Visualization

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

Computed screen time for men and women

In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically, in contrast to the more crude measurement of script lines.…

Mississippi drainage

Horace Mitchell for NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio mapped the massive drainage basin that is the Mississippi Watershed. The Mississippi Watershed is the largest drainage basin in North America at 3.2…

Explore the stars with this interactive Star Mapper

Jan Willem Tulp, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, produced the ESA Star Mapper. It shows nearly 60,000 stars in a combination of different scales and projections. Be sure…

Oceans absorbing heat

It keeps getting hotter on this planet, and the oceans are absorbing most of the heat. Tim Wallace for the New York Times shows several decades of changes.…

xkcd: Earth temperature timeline

In classic xkcd-fashion, Randall Munroe timelines the Earth’s temperature, dating back to 20,000 BCE up to present. Slow changes, slow changes, history, slow changes, still slow changes, and then, oh…

Watch bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotic

Scientists at Harvard University setup the MEGA-plate, essentially a giant petri dish, with varying levels of antibiotic. Then they let the bacteria have a go, and you can see the…

Swing states are a relatively new thing

Here’s a fun one from the Guardian. They go over the change in political landscape, leading in with a map that shows states flip around like cards each election cycle.…

Serena Williams, greatest of all time

Serena Williams, who plays tonight in the U.S. Open semifinal, might be the greatest tennis player of all time. Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times provides a numbers rundown…

Radio station frequencies, by genre

In most areas in the United States, lower FM frequencies are reserved for non-commercial educational broadcasting, and the rest is for commercial broadcasting. (And suddenly, radio music availability during long…

More global warming, more flooding

Water levels are rising, and naturally, the coasts are feeling it. Jonathan Corum for the New York Times shows the rise in tidal flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.…

Oil fires in Iraq seen from above

Though far away, there’s still a lot you can see, as the NASA Earth Observatory notes: On August 17, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired an…

Dear Data, the book

For a year, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi drew data postcards and sent them to each other once a week between New York and London. Each postcard was based on…

Out of state, public education

Nick Strayer for the New York Times shows the flow of college freshman to other states for public education: Students have long traveled across state lines to go to selective…

Animal migrations in animated map

The Migrations in Motion map, by Dan Majka from the The Nature Conservancy, shows modeled animal migrations in North and South America. Researchers from University of Washington and The Nature…

Composite Olympic moments

One more Olympics-related piece for the road. The New York Times used photo compositing to show a handful of critical moments for individual athletes. The above is the Laurie Hernandez’…

Global terrain maps from Stamen

Missed this one from last month. Stamen announced the release of a whole lot of new terrain map tiles for around the world. Four billion of them. The original Terrain…

Heptathlon rankings with parallel coordinates

The Guardian covered the rankings for the women’s heptathlon, specifically how Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium pulled off a surprise gold. The main chart is a variant of a parallel coordinates…

Long-exposure bird flights

Using a long-exposure photography technique, Xavi Bou captured bird flight patterns in his series Ornitographies. Unlike other motion analysis which preceded it, Ornitographies moves away from the scientific approach of…

Every fastest man on one track

The New York Times has been pulling from the vault for this year’s Olympics, adapting previous graphics to current results. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With Usain Bolt…

Generate your own fantasy map

Martin O’Leary made a Twitter bot, Uncharted Atlas, that posts automatically generated fantasy maps. Recently, he described how these maps are generated and how you can do it yourself, complete…

Michael Phelps race times since his first Olympics

That Michael Phelps. He is a crazy man, in the best possible way. Derek Watkins and Larry Buchanan for the New York Times compare race times of young Michael Phelps…

Streamgraph of Olympic medal wins

Gregor Aisch and Larry Buchanan for the New York Times visualized Olympic medal dominance with a streamgraph for each event. Time is on the horizontal axis, and each stack represents…

Katie Ledecky domination charted

One of the best parts of the Olympics is watching an athlete from your country dominate the competition. Katie Ledecky is one of those athletes this year. Carlo Zapponi and…

What makes the Olympic athletes great

Rather than a focus on the events and their details, the New York Times looks at the individual athletes and the small things that make them great. It’s called The…

Games to test your skillz against Olympians, from your computer

The last couple of Olympics, news graphics desks went with gloriously detailed explainers about the intricacies of the main events. This year seems to be a bit different. The opening…

Star Trek character network

Star Trek fans rejoice. Mollie Pettit from Datascope Analytics visualized the interactions between all the characters in all the movies, series, and episodes. This visualization shows interactions between characters in…

An interactive look at handwriting recognition from 1960s

In the 1960s, the RAND corporation developed a handwriting recognition system using, well, technology available in the 1960s. Looking back on the system now, a lot of it still holds…

Small percentage of Americans actually picked Clinton and Trump

Alicia Parlapiano and Adam Pearce for the New York Times elegantly show a handful of percentages in this quick scroller. Nice, simple guidance through the values.…

One-year time-lapse of Earth

Time-lapse from space by NASA: On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency’s EPIC camera…

Continental drift, from 240 million years ago to present

Researchers modeled continental drift, going back 240 million years ago, on the scale of millimeters per year. It starts really slow and as if the supports give way to the…