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Misc. Visualization

Average color of NYC skies, every five minutes

The color of the sky changes through the day and into the night and there are subtle differences every day with clouds, pollution, etc. Mike Bodge use this idea in…

Long-exposure air traffic

Terrance Chang shows us flight patterns at San Francisco International Airport using long-exposure photography so that over time, you can see where airplanes take off from and land. It's true.…

Make shaped word clouds with Tagxedo

Love 'em or hate 'em, tag clouds, or the more recent incarnation, Wordles, are everywhere (especially in slide presentations). Well, Wordle wasn't enough. I mean, you can't even make shapes…

Time-lapse of the night sky with the Very Large Telescope

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) in an array of four telescopes operated by European Southern Observatory, and together the array "can achieve an angular resolution of around 1 milliarcsecond, meaning…

A study of iPad usage via fingerprints

As we all know, the iPad has changed how many people interact with online content as well as provided interaction designers with a new vehicle to mess around in. Your…

Visual analysis of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design has a look at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" and why it was so good: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech…

Size of the Universe

Because you can never get enough videos to remind you how tiny you are compared to the rest of the world. Catch the video below. And a good MLK day…

Physics of dynamic braking in slow motion

When you slow down your car, energy dissipates into the air as heat. What if your car could instead make use of that energy? Your car could run that much…

The Dow Piano audiolizes the stock market in 2010

CNNMoney audiolizes the stock market in 2010 with the Dow Piano. Each day's closing level determines the pitch played, and trading volume determines how loudly a note is played. Welcome…

Find your flight via visual interface

Booking flights became so much easier when it all shifted online, but it hasn't changed in years. You put in your preferred dates and times and you get a long…

Conversation with Obama: track and ask questions on Twitter

President Obama will be answering questions live at a youth town hall today at 4pm EST, with livestreaming on MTV, BET, and CMT. He'll be taking questions from the audience…

Augmented reality atlas

The mockup examples are more cool factor than useful in this augmented reality book by Mark Lukas, but I'm sure an extra dimension could be of use somehow. I'm just…

The future of self-service banking

Too many slots. Too many buttons. Spanish bank BBVA and design consultancy IDEO rethink the ATM: ATMs were first introduced over 40 years ago and since then many features have…

Tracking firefly trails in the forest

Physicist Kristian Cvecek hangs out in the forest sometimes to take these beautiful pictures of firefly trails, using slow shutter speeds on his camera. Even better than the long exposure…

Real-time match display for the US Open

The tennis US Open is in full swing, and since you're at work, you probably need a way to keep up with all of the matches. In a collaboration between…

What different sorting algorithms sound like

Last month we saw sorting algorithms visualized in rainbow technicolor. Now, by Rudy Andrut, here they are auralized. This particular audibilization is just one of many ways to generate sound…

Icons of the Web scaled by popularity

Nmap visualizes site popularity as scaled icons. Favicons, that is. They're that little icon that shows in your address bar or when you bookmark a site in your browser. If…

Understanding Shakespeare with visualization

Shakespeare literature is confusing. That's not even an opinion. It's a fact. Stephan Thiel, for his B.A. thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, takes a wack at understanding…

Back-of-the-napkin personal financial advice

Carl Richards, a financial planner and a regular on The New York Times' Bucks blog, uses graphs and diagrams to explain personal finance. And as you know, sketches are always…

Need a new logo? Use this flowchart to decide

This flowchart from Watermark Design helps you decide if you need a new logo. Oddly enough all paths lead to Watermark's logo design services. That is unless you think designers…

Sorting algorithms visualized

This will be lost on many of you, but to the programmers this will make perfect sense. Basically, when programming, there are a lot of times when you have a…

Discuss: Powerpoint is the enemy?

In reference to the above, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, leader of the American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, joked during a meeting, "When we understand that slide, we’ll have won…