Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

He vs. She in film screenplay direction

In screenplays, there are directions that tell actors and actresses what to do or what’s happening other than dialogue. Julia Silge and The Pudding studied which direction is written more…

C’est la vis, teaching kids how to visualize data

By adulthood, it’s expected that we can read charts to some degree. You’re supposed to know how visual encodings map to data and then interpret. I don’t remember actually learning…

Sunsquatch, the only eclipse map you need

It’s solar eclipse time. There have been a lot of maps leading up to this point, but this one by Joshua Stevens is the only one you really need. The…

Catalog of visualization types to find the one that fits your dataset

There are a lot of visualization methods to choose from, and it can be daunting finding the right visual for your data, especially for those just starting out. The Data…

Killings of blacks by whites ruled “justified”

In a collaboration between The Marshall Project and The Upshot, Daniel Lathrop and Anna Flagg analyzed data for 400,000 homicides between 1980 and 2014. In almost 17 percent of cases…

Photorealistic balls of precious metals placed outside their mines

Artist Dillon Marsh uses CGI balls of metal placed outside of mines to show how much was extracted from each location. The project is called For What It’s Worth. These…

How far you can drive out of the city in one hour

Using anonymized cell phone data from Here Technologies, Sahil Chinoy for The Washington Post mapped how far you can drive out of major cities during various times of the day.…

Game of Thrones character chart, you decide

I’ve never seen this Game of Thrones show, but I suspect this will be relevant to many. The Upshot made an interactive that asks readers to place characters on a…

Bread bag alignment chart

From @aurelianrabbit, the bread bag alignment chart. Lawful neutral, right here.…

Where North Korea can reach with its missiles

Troy Griggs and Karen Yourish for The New York Times mapped the estimated range of North Korea’s current missiles. They might be able to reach the continental United States now.…

Perception of neighborhoods through Airbnb ratings

Beñat Arregi made a series of Airbnb maps with a simple premise. If you look at the average ratings for the location of listings in an area, you’ll see how…

Karate-inspired projection mapping

I have no idea how projection mapping works, so it kind of feels like magic to me. I like it. This work projects onto a martial artist, making him bigger…

Music preference geography

Travel to different parts of the country, and you hear different types of music on replay. Josh Katz for The Upshot mapped the regionality based on the popularity of artists…

Interactive shows map projections with a face

We’ve seen faces as map projections before, but this is 63 projections on one page. Plus, you can click and drag to change the center points to see how different…

Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path

In a test flight, Boeing took the thing where you draw using your GPS path to a whole different level. They drew the outline of a plane that spanned the…

Voronoi diagram of people in the park

From Rod Bogart, a Voronoi diagram of people sitting in Bryant Park. It’s a self-optimizing system to maximize sitting space.…

Flow of goods between states

Using data from the Freight Analysis Framework, Chris Canipe for Axios mapped the flow of goods between states. Select a category of goods from the dropdown, and the map shows…

Google Trends eclipse interest

I feel like the large-volume coverage of the upcoming eclipse doesn’t quite match actual interest. I keep seeing graphics, but haven’t heard a peep in real life. But maybe that’s…

Satellite view of the upcoming eclipse’s path

In case you didn’t hear, a solar eclipse is on the way that will be visible on August 21. The total solar eclipse will be visible along a path across…

Hotter and hotter summers, extremely hot

Climate scientist James Hansen and team looked at summer temperatures over several decades. The New York Times charted the increases. To create the bell curves, Dr. Hansen and two colleagues…

Why automation is different this time

Since forever, we’ve tried to make jobs easier. More automated. In many cases, where a machine replaced a job, new jobs were created. Kurzgesagt explains why it’s different this time…

How many people might lose health insurance

The Urban Institute estimated how many people in each state gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Now they might lose it. The New York Times reports. Oof.…

Explaining the evolution of trust with game theory

Nicky Case, who has a knack for making complex topics playfully fun, delves into the evolution of trust between people and groups using game theory. And naturally, the explainer is…

Charting bird egg shapes, and why so many varieties

Bird eggs come in all shapes and sizes, and people didn’t really know why. After analyzing a number of variables, researchers think they found their answer. After crunching the numbers,…

An interactive to explain histograms, for normal people

Histograms require some statistical knowledge to grasp, and without the tidbits, the distribution chart looks like any other bar chart. So much more though. They can show a lot about…

Shazam music recognition maps

Shazam is a service with an app that lets you point your phone towards some music to identify the name and artist of a song. For a hack day, Umar…

Boost economy with immigration

Want to increase the GDP? Easy. Let more immigrants in. Lena Groeger for ProPublica: In an analysis for ProPublica, Adam Ozimek and Mark Zandi at Moody’s Analytics, an independent economics…

Gender representation in comic books

Amanda Shendruk for The Pudding analyzed how genders are represented differently in comic books, focusing on “naming conventions, types of superpowers, and the composition of teams to see how male…

Detailed satellite view of iceberg break

Using the thermal signature, NASA provides a detailed view of the break: The false-color image was captured by Landsat’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). It shows the relative warmth or coolness…

Hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

This explainer video by Vox on the oil patterns on bowling lanes was oddly fascinating. The varying degrees of oil can change a professional bowler’s strategy as a tournament progresses.…