Visualization

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

Emotional arcs for inaugural addresses

Inaugural addresses come in different flavors, with different messages and purpose. Periscopic passed video of the ten most recent speeches through the Microsoft Emotion API to estimate emotion from each…

Public versus experts, gun control

With this scatterplot, Quoctrung Bui and Margo Sanger-Katz for The Upshot describe where experts and the public agree and disagree on gun control. Basically, whether it’s the best or not,…

Immersive digital waves to visualize nature

FLOW is an interactive art installation by Maotik that represents real-time weather data in the form of digital tides and waves that fill a room. I used 11 parameters to…

Language in 2016, seen through Google Search Trends

People go to Google to find information about things, and when new words appear or grow popular in a language, search trends typically reflect the growth. This scrolly and interactive…

Mixing cartography and landscape drawing

Artist Matthew Rangel hikes cross-country and through the mountains, exploring and drawing along the way. He then mixes his drawings with maps and photos from history for unique results and…

Draw the patterns of Obama’s presidency

A couple of years back The New York Times asked readers to draw on a blank plot the relationship between income and college attendance. It was a way to get…

History of data visualization

I have an affinity for new things designed as old things, so this brief history of data visualization by RJ Andrews hits the spot. I have placed cartoons representing important…

Balloon maps

There was a time when the best way to get a view from above was to hop into a hot air balloon, which eventually led to the so-called “balloon map.”…

National Geographic Infographics, the book

Infographics devolved a bit in recent years, but there was a time the term wasn’t immediately associated with content marketing. (And there is still plenty of good infographic work that…

Going local on gun violence

Sometimes data can look really noisy when you zoom in close, and so you zoom out to get a better look at an overall trend. Sometimes it goes the other…

Football catches visualized

It’s always fun to go back to sports articles and graphics that were a lead-up to a game the day after. The newest addition: this graphic from The New York…

Giant map for inauguration planning

In planning for the upcoming inauguration, the U.S. military is using a giant multi-part rollout map to do walkthroughs. Yep.…

Change in rain, 2016

In some areas of the United States it poured down rain, which caused historic floods, and in other areas there was a lack of rain, which caused historic drought. The…

Looking for America’s heartland

By definition, heartland is some central place of importance of a country. But ask people where to find America’s heartland, and the actual boundaries of this so-called area grows fuzzy.…

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

U.S. culture through TV show geography

Map who “likes” television shows on Facebook, by ZIP code, and you get a good idea of cultural boundaries. This is what Josh Katz for the Upshot did for 50…

Where people use certain words

Nikhil Sonnad for Quartz mapped the top 100,000 words used in tweets. Search to your heart’s content. The data for these maps are drawn from billions of tweets collected by…

Map of New York City shadows

Shadows cast by buildings affect the feel and flow of a city, and lack of sunlight can change aspects of daily living, such as rent. In a place like New…

Following the carbon dioxide

This animated visualization from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows a model of carbon dioxide swirl around the planet, “using observations from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite.”…

Listen to radio around the globe

Here’s a fun piece called Radio Garden. It’s exactly what the title says. Pan the globe and listen to live radio at all the green dots.…

Houston flooding on the rise

Climate change is doing some weird stuff. What were once rare weather events could grow more common. ProPublica and The Texas Tribune zoom in on Houston, where there’s likely to…

Electoral college and state population representation weights

By design, the electoral college and population don’t quite match up state-by-state. This results in a lower ratio of electoral seats to people for the higher populated states and a…

Random states of America show changing election outcomes

Geography and state borders play a big part in how elections play out and where candidates campaign. Neil Freeman demonstrates with a map that generates random state boundaries. This interactive…

New region boundaries based on commutes

Geographers Alasdair Rae and Garrett Nelson used commuting data from the American Community Survey to identify “megaregions” in the United States: The emergence in the United States of large-scale “megaregions”…

An average life as interpretive dance

BuzzFeed used interpretive dance to describe the average age of the milestones in our lives, from birth, losing the first tooth, marriage, and death. The data points serve more as…

Physical demo of how all maps are wrong

We’ve seen many one-off projects that show the distortions you get when you project a map. There’s just no avoiding them, when you convert a 3-D object onto a two-dimensional…

Detailed time-lapse of everywhere on Earth

A few years back, Google released a time-lapse feature in Google Earth that let you see change through satellite imagery. They updated the feature last week. It’s more detailed and…

Food patterns

Food trends come and go. Some stay longer than expected, and others come back a certain time every year. With their new project, The Rhythm of Food, Google News Lab…

American infrastructure mapped

I can always find time to enjoy me some minimal maps. Tim Meko for The Washington Post visualized American infrastructure in a series of six maps, from the electric grid…

Typeface interweaves words and graphs

Datalegreya is a new typeface by Fig that lets you intertwine a graph into the words. Datalegreya can be used in all contexts where small space is available to synthetically…