Visualization

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

Where people swear in the United States

Cartographer Daniel Huffman has a look at swearing in the United States, according to geocoded tweets: Isolines are based upon an interpolated surface generated from approximately 1.5 million geocoded public…

Growth and usage of foursquare in 2010

Foursquare has a look at their usage in 2010. I bet you were sitting there wondering how many peopled named Wendy checked in at Wendy’s during the year. It was…

Explore your LinkedIn network visually with InMaps

LinkedIn has been having some fun with their data lately. They opened up the career tree a couple of months ago, and today they announced InMap to visualize your links…

Visual analysis of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design has a look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and why it was so good: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech…

Flight safety-esque beer pong guide

It’s Friday. You might need this vintage-looking guide on how to play beer pong by Mel Marcelo. Remember not to use a lawnmower, a skull, or a toaster, and you…

State of Wikipedia, 10 years later

In their most recent video (below) to their “State of…” series, JESS3 takes a look at the State of Wikipedia: The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history…

How Starbucks’ new Trenta compares to your stomach

Starbucks recently announced their next size up from 591-milliliter Venti: the Trenta. It’s 916 milliliters, which happens to be slightly more than the average capacity of the human stomach, as…

Open thread: Is this map too confusing?

This map, a collaboration between Good and Gregory Hubacek, shows three metrics from the most recent American Community Survey by the US Census: high school graduates, college graduates, and median…

Size of the Universe

Because you can never get enough videos to remind you how tiny you are compared to the rest of the world. Catch the video below. And a good MLK day…

In investing, timing is everything

When you invest in stocks, it’s not just what you invest in, but also when you put the money in and when you get it out. The New York Times…

Haiti’s earthquake in context

Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 was by far the most devastating in a long time. There were an estimated 222,570 casualties as a result. However, as Peter Aldhous shows in this…

Aerial photos of destruction in Haiti, one year later

In memory of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti one year ago on January 12, 2010, the New York Times shows aerial photos of Port-au-Prince from GeoEye and Google in…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above.…

Price and adoption timeline of gadgets

New gadgets, from Web-connected TVs, to smartphones, to Fax machines, always seem to start expensive and then decrease in price a few months later. We all know this. But by…

Visualizing deletion discussions on Wikipedia

Fact is not always clear cut. Sometimes fact is driven by opinion. People might have conflicting points of view or maybe the truth is simply unknown. We can see this…

Football supporter map of London

Map of London colored by what team the majority supports. Not much of a soccer… ahem, sorry, football fan. Accurate? [QPRdotorg via We Love Datavis]…

Our changing world in cartograms

In this series of interactive cartograms, FedEx shows our changing world (and I guess, how they are changing with it) through a variety of worldwide demographics such as access to…

Physics of dynamic braking in slow motion

When you slow down your car, energy dissipates into the air as heat. What if your car could instead make use of that energy? Your car could run that much…

Map of North American English dialects and subdialects

Rick Aschmann has made a hobby out of studying and mapping North American English dialects: This is just a little hobby of mine, that I thought might be interesting to…

7 billion people in motion graphics

National Geographic argues a need for balance across the world population in the latest motion graphic video. As is usually the case with these, the video hits you with a…

Delicious mass exodus

On news that Delicious is on Yahoo’s sunset list, thousands of people decided it was time to take a look at simplified competitor Pinboard. The much lower blue area is…

The Dow Piano audiolizes the stock market in 2010

CNNMoney audiolizes the stock market in 2010 with the Dow Piano. Each day’s closing level determines the pitch played, and trading volume determines how loudly a note is played. Welcome…

The real Inception flowchart by Nolan

Inception was a complex film, so there was understandably some confusion over the levels and who was where. A couple of flowcharts tried to explain, but there was still some…

Old map shows slavery in the United States

In 1864, drawing on the most recent 1860 Census data, the United States Coast Survey issued this choropleth map depicting counties with relatively high slave populations. President Lincoln was seen…

Dynamic sculpture brings weather into airport

eCLOUD, conceived by Aaron Koblin, Nik Hafermaas, and Dan Goods, displays weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via specialized liquid crystal displays, suspended from the ceilings…

Facebook status updates: young people are self-centered and old ramble

The Facebook Data Team had a quantitative look at status updates by age and content: The chart on left confirms the typical stereotypes about younger and older people. Younger people…

Minimalised consumer products

Antrepo wonders what it might be like if the labels on consumer products were stripped of all their flare and were to go semi-minimal and completely minimal. Obviously some of…

Comparison of the largest stars

You’ve most likely seen a couple of views of the universe to provide a sense of scale. Main point: you’re tiny. Here’s another video. This one focuses on star sizes.…

Worst and best commutes in America

I grew up in a relatively small city where it took no more than fifteen minutes to get where I needed to go. When I went to college, the public…

Choreography of the skies shows flight paths

We’ve all seen Aaron Koblin’s Flight Patterns, so we know that there’s a certain rhythm to air traffic. GE, who has an aviation branch that designs engines, takes a more…