Visualization

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

American infrastructure mapped

I can always find time to enjoy me some minimal maps. Tim Meko for The Washington Post visualized American infrastructure in a series of six maps, from the electric grid…

Typeface interweaves words and graphs

Datalegreya is a new typeface by Fig that lets you intertwine a graph into the words. Datalegreya can be used in all contexts where small space is available to synthetically…

Actual deportation numbers

There was a lot of talk about deporting millions of illegal immigrants immediately, but as The New York Times shows, the actual number that could be deported is much less.…

in/ex troversion

Here’s a short illustrated animation on introverts and extroverts by Julia Rodrigues. This is basically me. I enjoy the company of friends and family, but I do feel like I…

Increasing diversity

Dan Keating and Laris Karklis for The Washington Post map the change in diversity since 2000. The color scale, shown in the top right, represents two things: level of diversity…

Visual collection of bird sounds

Different species of birds make different sounds. However, the sounds are so quick and compressed that it can be tough to pick out what is what. So Kyle McDonald, Manny…

History of Earth in the context of a football field

In the latest addition to the put-big-numbers-in-context genre, here’s the history timeline of our planet in the context of 100 yards.…

Dear Data headed to MoMA’s permanent collection

What started as a personal project and then turned into a book, Dear Data was a collaboration between pen pals through data. Now Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec’s work is…

What $100 buys in each state

A hundred bucks in one state doesn’t always get you the same thing in another. Using calculations by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, here’s a state map from The New…

Dialect book of maps

In 2013, Josh Katz put together a dialect quiz that showed where people talk like you, based on your own vocabulary. Things like coke versus soda. It’s a fine example…

Visual connections between art pieces

This is neat. A Google Arts & Culture Experiment, X Degrees of Separation shows a path of visual connections between two art pieces of your choosing. It’s like Six Degrees…

Showing uncertainty during the live election forecast

During the election, The New York Times showed a live gauge to show the current forecast for Clinton and Trump. It moved to show a 25th to 75th percentile band…

Data Sketches, a monthly visualization matchup

Data Sketches, a collaboration between Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu, aims to visualize a monthly topic in two different ways. Each month, we choose a topic and aim to have…

Peaks and valleys of presidential support

This is some fine map work by Lazaro Gamio and Dan Keating for the Washington Post. It shows total votes and margin of victory for each county with a peaks…

Randomness of scientific impact

A group of researchers wondered if there was a trend or predictability for when a scientist’s most impactful work came about. It’s random.…

Nuclear war is on the ballot

Neil Halloran, creator of the interactive World War II documentary focused on deaths, is working on another focused on the cost of nuclear war. With the election tomorrow, Halloran pushed…

All the ways to map election results

Every election, there’s a slew of election maps that come in all shapes and sizes. The maps have evolved with the web, the amount of data available, and the level…

Impact of Obamacare in maps

It’s been three years since the Affordable Health Care Act. Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui for The Upshot look at how this changed the percentage of those who were uninsured…

Vintage cartography and geography documentary, from 1961

This is too good not to watch. It’s a 1961 documentary on cartography and geography from the United States Air Force. Watch in all its vintage glory below.(You might want…

Visualizing the U.S.-Mexican border

There’s been a lot of talk about building a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border lately. Seems straightforward enough, right? Just put some bricks up and be done with it. Well,…

Ad spending for Clinton and Trump

Adam Pearce for the New York Times charted ad spending for Clinton and Trump, starting 20 weeks out from the election up to present. I like the John McCain, Mitt…

Trump bar chart baselines are the worst baselines. Sad.

The Donald Trump campaign has a habit of highlighting poll results with a bar chart that just shows the top portion. The bottom baseline fades away somewhere or the values…

Composite photos of airplanes in flight

Photographer Mike Kelley visited airports around the world, took pictures of airplanes leaving, and then pieced the photos together in a series of composite photos. The result was Airportraits. A…

Visions penned by the 18th century king of Prussia

Past Visions, a visual archive of Frederick William IV’s, shows thousands of drawings penned by the Prussian king. Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795 – 1861) left a collection of…

Tron-style slippy map

Mapzen just released a Tron-style slippy map. Today we introduce TRON version 2 as a fully realized Mapzen house style, rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the…

All the Harry Potter spells, when they were used

I often stare far into the distance and ponder world’s greatest questions — like when specific spells were used in the Harry Potter books. No longer. This straightforward chart by…

Century of Florida hurricanes

Florida has seen a lot of hurricanes come and go. Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post looks at all the hurricanes that made their way towards the state over the…

Doctors’ political leanings

Based on data from researchers at Yale, the Upshot charts party registration by medical profession. Surgery and anesthesiology lean Republican, whereas psychiatry and infectious disease leans Democrat. As Margot Sanger-Katz…

Hurricane Matthew en route

Stay safe, Florida.…

Classical music visualized

Artist Nicholas Rouguex visualized some musical scores in his project Off the Staff. I can’t read music but I can parse it. The talent of reading music has always escaped…