Visualization

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

Network visualization shows transitions between states

If you think of network visualization as a collection of nodes and edges, you typically get a bunch of circles and lines that vary in width to represent volume or…

Gender pay gaps for major U.S. occupations

As we all know these days, there exists a gender pay gap across most major professions in the United States. The Wall Street Journal charts the average differences for 446…

Kung fu particles

Using motion capture methods, Tobias Gremmler collected movement data for two kung fu masters. Then he visualized the results with various interpretations, such as particles, fabric, and scaffolding. Pretty: [via…

History of Sumo charted

Sumo has a long history that goes back centuries. Unlike most things that old though, there are detailed records of tournaments and wrestlers, which allows a comparison over the years.…

Spiraling global temperature chart

Global temperature is on the rise, as most of us know. Ed Hawkins charted it in this spiral edition of temperature over time. Spiralling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation)…

Atlas of Emotions, a collaboration with the Dalai Lama

Emotions are complex and only partially understood, yet such a force in how we live our lives. The Atlas of Emotions, produced by Stamen Design, shows what we know about…

NFL draft pick quality for your team

Despite what commentators and sports analysts might have you think, picking great players in a sports draft is full of uncertainty. A player might be great in college, but the…

Algorithms for the Traveling Salesman Problem visualized

The Traveling Salesman Problem is a popular puzzle that asks for the shortest route between a set of points such that you visit each point once and end up back…

Music timeline plays through decades of top songs

The Year that Music Died from Polygraph is an animated timeline that shows the Billboard top 5 songs since 1956, all the while playing the top song during a given…

School district spending, against national average

Wrapping up their week-long School Money project, NPR asks: Is there a better way to pay For America’s schools? The story leads with the chart above, which shows per student…

Lower socioeconomic status linked to lower education attainment

The Upshot highlights research from the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis that looks into the relationship between a child’s parents’ socioeconomic status and their educational attainment. Researchers focused on…

Mapping words to parts of the brain

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers monitored brain activity in seven people while the subjects listened to two hours of stories from the Moth Radio Hour. The researchers then used…

Change in the British diet, since 1974

From the Open Data Institute, an interactive looking at diet data made available by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. “The British diet has undergone a transformation in the…

Global shipping in a narrated interactive map

We’ve seen maps for global shipping routes before, but this project — Ship Map — by Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute makes the exploration more interactive and explanatory.…

Slavery in the United States, by decade

Mapping slavery from a historical perspective is a challenge, because many old maps and estimates are at the county level. Boundaries changed and counting methods changed, which provides for variation…

Here’s how a neural network works

Daniel Smilkov and Shan Carter at Google put together this interactive learner for how a neural network works. In case you’re unfamiliar with the method: It’s a technique for building…

“Well that escalated quickly.”

This is the trend line from Google Trends for “Well that escalated quickly.” I know there’s a perfectly good reason for the sudden rise, but I prefer not to know.…

School district spending per student

NPR is running a series on spending and school districts and all its complexities with government funding and whether or not more money even helps. They start with a map…

Interconnectedness of the galaxies

A group of researchers are studying how all the galaxies in the universe are connected, network-style.…

Titanic sinking in real-time

Visualization of time is usually about compression so that you can see more in less minutes. This animation, however, shows the Titanic sinking in near real-time, over 2 hours and…

Stephen Curry 3-point record ridiculousness

Stephen Curry made 402 three-pointers this regular season, which is ridiculous. Gregor Aisch and Kevin Quealy put the record into context showing just how much far ahead of others Curry…

Every Kobe Bryant shot charted

In celebration of Kobe Bryant’s final game, the Los Angeles Times charted all 30,699 field goals threw up over his twenty-year career. A tour feature takes you through some of…

Virus trading cards

Eleanor Lutz made some trading cards — for viruses. To make the 3D animations I used UCSF Chimera, a free molecular modeling program. When scientists discover a new protein structure…

Balance the Trump and Cruz tax plans

The tax plans of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump might seem fine if you don’t think about the actual values. Tax cuts. Less government spending. But then it gets tricky…

Rising death rates for white women

Overall life expectancy continues to increase, but looking at it from the other end — mortality rates — show different trends for different groups, especially women who live in rural…

US surveillance flight paths for the FBI and Homeland Security

Peter Aldhous and Charles Seife dug into flight path data, specifically looking for flights manned by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The government’s airborne surveillance has received…

A visual recreation of the Porsche driving experience

This is beautiful work by digital art and design studio onformative. They recreate the driving experience with racing data from various tracks.…

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…