Visualization

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

Swing vote effects explored with swingometer

With the 2010 UK elections coming up, the Guardian explores possible outcomes, given a certain amount of swing votes. Three views are provided: a grid map (above), your traditional geographic…

Best place to catch a cab? Try Bloomingdale’s

Matthew Bloch, Ford Fessenden, and Shan Carter continue the New York Times geographic sexiness with their recent interactive, mapping taxi flow across Manhattan over time. The scroll up top lets…

Edward Tufte on his White House appointment

Edward Tufte was officially appointed to a White House advisory role a few weeks ago. Tufte, along with other experts like Ben Shneiderman, have been providing input for the last…

Location check-ins during South by Southwest

Location-aware apps are the hot topic nowadays, and with all the tech-oriented people congregating at South by Southwest, there was a whole lot of checking-in to be done, especially with…

Map and report data with InstantAtlas

As you know, there’s this big wave of transparency going on right now, and many organizations want to do more than just post a bunch of spreadsheets. They actually want…

Mapping GitHub – a network of collaborative coders

GitHub is a large community where coders can collaborate on software development projects. People check code in and out, make edits, etc. Franck Cuny maps this community (with Gephi), based…

Japan, the strange country, in motion graphics

Design student Kenichi Tanaka animates the history of Japan for his final thesis project. He pokes fun at his culture a little bit there in the beginning, yeah? I feel…

March Madness Bracketology

The Final Four is just about here. Who’s going to win it all? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but what we can do while we wait is examine who’s…

Wear the weather as a bracelet

We all know that data is the new sexy, so it’s only natural for data to find its way into jewelry. This weather bracelet represents a year of temperatures and…

What your email says about your finances

This graphic shows average debt categorized by email provider. Average age for Gmail users is 33 and 47 for Comcast. Yeah, that sounds about right.…

The Growing Plague that is Spam

Spam sucks. We all hate it, but no matter how good the filter, something always seems to get through. Want some cheap Vi4gr4? I can tell you where to get…

Poll: What do you mostly use visualization for?

We use visualization for a lot of different things, and its purpose varies person-to-person. Some use it to report the news. Others use it purely for analysis and decision-making. Some…

March Madness by the numbers

I didn’t fill out my bracket this year, so it’s not nearly as exciting for me. I don’t think that’s stopped thousands of bars across the country from cleaning house…

Notes from Interactive Infographics #interinfo #sxsw

Yesterday was the Interactive Infographics panel at South by Southwest, and if Twitter is any indication of how it went, I’d say the panel had a captivated audience. I wouldn’t…

Use your skills to help others

Designer Christopher Harrell talks about, with a dose of various embedded graphics, pointing your skills toward something good. Harrell’s video was one of the winners in the What Matters to…

Statistical Atlas from the ninth Census in 1870

In 1870, Francis Walker oversaw publication of the United States' very first Statistical Atlas, based on data from the ninth Census.

Challenge: Let’s do something with these 3-D pyramids

The government recommends a diet for healthy living, but there are billions of dollars of lopsided subsidies. Interesting point. Funky presentation.

Review: We Feel Fine (the book) by Kamvar and Harris

We Feel Fine, by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris, is a selection of some of the best entries from the database of 12 million emotions, along with some insights into the growing dataset.

What burger chain reigns supreme?

In a follow up to his McDonald’s map, Stephen Von Worley of Weather Sealed maps the dominating burger chains across the United States. McDonald’s obviously has a stronghold in a…

Canada: the country that pees together stays together

EPCOR, the water utility company that runs the fountains up in Edmonton, Canada released this graph yesterday. It’s water consumption during the Olympic gold medal hockey game, overlaying consumption of…

Looking Inside a Bus Routing Algorithm

In an effort to put transit data from the Toronto Transit Committee to better use, MyTTC provides a trip planner to help you find the best route from point A…

Edward Tufte will serve on Recovery Independent Advisory Panel

Big news for all you Edward Tufte fanboys and girls. He will be joining the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel who will advise The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. The Board’s…

How Genetics Works

Simple yet effective. Any questions? [via 9gag | Thanks, Barry]…

Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores

FloatingSheep, a fun geography blog, looks at the beer belly of America. One maps shows total number of bars, but the interesting map is the one above. Red dots represent…

The State of the Internet

From JESS3 is this video on the state of the internet. It’s essentially a barrage of numbers, but it’s fun nevertheless and it’s got some interesting morsels in there.…

Olympic musical – how fractions of second make all the difference

Like everyone, I’ve been watching the Olympics, and it continues to amaze me how hundredths of a second can make up the difference between a gold medal and nothing at…

News Topics as Social Network

All news is connected in some way or another. News Dots from Slate shows just that. News Dots scans all articles from major publications—about 500 stories a day—and submits them…

Evolution of Olympic Pictograms

Every Olympics since 1936 has had a series of pictograms (i.e. icons that look like restroom signs) that represents the events.

Challenge: make this graph easier to read

The Economist discusses the return of big government and includes this graph showing total government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. Is there a better way to represent the time series?

An Exploration of Biological Records

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has a growing database of 50,000 records of specimens collected over the past 150 years. Bestiario explores this data in their biodiversity treemap and…