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Married couple tax bonuses and penalties

Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples.…

LEGO explainer: Taxes and income inequality

LEGOs make everything better. David Wessel for Brookings Institution explains how federal taxes play a role in decreasing the income gap. Each column an income quintile and each brick a…

A tall graphic to show Mt. Everest scale

Mt. Everest is a tall mountain. How tall is it?? Glad you asked. The Washington Post has a tall scrolling graphic to help you understand the scale of the world's…

Color use in paintings, by year

Martin Bellander saw some projects that extracted color from movie posters and trailers, and he grew curious about paintings. So he extracted and plotted the colors used in paintings over…

Cocktail construction chart

Remember that engineer's guide to drinks a while back? I think this one pre-dates it. But, the best part is that you can download it from the National Archives Catalog,…

California water use per capita, by district

Matthew Bloch and Haeyoun Park for the New York Times mapped, for about 400 water districts, how much water Californians use per capita on a daily basis. In some areas,…

Gallons of water to produce foods

With all the talk recently about how much water it takes to grow almonds, Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times took a quick look at home many gallons of…

Every Game of Thrones death

I hear there's a show called "Game of Thrones" on the T.V., where a lot of people die and there is much of the sex. Shelly Tan and Alberto Cuadra…

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters…

Map of global carbon emissions

Using data from the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kennedy Elliott for the Washington Post mapped average grams of carbon dioxide worldwide.…

Pac-Man Google Maps

You can currently play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Just go to some location and click the Pac-Man square in the bottom left corner, and you'll be running the local streets.…

Gay marriage legalized by state

Changes in gay marriage rights had changed slowly over the years, but more recently, many more states recognized same-sex marriage. Haeyoun Park for the New York Times reports, starting in…

Minimal landscape maps

Designer Michael Pecirno experiments with single-subject maps in his project Minimal Maps. No boundaries, just landscape.…

Rickrolling pie chart

From Finger Magazine a few years back, in the heyday of rickrolling and humor charts. Maybe some choose to forget this era, but I'm never gonna give you up, let…

Making better social media maps

Location-based data from social media can be interesting to analyze and map, but there are a lot of inherent challenges with the data. The main one, which designers often ignore,…

Gender gaps around the world

Ri Liu provides an exploratory view of gender gaps around the world through labor participation, parliament participation, and income. Be sure to try the sorting options, which help you pull…

A beard scale for baseball

There are a lot of beards and other types of facial hair in Major League Baseball. In case you're wondering how many and at what level, the Washington Post has…

Future of visualization

Jeffrey Heer, computer science professor and co-founder of Trifacta, describes the future of visualization in a short 10-minute talk. It's one where people aren't taken out of the analysis loop,…

Out-of-state commuters mapped

In a straightforward map, Seth Kadish shows the percentage of county residents who commute out of state, according to estimates from the American Community Survey.…

Traffic gridlock simulation

I hate all things commute- and traffic-related, and it's probably why I like to learn about what makes commutes painful. Maybe if I know more about what's happening, I won't…

Data drawing pen pals

Stefanie Posavec, known around these parts for her manual data design and Giorgia Lupi, known for constantly drawing and searching for complexity, are sending each other data postcards once a…

3-D chart for economy’s future

People like to poke fun at 3-D charts, mostly because they don't work or a third dimension just isn't needed. However, this chart by Gregor Aisch and Amanda Cox for…

Abortion policies, over time and by state

For a class project, Katie Kowalsky, Dylan Moriarty, and Robin Tolochko examined changes in abortion policy since Roe v. Wade in 1973.…

Equality for women and girls, 20-year report

In their continued work on the No Ceilings project, Fathom describes the current iteration of the site that shows 20 years of data, across hundreds of indicators.…

NCAA tournament bracket predictions

March Madness starts this week in the states, which means it's time for bracket predictions and picks. It's when everyone in the office puts in 20 bucks, makes their picks,…

Wearable data objects that represent air pollution

For the most part, air pollution is invisible, so Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick created data objects to help see and experience the stuff you breathe. The glasses above represent…

Bivariate choropleth how-to

Your standard choropleth map shows geographic areas colored by a single variable. You're reading this, so you've seen them before. What if you have two variables? Then maybe a bivariate…

Find the fastest flight between airports

Flight arrival and departure times are often thought of in terms of "on time" or "delayed." To determine the "best" airline, we look for the airline with the highest rate…

Health data breaches and fines

Sisi Wei and Charles Ornstein for ProPublica highlight reported data breaches to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that affected at least 500 people, since October 2009. Of…

Decline of workers’ compensation

Workers' Compensation, a promise to pay medical bills and some of your wages if you're injured on the job, has been been on the decline over the past decade. ProPublica…