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Cynthia Brewer profile

Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts).…

Your life on Earth

The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data…

A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a…

Map of book subjects on Internet Archive

The Internet Archive makes millions of digitized books available in the form of scanned pages, and these books are categorized into thousands of subjects. Focusing…

How basketball rebounds work

Kirk Goldsberry, with help from Andy Woodruff, looked at how rebounds work in the NBA from a statistical perspective. When a player shoots the ball…

Equal population mapper

We know that there are more people per square mile in some places than others, but it can be a challenge to understand the magnitude…

Road grid orientation in major cities

This is what you get when you group streets by their geographic orientation and color them accordingly with a neon paintbrush. From the ever curious…

Geographic smell maps

Kate McLean, a PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, is interested in the senses. More specifically, the non-visual ones.…

10,000 League of Legends matches, all at once

League of Legends is an online, free-to-play game that pits two teams of five against each other. The goal is to destroy the other team's…

Ebola spreading, a simulation

As a way to understand the deadliness and spread of Ebola, the Washington Post runs a simplified simulation of how long it's likely to take…

Skateboard physics

Aatish Bhatia, a recent physics PhD, describes the forces involved to do a skateboard Ollie. It's all about managing your center of gravity and applying…

Interracial and same-sex marriage parallels

xkcd doing what xkcd does. Randall Munroe charts a brief timeline of interracial and same-sex marriage, through the lens of popular approval and population.…

Real cities drawn as fantasy maps

Remember that time you were sitting by the fire reading The Lord of the Rings and thought to yourself, "Gee golly. I sure wish I…

Big chicken

From Vox and research from Zuidhof et al., chickens are quite big these days. The one on the left is a breed from 1957. The…

Beer family tree

With Anheuser-Busch InBev rumored to have an interest in acquiring SABMiller and SABMiller trying to acquire Heineken, David Yanofsky for Quartz had a look at…

Open source mapping lab

Mapzen focuses on building open source mapping components for developers. We design things that can be provided as a service, but don't have to be—tools…

Flooding risk cartogram

As you may or may not know, climate change could bring with it other effects besides our average days getting warmer. Flooding is one of…

Drones programmed for light painting in the sky

What do you get when you put LEDs on a system of drones and then program them to fly in formation? Spaxels from the Ars…

No Ceilings highlights progress towards gender equality

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative from the Clinton Foundation, aims to highlight progress towards global gender equality using data. To understand where…

Quartet point cloud

This is beautiful to watch. Graham Roberts, Daniel J. Wakin, and others from the New York Times, along with OpenShades, sat down with the Kronos…

Hand-drawn, detailed city maps

Maps can be about a lot of things, from strictly geography and location down to the individuals who reside in an area. Illustrator Jenni Sparks…

How search works

Google explained the process of a web search with a scrolling infographic. Might be old news for some, but the layout and flow work nicely,…