Visualization

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

All the roads that lead to Rome

As the saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome.” Folks at the moovel lab were curious about how true this statement is, so they tested it out. They laid a…

Blueprint for a carbon-free world

Getting to 100 percent renewable energy seems like such a far away goal at this point in time – which is why Mark Jacobson has a plan. Mark Jacobson, a…

Plant life cycle shows a breathing Earth

NASA mapped the annual cycle of all plant life on the planet in this animated map. Satellite instruments reveal the yearly cycle of plant life on the land and in…

Mass shootings count – Depends on your definition

With recent events, you’ve likely seen the articles and graphics that get into the number of mass shootings this year and further into the past. You might have noticed that…

Ant time-lapse shows movement patterns

Ant activity can seem mysterious at times. The pack seems to start out slow as a few head out in your house in search for food. Before you know it,…

Thanksgiving flight patterns

Millions of Americans will fly home this Thanksgiving weekend. (Based on my morning commute, the holiday already started a couple of days early.) Josh Katz and Quoctrung Bui for the…

Daylight Saving Time geography

Keith Collins for Quartz made an interactive that showed how much more daylight you get because of Daylight Saving Time. But it was generalized to a single location. Andy Woodruff…

Out-of-state gun purchasing

In states with stricter gun laws, firearms still find their way in. Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, maps by Gregor Aisch and Josh…

ASCII business report

Bloomberg put together their list of 50 companies to watch in 2016. For each business is a chart or graphic, and the whole thing is in ASCII text. And in…

What the world eats

Diets vary around the world. Fathom Information Design for National Geographic charted the differences between countries using data from FAOSTAT. Small multiples on the right panel provide a wideout view…

Missing votes in Congress

When members of the House of Representatives miss a vote, it is customary to provide a reason. ProPublica put together a database of these reasons, going back to 2007. The…

Average of faces in things

You’ve likely seen projects that take the average of people’s faces, but you probably haven’t seen the average of faces in inanimate objects. That’s what Robby Kraft did. No pictures…

Pale Blue Dot motion graphic

Joel Somerfield created this motion graphic to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot monologue. Good stuff: [via Brain Pickings]…

Motion graphics in Keynote

x As an experiment, Linda Dong used Keynote, typically for your everyday slide presentations, to put together a motion graphic. The result does not look like it came from Keynote.…

The Sun in ultra-HD

x Daang, NASA. Using images of the sun taken in space, NASA constructed this super-detailed view of what the star looks like. In space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO,…

US boundary evolution

We saw a similar video of boundary development over the centuries before, but I like this one as a contrast to it. The first is really default-looking, whereas this one…

Past and future predictions of when the world will end

Wikipedia has a list of predicted dates for when apocalypse strikes, because of course it does. For kicks and giggles, Jeff Fletcher put the dates on a timeline. The horizontal…

Daylight you get from daylight saving

We recently fell back an hour with the end of this year’s Daylight Saving Time, and as per usual, we had to discuss why or why not we should shift…

Melting Greenland

This map-centric piece from the New York Times is good. They keep refining the art of storytelling with a mix of mediums and are clearly a step above the rest.…

Pythagorean theorem water demo

x This is years old, but it still tickles the neurons every time. It’s a straightforward demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem, also known as With a right triangle, the hypotenuse…

Particles swirling in the atmosphere

x Gavin Schmidt shows different types of particles that swirl around in our atmosphere: “Different kinds of particles are a different color,” explains climate scientist, Gavin Schmidt. “The easiest to…

Stock trading game

Bloomberg Business has an interesting stock trading game with a simple premise. A time series line starts at the beginning of a stock’s life and runs its course all the…

Evolving LEGO color palette

DaveE from the Brickset Forum was curious about the changing LEGO color palette, so he looked at newly released bricks over the years and charted the color results. I would’ve…

Water scroller

Here’s a nice scroller from Katie Park for the Washington Post. It shows dwindling water levels in major reservoirs in California. At its core, there’s only a handful of data…

Value of body parts for injured workers

A detailed look at the state where companies can write their own workers' compensation plans.

Monopoly pieces to show presidential funding

According to the New York Times, 158 families funded about half of the presidential campaigns so far. With great effect, the Times used Monopoly house and hotel pieces to show…

A timeline of history

“I wish there was a timeline browser for all the historical events documented on Wikipedia, from the Big Bang up to present,” you thought to yourself. Well look no more.…

Network Effect overwhelms with data

Network Effect by Jonathan Harris and Greg Hochmuth is a gathering of the emotions, non-emotion, and everyday-ness of life online. It hits you all at once and overwhelms your senses.…

Superhero HR dashboard

Talent Lab is an application for human resource professionals to evaluate a work force. (I’m going to pretend that sentence didn’t make me feel slightly dirty.) To demonstrate, they put…

Human side of executions

On one side, a person is scheduled to die. On the other, the person did horrible things. It's complex.