Visualization

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

Flyover Country app tells you about the ground beneath as you fly

Before your next flight, road trip, or hike, download the Flyover Country app available for Android and iPhone. The app tells you information about where you are at any given…

Changing river path seen through satellite images

Sedimentary geologist Zoltan Sylvester downloaded Landsat data using Earth Explorer and strung together images of the Ucayali River to see the changes over thirty years. Thanks to the Landsat program…

Coastline across the ocean, from where you’re standing

A couple of years ago, Eric Odenheimer wondered: If you stand on the beach looking out to the ocean and traveled straight until you reach land, what country would you…

Weather data basket weaving

“Weather data is this endless box of LEGO pieces that arise every day. It’s always a different box.” Sculptor Nathalie Miebach makes these ornate baskets based on weather data.…

Tarot cards for complex network concepts

Peter Dodds teaches a course on complex networks, and he put together a set of tarot cards to illustrate concepts. Fun. P.S. You can also watch the entire lecture series…

Regional news coverage around the world

Popular news topics change depending on where you are, as what’s important to some isn’t so important to others. Unfiltered.news from Google’s Jigsaw team shows what’s covered everywhere. Every day,…

Counting the numbers in the news

Truth & Quantity by Gregor Hochmuth is what happens when you strip out all context from an NPR newscast and only look at the numbers. Every day at 8am and…

How people read books

Jellybooks is an analytics company that evaluates how people read book, in a similar fashion in how a company like Netflix evaluates how customers watch shows.…

Greater access to clean water

National Geographic, in collaboration with Bestiario, looks at the improving accessibility to clean water around the world. In 1990, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN set a…

Simulation shows why polls don’t always match future results

With election season in full swing, as far as the news is concerned at least, we get to see poll after poll in the beginning of a voting day and…

Basketball shot charts, make your own

Based on data from the NBA stats API and using the visual layout popularized by Kirk Goldsberry, Todd Schneider gives you BallR, made with R and Shiny. BallR lets you…

Send map tiles to 3-D printer

Mapzen, which offers a vector tile service, made Tile Exporter, so that you can search the world and 3-D print your favorites.…

Hurricane simulations show severe flooding in Houston

In 2008, Hurricane Ike blew just past the Houston Ship Channel, “home to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.” Had Ike touched down on the area, the damage could’ve been far…

Cell reception on the subway, mapped

Daniel Goddemeyer and Dominikus Baur grew interested in cell reception while on the New York subway: In recent years, the MTA has started to equip select stations with WiFi and…

Super Tuesday simulation to show uncertainty

As we know, there are various outcomes during election season, with uncertainty in each round. The Upshot is currently using a simulation to show the expectations of tonight. These estimates,…

Impact of Best Picture Oscar nomination on profit

I think the general assumption is that getting an Oscar nomination for Best Picture has a direct effect on profits. Krisztina Szucs put together a straightforward interactive that shows this…

Possible paths for a Trump nomination loss or win

It pains me to imagine a time when Donald Drumpf earns a Republican nomination. There are a number of ways he can get there, but there are a number of…

Code as microorganism

Taking a step beyond 2-D glyphs, Codeology depicts GitHub user activity based on what they have contributed as 3-D objects made of ASCII characters. The application pulls data from GitHub’s…

How much warmer your city was in 2015

It was hotter in 2015 than any other year ever. K. K. Rebecca Lai for the New York Times shows just how much hotter it was in your city. Simply…

Social network of Earth’s plants and animals

Plants and animals interact with each other to stay alive, which in turn forms complex systems. I think the Lion King covers the system simplistically in song-form at the beginning…

Supreme Court shifts in power

The Upshot has been doing a good bit on the Supreme Court dynamics after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In their latest, Alicia Parlapiano and Margo Sanger-Katz look at…

Who marries who, by profession

People with certain professions tend to marry others with a given profession. Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell for Bloomberg Business were curious. When it comes to falling in love, it’s…

International impact of China’s economic slowdown

China’s economic slowdown means a major decline in imports from other countries, which leads to significant effects in these areas. The Guardian takes a look. The vertical axis represents lost…

Galaxy of cover songs

A fun one from Interactive Things that shows cover songs with a galaxy metaphor: The panorama view shows the 50 top songs as individual planetary systems with the original work…

Taxi ride volume during Super Bowl key moments

A high percentage of Americans are glued to the television or party sample platter during the Super Bowl each year, which is especially obvious if you go anywhere without a…

Wind prediction and potential power

As we use up current energy resources, it grows more important to look to alternative energy sources. Wind is one potential area, but the problem is that one has to…

Small multiples for NBA game differentials

Adam Pearce charted minute-by-minute point differentials for NBA games during the 2014-15 season. To squeeze distribution in, I had to make a couple of trade offs. Instead of being able…

Sum of life’s parts

What if you relived life’s activities in big clumps? Thirty years of sleeping in one go. Five months sitting on the toilet. Based on David Eagleman’s Sum: Forty Tales from…

Same source, different styles

Jaakko Seppälä drew ten comic characters, each in its original style and in the style of the other nine. It’s like the same source material can be shown and seen…

Satellite time-lapse of Earth

Charlie Loyd, who works with satellite imagery at Mapbox, put together a 12-second time-lapse of Earth using a day of data from Japan’s weather satellite Himawari-8. The experiment is called…