Visualization

Square mile grid-ness of the United States

Named after the grid system Thomas Jefferson used to apportion land acquired through the Louisiana purchase, the Jefferson Grid Instagram account highlights remnants of the system through satellite shots from…

Minimum Wage Machine pays in pennies

Crank to earn a penny every 4.5 seconds.

Live cyber attack map

Norse monitors cyber attacks in real-time. This is their map of what's going on. (All I hear is pew, pew, pew when I watch it.) [via Boing Boing]…

Subway complaints by station

This map of subway complaints in Madrid isn't geographically relevant to me, but the encoding scheme is interesting.

Making a hit song with Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex

A visual layer set on top of the video interview makes the feelings understandable.

Same BMI, different body

The index needs an information supplement.

Nuclear detonations from 1945 to present

There have been over 2,000 nuclear detonations since 1945. Orbital Mechanics mapped each documented test in animated form. It's mostly about mood and the individual explosions. More journal-like, although not…

Mapped: Solar energy and savings if you got panels

Punch in your address. See how much you could save, based on a variety of data sources.

Disappearing Arctic reflected in National Geographic maps

In the most recent update to their atlas coming in September, National Geographic explains the shrinking Arctic through the lens of previous atlas maps. It's not looking good.…

Possible float routes for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down a year ago, and with recently found debris that is possibly from the flight, researchers have a few more bits of data to work…

Exploding nation of poverty

Poverty is on the rise. Justin Palmer mapped it for major cities in the United States.…

United States electricity map

The Washington Post mapped power plants in the United States by type and capacity in megawatts. Color indicates the former, and bubble size indicates the latter. There are a lot…

Top high school plays and musicals, by decade

Based on annual high school play and musical rankings from the magazine Dramatics, which date back to 1938, NPR charted the most popular plays by decade. For a variety of…

Technology sector, share of market over time

Here's a straightforward stacked area chart from the Economist that shows shifting market share in the technology sector. It highlights the quick shrinkage of IBM in the 1990s, Microsoft reign…

Visual introduction to machine learning

What is machine learning? It sounds like a bunch of computers get together in the library on Tuesdays and study during all-nighters. It's not quite that. Stephanie Yee and Tony…

Million dollar blocks and the cost of incarceration

Incarceration costs a lot of money. We know this, sort of. But how much really? Million Dollar Blocks, by Daniel Cooper and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, estimates the cost in Chicago, down…

Ascent in the Tour de France

I was flipping through the channels the other night and happened on the Tour de France. It's cycling, in case you're unfamiliar, and it's not the most interesting sport to…

Map of literary road trips

Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of a famous writer or literary character in their journey across the country? Well now you can. Richard Kreitner for Atlas Obscura hand-cataloged…

Interactive lets you fly through a software galaxy

This is a fun one. Software Galaxies by Andrei Kashcha visualizes popular software package managers as interactive galaxies. Each node is a package and connections indicate dependencies between packages. Use…

Hand-drawn map boundaries

You've probably seen those "maps" where people from other countries draw the United States and end up with a wobbly New York, Los Angeles, and some stuff in the middle.…

Swear maps

Linguist Jack Grieve posted a bunch of maps that show swearing geographically, based on geotagged tweets. Above is the map for "gosh". The more red, the higher the relative usage…

Why time flies when you’re older

When you're a kid, a year seems like forever. Appending "and a half" to an age seems significant and necessary. But as you get older, the years seem shorter. Heck,…

3-D paper model of a shrinking sea

The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, formerly one of the largest lakes in the world, has been drying up since the 1960s and is currently 10% its original size. Peter Vojtek…

If the Moon were one pixel in size

Somehow these space-in-perspective graphics and interactives never get old. I guess the size of space is just that mind-blowing. In the latest addition to the collection, Josh Worth imagines the…

Disney business strategy chart, 1957

This is Walt Disney's corporate strategy from 1957. The theatrical films serve as a foundation, and everything else — TV, music, Disneyland, etc — feed off of and back into…

See a 150mph tennis serve to your face

Hawk-Eye is a collection of technologies that allows high-granularity sports tracking, most notably in tennis. It's similar to what we see with basketball, football, soccer, and basically every sport where…

Earth time-lapse from 22,000 miles out

Japan has a new weather satellite in stationary orbit, Himawari-8, that takes a picture of Earth every ten minutes. String those together and you get a super-detailed time-lapse video of…

Map of just the time zones

Kind of fun. Branden Rishel mapped just the time zones. No borders or countries for context. In case you're confused and want to know where these lines come from, BBC…

Make a map poster of anywhere

Map posters are easy to come by for major cities. But if you want one for a less densely populated area of the world, you might be out of luck.…

Pluto reflectance map: Whale and the Donut

Using images taken by New Horizons between June 27 and July 3, this is the latest NASA map informally named the Whale and the Donut. Now, use your imagination here…