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Increasing rates of men who don’t work

Recent data from the Census Bureau suggests the rate of non-working men has increased. As more women go to work and more men stay at home to take care of…

Physical infographics

Photographer Marion Luttenberger used physical objects and people as her visual cues in lieu of digital bars and lines. The results are striking. Note: The annotation is in German but…

Book genres for visualization

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas from Google Research ran with the book metaphor for visualization in their talk at Tapestry 2014. Unlike some who bash projects that don't fit a…

Understanding segregation with a simulation

In 1971, Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling proposed that a desire to have neighbors of the same race — even a small percentage — can lead to segregation. The model…

Detailed visualization of NBA shot selection

Sports loves conditional distributions. What does Joe Billy Bob typically do against such and such team? How does play differ in wins and losses? And a lot of the data…

Make your own detailed tweet maps

Eric Fischer, known around these parts for his detailed dot maps, describes his process along with a code release. I've been tracking geotagged tweets from Twitter’s public API for the…

Motion Exposure

Motion Exposure, a photography project by Stephen Orlando, captures movement patterns with light. I'm fascinated with capturing motion through time and space into a single photograph. Using LED lights with…

Map print clothing

Monochome, a new service brought to you by Rachel Binx, lets you make custom clothes printed with maps. It's not just major cities though. No that's for chumps. Using OpenStreetMap…

Serial views

Like many, I've been listening to Serial every week, but I always just listened through my podcast app. So I missed this little bit from Adnan Syed way back in…

Pie chart pyramid

This pyramid pie chart just might take the pie chart humor crown from the amount-of-pie-eaten pie chart. (Who made this?)…

Elemental cartograms

Along the same lines as the scaled Periodic Table, Elemental Cartograms by chemistry professor Babak Sanii and his students lets you make your own scaled Periodic Table of Elements. Simply…

A scaled Periodic Table of Elements

Inspired by a diagram from 1976, the Big Picture group at Google Research built a Periodic Table where elements are scaled based on their use in the world.…

Detecting your face

Sterling Crispin reverse engineered facial recognition algorithms and produced masks that only kind of look human. Although the computer sees it differently. This research has resulted in the production of…

Why you feel bloated after holiday meals

Because that's what happens when you eat ten full plates of turkey and pie. However, Bonnie Berkowitz and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post go into some of the specifics…

Friends in Space

Part celebration of Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman to fly into space, and part social network above the clouds, Friends in Space by Accurat lets you follow Cristoforetti on…

Pianogram

This is what you get when you cross a histogram and piano keys to show note distribution of songs. It's the pianogram. View examples such as Fur Elise or the…

English versus Chinese color descriptors

Color exists on a continuous spectrum, but we bin them with names and descriptions that reflect perception and sometimes culture. We saw this with gender a while back. Wikipedia has…

Tracking global fishing through satellite data

Global Fishing Watch is an initiative to place some accountability on global fishing, an activity typically a challenge to track.…

Planets as fruit to show scale

I still don't understand the relative size of planets. The universe is too big and my sense of scale is too small to fathom such large numbers. I wish someone…

Earth-orbiting satellites, all of them

David Yanofsky and Tim Fernholz for Quartz visualized the satellites orbiting Earth. There's a lot of them. There are more than 1,200 active satellites orbiting earth right now, taking pictures,…

You, Me and My Computer

This talk that Lauren McCarthy gave at Eyeo is good. McCarthy, an artist and programmer, describes her work with the uncomfortable pauses during dates, technology as a way to change…

Casual visualization books for the coffee table

Since my son was born, it's been a challenge to focus on a single book for any prolonged amount of time. He's in perpetual motion, as my mom often likes…

Wireless networks translated to sound

Wi-fi is embedded in our everyday lives so much that we don't pay much attention unless it's not around. We've seen it translated visually a couple of times. But this…

Berlin wall of lighted balloons

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lightgrenze, translated to light border, places lighted balloons where the wall used to be.…

Ballet dance traces

Electronic Traces, by Lesia Trubat, tracks ballet movements and allows dancers to see the traces of their feet.…

Touchdown passing record

Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, passed up Brett Favre's career record of 508 passing touchdowns. Manning, currently at 510 passing touchdowns, is now setting his own records that…

Senate results maps

The New York Times pushed out super-detailed, precinct-level maps for the Senate election. The maps are also interactive, work well, and don't take forever to load. As my dad would…

Basketball shot

Todd Lindeman and Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post explored shooting patterns for last year's Washington Wizards.…

Most cited research papers

In the department of comparing large numbers to objects and situations that are slightly more relatable, this graphic from Nature explores citations in research. The bar on the left shows…

Relative size of astronomy stuff

Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with. Does this ever get old? The answer is no. Because measurements…