Visualization

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

Facebook privacy options untangled

People are up in arms about Facebook’s new privacy policies, partly because some information was forced into public view and partly because there are so many settings that figuring out…

What America spends on food and drink

How much more (or less) money do you spend on groceries than you do on dining out? Bundle, a new online destination that aims to describe how we spend money, takes a look at the grocery-dining out breakdown in major cities.

Interview: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg

Andrew interviews Fernanda and Martin about their new venture Flowing Media, visualization, and their amazing taste in adjectives.

Field guide to fanboys

PCWorld provides a handy field guide to help you spot fanboys in the wild.

Driving habits and gas prices shift into reverse

High unemployment has meant less people driving to work, and less consumer spending means less freight moving across the country. As a result, the path appears to swing in the opposite direction.

The path to successful infographics

Most people don't know what actually goes into a good infographic. There's a lot more to it than just the design. There's research, analysis, and fact-checking that you have to do long before you open Illustrator. Sarah Slobin, from the Wall Street Journal, explains how to create successful infographics.

Dreaming in numbers

Cristobal Vila, inspired by, well, numbers and nature, Vila animates the natural existence of Fibonacci sequences, the golden ratio, and Delaunay triangulation. Watch it. Even if you don't know what those three things are, the video will rock your socks off.

Nutritional facts redesigned

Nutrition facts labels are uniform across products, but let's imagine for a second that you could do whatever you want, just as long they showed certain bits of information. FFunction takes a stab at redesigning the standard milk carton under this premise.

Evolution of Facebook privacy policies

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo about Facebook’s newly installed privacy policies. It started out very closed, to just university students, and has expanded its reach, especially over the past…

Streamgraph code ported to JavaScript

Lee Byron open-sourced his streamgraph code in Processing about a month ago. Jason Sundram has taken that and ported it to JavaScript, using Processing.js.

Tracking the oil spill

For those following the status of the oil spill, the New York Times provides a map tracking the spread. Press play to get the day-by-day. The oil is currently spreading…

How men and women label colors

Along the same lines of Dolores Labs’ color experiment, Randall Munroe of xkcd reveals the results of his color survey. He took a slightly different approach though. Here are some…

Major wood pallet fires?

I put this up only because I had no idea wood pallet risks were such a hot topic. No pun intended. Of course, if you compare number of pallet fires…

Planets make sweet music together

SolarBeat is an audiolization by Whitevinyl that makes music with the planets. Each planet is assigned a note. As the planets orbit, a note is played each time a year…

Cultural colors of emotion and character

Some colors represent different things in different parts of the world, while others are universal. For example, in movies, villains are almost always portrayed in black and passion is going…

Seeing the art in cartography

In much of the same spirit of the recent Cartographies of Time, the BBC is running a series on The Beauty of Maps. They’ve got two branches. The first is…

Connections among Twitter employees

Because you can never get enough Twitter visualizations, Jason Stirman takes a look at the tweets among Twitter’s first 140 employees. It’s called 140 Characters [pdf]. Ha. Get it? Much…

Review: indiemapper makes thematic mapping easy

It’s finally here. Indiemapper brings easy and flexible thematic mapping online. I’ve been looking forward to this app ever since I got a glimpse of what was to come over…

Discuss: Powerpoint is the enemy?

In reference to the above, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, leader of the American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, joked during a meeting, “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won…

Tax brackets over the past century

Stephen Von Worley’s Weather Sealed is one of my new favorites. In his most recent graphic, income tax brackets for individuals are displayed.…

Air traffic rebooted in northern Europe

Air traffic has returned to normal levels in northern Europe, and planes fill up the sky once again. Ito world, who has been doing some great stuff lately, visualizes the…

Conversational Twitter threads visualized

Add another piece to the ever-growing list of Twitter visualizations. What makes Moritz Stefaner’s Revisit different is that it focuses on the conversational threads between Twitter users over time. Tweets…

Trustworthiness of beards

Matt McInerney of pixelspread describes the trustworthiness of the people behind their facial hair. You better be careful when I’m around. I’m questionable, border-line unsavory. Don’t worry though. I’m not…

A guide to geostatistical mapping with open-source tools

Mapping with R and other free and open-source programs feels clunky and hacked-together at times. The plus-side is that it’s all for free, and once you find the time to…

Local neighborhood infographics

Good Mag put on an infographic contest not too long ago that asked people to design around the idea of neighborhood. Any neighborhood would do, just as long the focus…

A flowchart to decide what typeface to use

A typeface can make or break your graphic. Use Comic Sans, and no one will take you seriously ever again. Luckily, graphic designer Julian Hansen put together this flowchart for…

Clothing color palette

Jacobo Zanella makes a color palette every day, based on the clothes he’s wearing. I observe the colors of the shoes and clothes I wear that day, how much skin…

Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline

I don’t often give in to impulse buys, but I just ordered Cartographies of Time, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be well worth the thirty bucks.…

Gay marriage timeline

The Los Angeles Times reports on the chronology of gay rights in the United States. States are colored from fewest to most rights for same-sex couples. “Fewest” means the state…

The Ash Cloud and Airport Shutdowns

In case you’re following the craziness going on over Europe due to that pesky volcano in Iceland, The New York Times provides a tracker for airport closures. The train stations…