Visualization

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

Breathing Earth of vegetation

Using data from NOAA STAR, Nadieh Bremer creates a breathing Earth that shows the seasonal cycles of vegetation over the course of a year. The animation happening in the map…

Gerrymandering game shows you how it works

Gerrymandering is the practice of manipulating boundaries in such a way that favors a political party. If you slice and group in various ways, you can end up with different…

Life expectancy by state, against the US average

FiveThirtyEight continues their look at mortality by geography. This graphic by Anna Maria Barry-Jester compares life expectancy over time for each state. Purple means below average and orange means above.…

X-Ray of the oceans

Using satellite data and spatial models, researchers estimate human influence in the ocean. Darker means more impact. Two-thirds of the ocean shows increased strain from human-related factors, such as fishing…

Most popular colors used by most popular sites

Paul Hebert was curious about the colors used on the web’s larger sites, so he scraped the top ten ranked by Alexa. Then he plotted the colors in the stylesheets.…

Sandwich alignment chart

By @matttomic, this chart speaks to me.…

YouTube plays for ‘It’s Gonna Be May’

It’s that time of year again. Turn up the volume and blast It’s Gonna Be Me by NSYNC. No one will judge you.…

Life expectancy if all diseases were magically cured

Here’s a fun what-if simulation that imagines a world where all natural causes of death were gone. People only die of things like car crashes and homicide. The result: people…

Mapping death in America, 1980 to 2014

Nationwide mortality data relies on death certificates, and when cause of death is unknown, sometimes “garbage codes” are used to fill the space on the form. This leads to unwanted…

How disinformation spreads in a network

Disinformation is kind of a problem these days, yeah? Fatih Erikli uses a simulation that works like a disaster spread model applied to social networks to give an idea of…

NFL draft performance vs. expectations

Reuben Fischer-Baum for The Washington Post looks at professional football expectations given their draft picks versus performance.…

Stephen Curry for MVP, because he makes his teammates better the most

The choice for Most Valuable Player in the NBA is only minimally about the numbers, but it’s fun to look anyways. FiveThirtyEight makes the case for Stephen Curry. I particularly…

Solar System in a bottle

From Little Planet Factory, a Solar System in a bottle made to scale: A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system…

California looks green again

In case you didn’t hear, California had a bit of a drought problem for the past few years. We complained about not enough rain constantly, and we finally got a…

Why momentum works

Gabriel Goh models momentum over at the new machine learning journal Distill. The visualization is not the focus, but it’s a nice supplement to help explain more complex concepts to…

Shift in world’s night lights

NASA recently released composite images of the Earth at night based on 2016 data, which was a follow-up to similar images for 2012. John Nelson compared the two, specifically looking…

Senators and Reps whose voting doesn’t quite match the constituent’s

I know, it’s only April 2017, but some senators and representatives have some extra planning to as they figure out how to persuade midterm voters to re-elect them when the…

Finding the craft beer capital of America

You had me at craft beer. Russell Goldenberg for The Pudding looks for the capital based on three factors — number of breweries, quality of breweries, and location — under…

New images of Earth at night

NASA just released a composite map of the world at night using satellite imagery from 2016. This is the first nighttime map since 2012, but the team behind the work…

Climate Change Coloring Book

The Climate Change Coloring Book by Brian Foo makes data tactile and interactive. “The goal is to encourage learning, exploration, and reflection on issues related to climate change through act…

A century of facial hair styles

Facial hair styles change with the years. One year it might be more fashionable to be clean shaven and another year the trend might veer towards big beards. Reddit user…

Challenges of visualization in industry

The most recent Data Stories episode with Elijah Meeks is worth a listen if you visualize data at work, want to visualize data for work, wish your work would value…

A story of humanity in the pixels of a Reddit April Fool’s experiment

On April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a blank canvas that users could add a colored pixel every few minutes. It ran for 72 hours, and the evolution of the space…

Listen to soundtrack based on FedEx shipment tracking

FedEx (yes, the shipping company) put up an interactive piece that audiolizes a package’s journey, based on its origination and where it passes through. Either put in your own tracking…

Best infographics in the news

The annual Malofiej Awards is the big one for infographics in the news. The 25th one just passed, and you can browse all the winners here. There’s a lot of…

National precinct map

Mapping at the precinct level of detail is tough because there isn’t a central place where all the geography files reside. If you want a national precinct map, there’s going…

Time-lapse of community-edited pixels

For April Fool’s Day, Reddit ran a subreddit, r/place, that let users edit pixels in a 1,000 by 1,000 blank space for 72 hours. Users could only edit one pixel…

Pianist eye tracking

What does a pianist look at while playing? Put a pair of eye tracking glasses on a professional while he plays. Then compare to a student.…

Visualization as skill set or stand-alone profession

Jumpstarted by Elijah Meeks asking why visualization people are leaving the field for less visually-centric industry jobs, there’s been ample discussion about data visualization’s role in companies. This naturally leaks…

Looking for more affordable homes and better schools in the suburbs

Families often move out of the city to the suburbs for more affordable housing (or more space) and better schools for the kids. Quoctrung Bui and Conor Dougherty for The…