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

Imagining alternative iPhone power sources

Lithium-ion batteries power the iPhone (among other things), but what if we could use a different power source like coal or diesel? With some back-of-the-napkin math, Jon Keegan for the…

London Underground rent map

In a straightforward map, Jason Allen for Thrillist replaced station names on the London Tube map with median rent prices for a one-bedroom apartment in the area. I’m sure someone…

Cost of mobile ads to the consumer

The ethics and future of ads to keep sites running is still up in the air. But one thing’s for sure: Ads and their trackers take up a lot of…

Scale model of the Solar System

x In most depictions of the Solar System, planets are drawn big enough to show details and placed side-by-side to show order. The scale of the planets and the space…

Fun in exchange for personal data

Sensible Data by Martin Hertig is an installation that asks what personal data is worth to you. Using a photo of you and an email, it gives you a self-portrait…

What probability means in different fields

Statistically, probability ranges from 0 to 1 — impossible to definitely without a doubt. Math with Bad Drawings characterized what those values mean in various fields of expertise. This amuses…

Classic 1939 book on graphs in its entirety

Willard Cope Brinton is credited as one of the pioneers of information visualization, and I just found out his 1939 book Graphic Presentation is available in its entirety at the…

Interactive explanation for how neurons work

Nicky Case made an interactive explanation of how neurons work. It’s part narrated video and part game. But the most important concept I wanted to introduce here was exposure therapy,…

Gravity visualized in physics demo

Properties of time and space using marbles and two large pieces of spandex sewn together in a classroom demonstration.

Power sources in each state

A clean and simple set of slope charts to show the change between 2000 and 2014.

City layouts in 3-D

They look like little cardboard cutouts.

Pascal’s triangle, not just a stack of numbers


Death in Syria counted

In a striking representation by the New York Times, a dot represents each life lost.

Automatic charts and insights in Google Sheets

So you have your data neat and tidy in a single spreadsheet, and it’s finally time to explore. There’s a problem though. Maybe you don’t know what to look for…

Way more trees than previously thought, new estimates show

There are a lot of trees on this planet.

Searching for stock market spoofers

A stepper from Bloomberg that explains how spoofers put in fake orders to game the market.

Maps to understand tennis

Damien Saunder, a cartographer at ESRI, likes to use mapping methods to evaluate tennis player patterns and tendencies. When I look at tennis, I see it moving on a grid.…

Weevmee: Your Instagram photos turned artistic images

Weevmee autogenrates a woven-like image, based on your Instagram photos. A lot of us are pretty into photographing our lives. We can look back at each individual image and it…

Be a tennis line judge: Interactive tests your skills

Watch video clips from the judge's point of view and try to make the call.

Immigrant America

A dot density map showing one dot for every 20 immigrants.

Square mile grid-ness of the United States

Named after the grid system Thomas Jefferson used to apportion land acquired through the Louisiana purchase, the Jefferson Grid Instagram account highlights remnants of the system through satellite shots from…

Minimum Wage Machine pays in pennies

Crank to earn a penny every 4.5 seconds.

Live cyber attack map

Norse monitors cyber attacks in real-time. This is their map of what’s going on. (All I hear is pew, pew, pew when I watch it.) [via Boing Boing]…

Subway complaints by station

This map of subway complaints in Madrid isn't geographically relevant to me, but the encoding scheme is interesting.

Making a hit song with Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex

A visual layer set on top of the video interview makes the feelings understandable.

Same BMI, different body

The index needs an information supplement.

Nuclear detonations from 1945 to present

There have been over 2,000 nuclear detonations since 1945. Orbital Mechanics mapped each documented test in animated form. It’s mostly about mood and the individual explosions. More journal-like, although not…

Mapped: Solar energy and savings if you got panels

Punch in your address. See how much you could save, based on a variety of data sources.

Disappearing Arctic reflected in National Geographic maps

In the most recent update to their atlas coming in September, National Geographic explains the shrinking Arctic through the lens of previous atlas maps. It’s not looking good.…

Possible float routes for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down a year ago, and with recently found debris that is possibly from the flight, researchers have a few more bits of data to work…