Visualization

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

Mapping words to parts of the brain

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers monitored brain activity in seven people while the subjects listened to two hours of stories from the Moth Radio Hour. The researchers then used…

Change in the British diet, since 1974

From the Open Data Institute, an interactive looking at diet data made available by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. “The British diet has undergone a transformation in the…

Global shipping in a narrated interactive map

We’ve seen maps for global shipping routes before, but this project — Ship Map — by Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute makes the exploration more interactive and explanatory.…

Slavery in the United States, by decade

Mapping slavery from a historical perspective is a challenge, because many old maps and estimates are at the county level. Boundaries changed and counting methods changed, which provides for variation…

Here’s how a neural network works

Daniel Smilkov and Shan Carter at Google put together this interactive learner for how a neural network works. In case you’re unfamiliar with the method: It’s a technique for building…

“Well that escalated quickly.”

This is the trend line from Google Trends for “Well that escalated quickly.” I know there’s a perfectly good reason for the sudden rise, but I prefer not to know.…

School district spending per student

NPR is running a series on spending and school districts and all its complexities with government funding and whether or not more money even helps. They start with a map…

Interconnectedness of the galaxies

A group of researchers are studying how all the galaxies in the universe are connected, network-style.…

Titanic sinking in real-time

Visualization of time is usually about compression so that you can see more in less minutes. This animation, however, shows the Titanic sinking in near real-time, over 2 hours and…

Stephen Curry 3-point record ridiculousness

Stephen Curry made 402 three-pointers this regular season, which is ridiculous. Gregor Aisch and Kevin Quealy put the record into context showing just how much far ahead of others Curry…

Every Kobe Bryant shot charted

In celebration of Kobe Bryant’s final game, the Los Angeles Times charted all 30,699 field goals threw up over his twenty-year career. A tour feature takes you through some of…

Virus trading cards

Eleanor Lutz made some trading cards — for viruses. To make the 3D animations I used UCSF Chimera, a free molecular modeling program. When scientists discover a new protein structure…

Balance the Trump and Cruz tax plans

The tax plans of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump might seem fine if you don’t think about the actual values. Tax cuts. Less government spending. But then it gets tricky…

Rising death rates for white women

Overall life expectancy continues to increase, but looking at it from the other end — mortality rates — show different trends for different groups, especially women who live in rural…

US surveillance flight paths for the FBI and Homeland Security

Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife dug into flight path data, specifically looking for flights manned by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The government’s airborne surveillance has received…

A visual recreation of the Porsche driving experience

This is beautiful work by digital art and design studio onformative. They recreate the driving experience with racing data from various tracks.…

Flyover Country app tells you about the ground beneath as you fly

Before your next flight, road trip, or hike, download the Flyover Country app available for Android and iPhone. The app tells you information about where you are at any given…

Changing river path seen through satellite images

Sedimentary geologist Zoltan Sylvester downloaded Landsat data using Earth Explorer and strung together images of the Ucayali River to see the changes over thirty years. Thanks to the Landsat program…

Coastline across the ocean, from where you’re standing

A couple of years ago, Eric Odenheimer wondered: If you stand on the beach looking out to the ocean and traveled straight until you reach land, what country would you…

Weather data basket weaving

“Weather data is this endless box of LEGO pieces that arise every day. It’s always a different box.” Sculptor Nathalie Miebach makes these ornate baskets based on weather data.…

Tarot cards for complex network concepts

Peter Dodds teaches a course on complex networks, and he put together a set of tarot cards to illustrate concepts. Fun. P.S. You can also watch the entire lecture series…

Regional news coverage around the world

Popular news topics change depending on where you are, as what’s important to some isn’t so important to others. Unfiltered.news from Google’s Jigsaw team shows what’s covered everywhere. Every day,…

Counting the numbers in the news

Truth & Quantity by Gregor Hochmuth is what happens when you strip out all context from an NPR newscast and only look at the numbers. Every day at 8am and…

How people read books

Jellybooks is an analytics company that evaluates how people read book, in a similar fashion in how a company like Netflix evaluates how customers watch shows.…

Greater access to clean water

National Geographic, in collaboration with Bestiario, looks at the improving accessibility to clean water around the world. In 1990, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN set a…

Simulation shows why polls don’t always match future results

With election season in full swing, as far as the news is concerned at least, we get to see poll after poll in the beginning of a voting day and…

Basketball shot charts, make your own

Based on data from the NBA stats API and using the visual layout popularized by Kirk Goldsberry, Todd Schneider gives you BallR, made with R and Shiny. BallR lets you…

Send map tiles to 3-D printer

Mapzen, which offers a vector tile service, made Tile Exporter, so that you can search the world and 3-D print your favorites.…

Hurricane simulations show severe flooding in Houston

In 2008, Hurricane Ike blew just past the Houston Ship Channel, “home to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.” Had Ike touched down on the area, the damage could’ve been far…

Cell reception on the subway, mapped

Daniel Goddemeyer and Dominikus Baur grew interested in cell reception while on the New York subway: In recent years, the MTA has started to equip select stations with WiFi and…