Visualization

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

Antibiotic history and the winning bacteria

We take antibiotics. Bacteria dies, but some lives, evolves and develops a resistance to the antibiotic. To better understand why this is such a problem, Keith Collins for Quartz provides…

Visual breakdown of additives in food

In their book Ingredients, Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger explore additives in common foods with pictures of the actual ingredients: Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and…

Shakespeare tragedies as network graphs

Martin Grandjean looked at the structure of Shakespeare tragedies through character interactions. Each circle (node) represents a character, and each connecting line (edge) represents two characters who appeared in the…

Atlas of United States history

In a collaboration between the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond and Stamen Design, American Panorama combines United States history, geographic mapping, and individual narratives to create a…

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

All known planets outside our solar system

Jan Willem Tulp, in collaboration with Visualized, shows all known exoplanets (currently 1,942 of them) and then filters down to the ones that are habitable. Astrobiology uses the Goldilocks principle…

Tour of a million stars

The Online Star Register takes you through a delightful view of a million stars. You can browse and gaze the sky, but be sure to “take a tour” via the…

Timelines show Star Wars character interactions

Remember when xkcd charted character interactions for fictional stories? Inspired by that and the upcoming Star Wars movie, Katie Franklin, Simon Elvery and Ben Spraggon made interaction charts for every…

Tinder robot behaves to palm sweatiness

Take all the guesswork out of finding “love” on Tinder, and let the True Love Tinder Robot by Nicole He swipe for you. Sensors measure your palm sweat and the…

All the roads that lead to Rome

As the saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome.” Folks at the moovel lab were curious about how true this statement is, so they tested it out. They laid a…

Blueprint for a carbon-free world

Getting to 100 percent renewable energy seems like such a far away goal at this point in time – which is why Mark Jacobson has a plan. Mark Jacobson, a…

Plant life cycle shows a breathing Earth

NASA mapped the annual cycle of all plant life on the planet in this animated map. Satellite instruments reveal the yearly cycle of plant life on the land and in…

Mass shootings count – Depends on your definition

With recent events, you’ve likely seen the articles and graphics that get into the number of mass shootings this year and further into the past. You might have noticed that…

Ant time-lapse shows movement patterns

Ant activity can seem mysterious at times. The pack seems to start out slow as a few head out in your house in search for food. Before you know it,…

Thanksgiving flight patterns

Millions of Americans will fly home this Thanksgiving weekend. (Based on my morning commute, the holiday already started a couple of days early.) Josh Katz and Quoctrung Bui for the…

Daylight Saving Time geography

Keith Collins for Quartz made an interactive that showed how much more daylight you get because of Daylight Saving Time. But it was generalized to a single location. Andy Woodruff…

Out-of-state gun purchasing

In states with stricter gun laws, firearms still find their way in. Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, maps by Gregor Aisch and Josh…

ASCII business report

Bloomberg put together their list of 50 companies to watch in 2016. For each business is a chart or graphic, and the whole thing is in ASCII text. And in…

What the world eats

Diets vary around the world. Fathom Information Design for National Geographic charted the differences between countries using data from FAOSTAT. Small multiples on the right panel provide a wideout view…

Missing votes in Congress

When members of the House of Representatives miss a vote, it is customary to provide a reason. ProPublica put together a database of these reasons, going back to 2007. The…

Average of faces in things

You’ve likely seen projects that take the average of people’s faces, but you probably haven’t seen the average of faces in inanimate objects. That’s what Robby Kraft did. No pictures…

Pale Blue Dot motion graphic

Joel Somerfield created this motion graphic to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot monologue. Good stuff: [via Brain Pickings]…

Motion graphics in Keynote

As an experiment, Linda Dong used Keynote, typically for your everyday slide presentations, to put together a motion graphic. The result does not look like it came from Keynote. The…

The Sun in ultra-HD

Daang, NASA. Using images of the sun taken in space, NASA constructed this super-detailed view of what the star looks like. In space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, keeps…

US boundary evolution

We saw a similar video of boundary development over the centuries before, but I like this one as a contrast to it. The first is really default-looking, whereas this one…

Past and future predictions of when the world will end

Wikipedia has a list of predicted dates for when apocalypse strikes, because of course it does. For kicks and giggles, Jeff Fletcher put the dates on a timeline. The horizontal…

Daylight you get from daylight saving

We recently fell back an hour with the end of this year’s Daylight Saving Time, and as per usual, we had to discuss why or why not we should shift…

Melting Greenland

This map-centric piece from the New York Times is good. They keep refining the art of storytelling with a mix of mediums and are clearly a step above the rest.…

Pythagorean theorem water demo

This is years old, but it still tickles the neurons every time. It’s a straightforward demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem, also known as With a right triangle, the hypotenuse squared…

Particles swirling in the atmosphere

Gavin Schmidt shows different types of particles that swirl around in our atmosphere: “Different kinds of particles are a different color,” explains climate scientist, Gavin Schmidt. “The easiest to see…