Visualization

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

Mapping what your neighborhood used to look like

In part of their initiative to get young and old people to hang out, We Are What We Do, in collaboration with Google, built Historypin. The map application invites people…

Who participates online, by age

Arno Ghelfi for Businessweek reports on who’s doing what online, separated by age. The grid aesthetic totally works for the Internet theme, which can feel robotic and bit-wise at times.…

Modern history of human communication

With the announcement of Google Voice for everyone, the big G describes the history of human communication in the graphic above – and consequently, how Voice is the next step…

Facts and figures of London life

Field Design takes a look at a day in London: LDN24 is a new public art installation for the Museum of London. It draws filmic impressions and the facts and…

Imported World Cup players

The World Cup is an event where countries from all over the world compete, but what about the teams themselves? Players may play for a single country, but many are…

Texting volume during World Cup matches

I love how major sporting events can captivate an entire country or region, especially when there’s the data to show the collective pulse. We saw it during the Canada-United States…

Education crisis explained in motion graphics

Buck, in collaboration with TakePart and An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, describe the education crisis in America in motion graphics for upcoming documentary, Waiting for “Superman”. Watch the video…

Music animation machine

Anyone can listen to music, but how can you see it? The Music Animation Machine plays music (ancient MIDI files) and displays it in real-time. On the vertical are notes…

Wireless networks in the physical world

For the most part, you go about your day-to-day with little knowledge of all the bits and networks you walk past or intersect with. Designer Timo Arnall visualizes these wireless…

How to beat Mario Brothers 3 in 11 minutes

I think it took me a few months to beat Super Mario Brothers 3 on Nintendo. Follow the directions in this graphic, and you should be able to beat it…

Taxonomy of the iPhone

Ben Millen diagrams the reach of the iPhone in our everyday lives: These are not maps in any conventional sense, but rather diagramatic representations of the interconnected space of technology,…

What America spends on gas and auto

In a follow-up to their graphic on what America spends on food and drink, personal finance site Bundle, with the help of Nicholas Felton, looks at money spent on gas…

Graphical data fiction

We like to talk about the stories in data. They are the information and meaning in the numbers, and are meant to represent truth. Artist Kim Asendorf turns this around…

Free kick mechanics explained

I know next to nothing about soccer (a.k.a. football), but I gotta admit this Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match is more exciting than I thought it’d be. I can’t say…

Profitable sweet spot for startups

Gosh, it’s so easy. I’m going to be rich. Get the strategic sweet spot and the three ingredients down, and you’re set for life.…

Glasses: the ultimate image changer

This is hilarious and uber creative advertising. If I wore glasses, I’d totally buy from these guys.…

Meet iPad’s competition

Light on the data, heavy on the aesthetics. Super pretty by Section Design. [via]…

Facebook cultish insignia

When asked to take off his hoodie during D8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was incredibly reluctant and broke out into a serious sweat. After a bit of coaxing, however, Zuckerberg…

Visualization underneath the surface

Moritz Stefaner of Well-formed data gives thought to propositional density as it pertains to visualization. There are two kinds. The first is surface propositions, which are straightforward statements about what…

Turning information into action – 10 Tactics

Tactical Tech, the group that brought you Maps for Advocacy and Visualizing Information fo Advocacy, has taken it up a notch with their release of 10 tactics for turning information…

Where Americans are moving

Jon Bruner of Forbes reports that more than 10 million Americans moved from one county to the other in 2008, based on data from the IRS. The above interactive map…

Evolution of the World Cup ball

With the World Cup in full swing, the New York Times has been rolling out its World Cup-related graphics so you can stay on top of all the matches. They’ve…

Physics of oil spills explained

What exactly is going on with all the oil spewing into the Gulf, biologically speaking? MSNBC explains in a series of graphics: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has released millions…

History of the United States in a circle

Presidential Costs by Rachel Mercer offers a look at the history of the United States: The outer circle illustrates presidential periods, the governing party, and whether or not the President…

Landscape chartspotting

We saw math principles in nature. Now how about charts? Andy Woodruff does some sniffing around in Google Maps to find charts in rural landscapes. Above, you’ve got your polar…

Twitter parade in your honor

This is completely useless in the good sort of way. Twitter parade, by KDDI, takes your followers and throws a parade for you. You can also enter a keyword instead…

Stanley Cup winners and losers

Speaking of sports most Americans know nothing about, Robby Macdonell visualizes NHL Stanley Cup competitors in his experiment with HTML5. The interactive shows winners and losers since 1927. Teams are…

Interactive World Cup schedule

I was born in and live in the United States, so to me football is a bunch of big guys in full armor trying to tackle each other. To the…

Context to underwater depths

The Deepwater Horizon well is nearly a mile deep in water. It extends 3.5 miles. It’s hard to imagine these depths of the ocean though since most of us have…

Strata of common and not so common colors

In another look at the data from xkcd’s color experiment, Stephen Von Worley looks at the common and not so common colors of the rainbow: The Color Strata includes the…