Visualization

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

A study of the geographic forms in cartography

Cartographer Geraldine Sarmiento from Mapzen explores the drawing forms in cartography, such as…

Mapping happiness

Gallup surveyed Americans about their well-being across various factors. National Geographic gets into…

Statistical diversity in US newsrooms

If a news organization wants to talk about the world in a fair…

Map of Santa Rosa fires

Using both satellite images and ground surveys, The New York Times maps the…

US electricity sources map

This interactive map from CarbonBrief shows how America generates electricity. Each circle represents…

Darkness mapped in Puerto Rico

Three weeks in, much of Puerto Rico is still without power. Denise Lu…

Frequency trails chart explainer

Frequency trails, or currently better known as joyplots, is a visualization method to…

Math to fix gerrymandering, explained in comic

Gerrymandering doesn’t sound like an especially sexy topic, but it’s an important one…

Visualizing nonlinear stories

Many stories don’t follow a linear format. There are flashbacks, or multiple timelines…

Logos drawn from memory

Signs asked 150 people to draw famous logos — Apple, Starbucks, Burger King,…

LaVar Ball trolling to the top, through a tweet count lens

I didn’t know who LaVar Ball was, and suddenly, it was non-stop sports…

Triangulate a picture

Triangulate, a fun tool made by Michael Freeman, lets you upload a picture…

How fake data goes viral

BuzzFeed describes how an article on Daily Mail — that falsely reported claims…

Nine rounds a second sonified

The New York Times used sonification along with a dot plot to demonstrate…

Mass exodus at human scale

Big numbers are too abstract in our minds to fully understand the scale…

Grid map variations

Grid maps are a useful way to show state-level data, as they give…

Given your income, most beneficial tax breaks

With the release of the Republican proposed tax plan, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Kevin…

LEGO world map

Check out this five-foot long LEGO world map. [W]e wanted to have a…

Time map shows locations based on how long it takes to get there

With the premise that we often search for locations based on how long…

Thermal structure of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico. This visualization by Joshua Stevens at…

Visual narrative of six asylum seekers

We often visualize migration and people movement as lines that go from point…

Computer uses wind to mine cryptocurrency and then fund climate research

HARVEST is an art piece by Julian Oliver that consists of a 4G-connected…

Aviation tracker with depth

I’ve grown bored of maps that show commuter traffic, but for whatever reason,…

Tour of Saturn through Cassini, the satellite that crashes on Friday

About two decades ago, the Cassini satellite headed towards Saturn and has been…

Landsat satellite imagery browser

Downloading and viewing satellite imagery is a bit of a process. There are…

Comparing the strength of Hurricane Irma against previous hurricanes

For perspective, The New York Times compares the strength of Hurricane Irma to…

Mortgages in terms of years of working life

Buying a house is often confusing and complex, compounded by a dollar sign…

Thirty years of hurricanes

After their graphic for thirty years of floods, Axios follows up with thirty…

Cost of Hurricane Harvey

Kevin Quealy for The Upshot charted the estimated cost of Hurricane Harvey, along…

Everyday thresholds visualized in dramatic fashion

This is a fun one that’s weirdly suspenseful. Everyday thresholds, like the slow…