Visualization

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

Overhaul of New York subway map

The ever-popular New York subway map is getting some work done, and will reveal itself with its first major redesign in over a decade: The new subway map makes Manhattan…

Iraq and Afghanistan casualities, home and away

In a collaboration between CNN and Stamen Design, Home and Away offers a sobering view into casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, since 2001. On the left is a map that…

Current tracks and visualizes memes

It’s not easy keeping up with what’s going on around the Web. Trending topic here. Another topic there. Zoe Fraade-Blanar, a graduate student at NYU ITP, hopes to lessen the…

Elastic Lists code open-sourced

Moritz Stefaner, whose work we’ve seen a few times here on FD, just released his code for Elastic Lists (in Actionscript). For those unfamiliar, Elastic Lists builds on the idea…

World atlas of Flickr geotaggers is maptastic

In a different look to the let’s-map-geotagged-photos idea, photographer Eric Fischer maps picture locations of major cities in the world. The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken…

Map of where toursists flock

Bluemoon Interactive, a small codeshop, maps touristiness, based on uploads to Panoramio, a site where people share photos of their favorite places. Yellow indicates high touristiness, red is medium touristiness,…

Most influential people on Twitter – Cosmic 140

Information Architects just released their annual Web Trends Map, but it’s not about the subway and URLs this time around. Instead, it focuses on the 140 most influential Twitter users…

Fake filming locations of Paramount Studios

This might shock you, but many movies are not filmed on location. Yeah. Sometimes they’re filmed in completely different countries. Sorry, but it’s time you knew. This map from Paramount…

Tour of advanced visualization techniques

Jeffrey Heer, Michael Bostock, and Vadim Ogievetsky provide a good overview of some of the more advanced data visualization techniques in ACM Queue: This article provides a brief tour through…

Twitwee the Twitter cuckoo clock

I love it when data, or in this case, tweets, finds itself in physical objects. There’s no reason data needs to stay plastered on our computer screens. Embed in the…

Senate and House races are on

I’m not proud of this, but I know very little about what’s going on with these 2010 midterm elections. The New York Times just put up their election maps on…

Design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

In 1934, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater, a house built partly over a waterfall. A couple of years ago, Smithsonian Magazine listed Fallingwater as one of the 28…

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 ViƩgas 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…