every week, but I always just listened through my podcast app. So I missed this little bit from…

Pie chart pyramid

This pyramid pie chart just might take the pie chart humor crown from the amount-of-pie-eaten pie chart. (Who made this?)…

Elemental cartograms

Along the same lines as the scaled Periodic Table, Elemental Cartograms by chemistry professor Babak Sanii and his students lets you make your own scaled…

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…

Detecting your face

Sterling Crispin reverse engineered facial recognition algorithms and produced masks that only kind of look human. Although the computer sees it differently. This research has…

Why you feel bloated after holiday meals

Because that's what happens when you eat ten full plates of turkey and pie. However, Bonnie Berkowitz and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post go…

Friends in Space

Part celebration of Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman to fly into space, and part social network above the clouds, Friends in Space by Accurat…

Pianogram

This is what you get when you cross a histogram and piano keys to show note distribution of songs. It's the pianogram. View examples such…

English versus Chinese color descriptors

Color exists on a continuous spectrum, but we bin them with names and descriptions that reflect perception and sometimes culture. We saw this with gender…

Tracking global fishing through satellite data

Global Fishing Watch is an initiative to place some accountability on global fishing, an activity typically a challenge to track. This version of the Global…

Planets as fruit to show scale

I still don't understand the relative size of planets. The universe is too big and my sense of scale is too small to fathom such…