Visualization

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

Trump bar chart baselines are the worst baselines. Sad.

The Donald Trump campaign has a habit of highlighting poll results with a bar chart that just shows the top portion. The bottom baseline fades away somewhere or the values…

Composite photos of airplanes in flight

Photographer Mike Kelley visited airports around the world, took pictures of airplanes leaving, and then pieced the photos together in a series of composite photos. The result was Airportraits. A…

Visions penned by the 18th century king of Prussia

Past Visions, a visual archive of Frederick William IV’s, shows thousands of drawings penned by the Prussian king. Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795 – 1861) left a collection of…

Tron-style slippy map

Mapzen just released a Tron-style slippy map. Today we introduce TRON version 2 as a fully realized Mapzen house style, rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the…

All the Harry Potter spells, when they were used

I often stare far into the distance and ponder world’s greatest questions — like when specific spells were used in the Harry Potter books. No longer. This straightforward chart by…

Century of Florida hurricanes

Florida has seen a lot of hurricanes come and go. Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post looks at all the hurricanes that made their way towards the state over the…

Doctors’ political leanings

Based on data from researchers at Yale, the Upshot charts party registration by medical profession. Surgery and anesthesiology lean Republican, whereas psychiatry and infectious disease leans Democrat. As Margot Sanger-Katz…

Hurricane Matthew en route

Stay safe, Florida.…

Classical music visualized

Artist Nicholas Rouguex visualized some musical scores in his project Off the Staff. I can’t read music but I can parse it. The talent of reading music has always escaped…

Map shows two-party presidential shifts since 1920

In an update to his two-party map, political scientist David Sparks shows the evolution of the two-party system across the country, since 1920. Red and blue. Keeps on moving.…

Finding the biggest busts and steals from NBA drafts past

Picking basketball players for a professional team is no easy task. College and high school players picked high in the draft might end up average in the NBA, and those…

Breaking the algorithmic black box

The general public kind of knows about data privacy issues. But not really. Or they know, and they’re willing to trade for the ability to share things easily on social…

Rise in income for the poor and middle class

We know that income increased by a lot in 2015, but for who? If it’s just the rich getting richer, then the rise doesn’t mean much for a lot of…

Shifting Clinton and Trump support for different demographic groups

Using data from their Washington Post-ABC News polling, the Washington Post compares shifting support for Clinton and Trump among several demographic groups. The presidential contest is often compared to a…

Food pictures taken with thermal camera

Thermal cameras, which use infrared to detect heat, provide images of temperature. Firefighters can use them to find people in smokey rooms, law enforcement can use them for surveillance, and…

Computed screen time for men and women

In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically, in contrast to the more crude measurement of script lines.…

Mississippi drainage

Horace Mitchell for NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio mapped the massive drainage basin that is the Mississippi Watershed. The Mississippi Watershed is the largest drainage basin in North America at 3.2…

Explore the stars with this interactive Star Mapper

Jan Willem Tulp, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, produced the ESA Star Mapper. It shows nearly 60,000 stars in a combination of different scales and projections. Be sure…

Oceans absorbing heat

It keeps getting hotter on this planet, and the oceans are absorbing most of the heat. Tim Wallace for the New York Times shows several decades of changes.…

xkcd: Earth temperature timeline

In classic xkcd-fashion, Randall Munroe timelines the Earth’s temperature, dating back to 20,000 BCE up to present. Slow changes, slow changes, history, slow changes, still slow changes, and then, oh…

Watch bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotic

Scientists at Harvard University setup the MEGA-plate, essentially a giant petri dish, with varying levels of antibiotic. Then they let the bacteria have a go, and you can see the…

Swing states are a relatively new thing

Here’s a fun one from the Guardian. They go over the change in political landscape, leading in with a map that shows states flip around like cards each election cycle.…

Serena Williams, greatest of all time

Serena Williams, who plays tonight in the U.S. Open semifinal, might be the greatest tennis player of all time. Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times provides a numbers rundown…

Radio station frequencies, by genre

In most areas in the United States, lower FM frequencies are reserved for non-commercial educational broadcasting, and the rest is for commercial broadcasting. (And suddenly, radio music availability during long…

More global warming, more flooding

Water levels are rising, and naturally, the coasts are feeling it. Jonathan Corum for the New York Times shows the rise in tidal flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.…

Oil fires in Iraq seen from above

Though far away, there’s still a lot you can see, as the NASA Earth Observatory notes: On August 17, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired an…

Dear Data, the book

For a year, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi drew data postcards and sent them to each other once a week between New York and London. Each postcard was based on…

Out of state, public education

Nick Strayer for the New York Times shows the flow of college freshman to other states for public education: Students have long traveled across state lines to go to selective…

Animal migrations in animated map

The Migrations in Motion map, by Dan Majka from the The Nature Conservancy, shows modeled animal migrations in North and South America. Researchers from University of Washington and The Nature…

Composite Olympic moments

One more Olympics-related piece for the road. The New York Times used photo compositing to show a handful of critical moments for individual athletes. The above is the Laurie Hernandez’…