Visualization

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

Is there something wrong with democracy?

Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, for The New York Times, answer the question…

Surprise, the world was warmer again in 2017

According to NASA estimates, 2017 was the second warmest year on record since…

Porn traffic before and after the missile alert in Hawaii

PornHub compared minute-to-minute traffic on their site before and after the missile alert…

Compare your fears against reality

From ABC News, this is a clever comparison between people’s worst fears and…

Musical hexagons

This is a fun ditty by Vasco Asturiano. I’m a little too far…

Mapping global accessibility to cities

From The Malaria Atlas Project, a global map of estimated accessibility to cities:…

Scale comparison of wildfires

The past few days in California has been non-stop rain, but the months…

Spotting rip currents

Rip currents are like hidden rivers near the shore that head out to…

Obliteration Room invited people to put dotted stickers everywhere

The Obliteration Room (2012) by artist Yayoi Kusama started as a blank white…

Where athletes in professional sports come from

Sports are growing more international with respect to the athletes. Gregor Aisch, Kevin…

Most popular GIFs used to express emotion in different countries

People often use animated GIFs to digitally express caricatures of emotion or reaction.…

Mapping perceived canopy tree cover in major cities

Treepedia, from the MIT Senseable City Lab, estimates perceived tree cover at the…

Time-lapse shows night sky at varying levels of light pollution

One of my favorite childhood memories is the time I went camping and…

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2017

It was a rough year, which brought about a lot of good work. Here are my favorite data visualization projects of the year.

Charting all the major California wildfires since 2000

Based on data from CAL FIRE, Erin Ross, for Axios, plotted California wildfires…

Getty Center fire resistance

Fire spread over Los Angeles, but the famous art works in the Getty…

Family displacements through urban renewal

Hundreds of thousands of families were displaced in the 1950s under “urban renewal”…

Ed Sheeran’s creative process explained with music visualization

The New York Times is back at it in explaining the creative process.…

Tax calculator that considers where you live

Here’s a different look at tax cuts and increases from Reuben Fischer-Baum for…

How your taxes will change

I’m pretty sure this is all that most people want to know. The…

Rumsey Collection with a data visualization subject tag

The David Rumsey Map Collection, known for its many browsable historical maps, now…

Multivariate map collection

I heard you like maps. Jim Vallandingham put together a collection of maps…

Disney-Fox market share

Disney is set to buy 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. I honestly…

Tracking ballet dancer movements

Research group Euphrates experimented with lines and a ballet dancer’s movements in Ballet…

Alabama voter demographics

Democrat Doug Jones won in the senate race against Republican Roy More last…

Data visualization for analysis and understanding complex problems

Enrico Bertini, a professor at New York University, delves into the less flashy…

Simulation shows swirling of smoke, sea salt, and dust around the world

NASA. Data. Good. Tracking the aerosols carried on the winds let scientists see…

Where students learn the most

Emily Badger and Kevin Quealy, reporting for the Upshot, highlights research from Sean…

Bomb contaminants where you live

Lena Groeger, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Abrahm Lustgarten, reporting for ProPublica with a…

High-detail landscape using lidar data

Lidar, which is like radar but with lasers instead of radio waves, can…