Visualization

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

Watching the growth of Costco warehouses

Costco is one of the best stores ever. It’s got everything you need in gigantic volumes and more, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled on some store…

Entire movies compressed into single barcodes

Choice of color in a movie can say a lot about what’s going on in a scene. It sets the mood, changes the tone, indicates a change in point of…

Well-being of the nation mapped

Analyzing Facebook and Twitter updates to gauge happiness is all the rage these days, but Gallup has been doing it old school for the past three years. Every day, Gallup…

Countdown to the end of Internet Explorer 6

If you’ve ever designed for the Web, you know what a pain it is to get your work to look right in Internet Explorer 6. It’s outdated, and it’s not…

Vincent van Gogh paintings as pie charts

Arthur Buxton breaks down van Gogh paintings for a view of color schemes. My instincts tell me you are either loving this or hating it like the black plague. [Arthur…

Most typical person in the world

Continuing their series on world population, National Geographic focuses in on the “most typical” person in the world. The above image is an artist’s rendering of the average face computed…

Lego cartograms show immigration and migration

LEGOs were my favorite toy growing up. This was back when the pieces came in buckets rather than the instruction-filled Star Wars sets that we see nowadays, so it was…

German defense minister’s plagiarized PhD dissertation visualized

As some of you might know, Germany’s defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, resigned yesterday after admitting that he plagiarized his PhD dissertation. Pitiful, I know. Gregor Aisch visualized Guttenberg’s dissertation,…

March Madness bracketology – winners and losers

Working off last year’s bracketology graphic, Leonardo Aranda took a simpler approach in showing all the winners and losers from the NCAA tournament from 1985 to present. Each line represents…

Global Android activations mapped and animated

iPhone gets all the glory, but there are plenty of Android phones activated every day, worldwide. This quick visualization (below), from the Android Developers themselves, shows just how that growth…

Visual evidence that movies are getting worse

Moki takes a page out of the OkCupid social media playbook and analyzes movie ratings over the past two decades. They looked at the 20 most popular movies for each…

Painting with light to show WiFi networks

WiFi is everywhere, floating and whirling around us somehow, but where is it really? In Immaterials: Light painting WiFi, Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen use a rod…

True size of Vatican City

We saw the true size of Africa, relative to the world’s largest countries, by Kai Krause last year. Taking it in the other direction, xefer shows the true size of…

Data visualization meets game design to explore your digital life

The list of one-off applications that visualize your digital life, whether it be your Twitter feed, Facebook updates, or Foursquare checkins, has been growing for a short while. Ben Cerveny…

Who drinks the most around the world?

What and how much people drink depends a lot on what country you’re in or what culture you’re exposed to. Personally I grew up in a low-alcohol family. It’s not…

America is not the best at everything

Charles M. Blow has a look at some metrics for the International Monetary Fund’s “Advanced economy” countries. As Americans, we like to think that we’re the best at everything, but…

Every baseball game and play since 1951 on your iPad

If you love baseball and have an iPad, you need Pennant, a project by Steve Varga. The app lets you explore every game and play since 1951. See the numbers…

Components of the global water cycle

NASA briefly explains the water cycle: Water regulates climate, predominately storing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Water in the ocean and atmosphere carry heat from the…

A visual guide to eggs

I can’t resist. It’s about food and those chickens are just so cute. View the full guide to eggs on culinaut.…

History of the dunk contest complete with videos

Here’s something to chew on while you wait for the 2011 slam dunk contest to get a move on already. It’s a score history of all of the dunks from…

The Grammy winning sales bump

A Grammy win is worth way more than a little trophy and some short-lived fame. It’s worth actual cash. As shown in this graphic by Wilson Andrews and Mike McPhate…

England crime map comparisons

After a sluggish launch by police.uk to unleash local crime data, the Guardian and Doug McCune teamed up to provide a tool that lets you compare crime rates in different…

National Broadband Map shows how connected your community is

To encourage the integration of broadband and information technology into local economies, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (with some help from Stamen) now provides an exploratory tool for broadband…

Data in a physical context

We’ve seen this sort of thing before, but it doesn’t ever seem to get old. Peter Ørntoft takes some data and puts it into physical context: The project deals with…

Exploratory treemap for Obama’s 2012 budget proposal

It’s that time of year again. Obama recently released his 2012 budget proposal for how to allocate $3.7 trillion. It’s complicated no doubt, but Shan Carter and Amanda Cox of…

Reading the face of IBM’s Watson

Tonight on Jeopardy, the first day of the IBM Watson challenge, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will go up against IBM’s super computer in the historic match of man versus…

City traffic visualized as blood vessels

Pedro Cruz puts a twist on the traditional map approach to visualize traffic in Lisbon as blood vessels: In this work the traffic of Lisbon is portrayed exploring metaphors of…

A study of iPad usage via fingerprints

As we all know, the iPad has changed how many people interact with online content as well as provided interaction designers with a new vehicle to mess around in. Your…

Gamers mimic the real life football season

As you might expect, people who play sports video games tend to play with teams when those teams are winning in real life. Anyone who plays online via their Playstation…

Looking for other livable planets

Jer Thorp, who has a knack for creating stuff that’s both useful and beautiful, continues his string of impressive work with this visualization for Boing Boing (video below). It shows…