Visualization

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

Strata of common and not so common colors

In another look at the data from xkcd’s color experiment, Stephen Von Worley looks at the common and not so common colors of the rainbow: The Color Strata includes the…

Find your booty with Bing treasure maps

Maps on the major sites like Yahoo, Google, and Bing have a similar look. You’ve got your yellow roads, orange freeways, and green parks. Bing Destination Maps takes a different…

Where the tourists really flock

A couple of weeks ago you saw Eric Fischer’s maps of Flickr photos in major cities. The inclination was to think of the maps as a representation of tourist hot…

Review: Data Flow 2, Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Note: The review copy I received is in French. Unfortunately, I only understand English. So this review is actually my impression of Data Flow: Design Graphique et Visualisation D’Informations as…

Europe’s web of debt

While the US has its own problems with debt somewhere in the range of $13 trillion, European countries have got some issues too. It seems like everyone owes something these…

San Francisco crime mapped as elevation

Doug McCune maps San Francisco crime in 2009 as if it were elevation. Peaks and valleys emerge with the rolling terrains of crime. The above is the map for prostitution:…

Protovis 3.2 released – more examples and layouts

The most recent version of Protovis, the open-source visualization library that uses JavaScript and SVG, was just released not too long ago – this time with more layout and examples.…

Track the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

Excited about the 2010 MTV Movie Awards? Yeah, me neither. But if you want to keep an eye on things while you watch or do something else (you know, in…

How little musicians earn online

You’ve heard about the struggling musician. It’s a tough business. How tough is it though? David McCandless of Information is Beautiful, looks at how much musicians make from major online…

Poverty in late 19th century London

Alice Rawsthorn for The New York Times reports on Charles Booth’s London poverty maps, from the late 1800s, currently on display at the Museum of London. During a time when…

BP oil spill if it were where you live

If it Was My Home is a simple but effective concept. Enter your location, and the oil spill is overlayed on top. It’s gotten to the point where the area…

Data Life of the Future

It’s fun to imagine the future. Every few months, someone takes a stab with a concept video or a proof of concept prototype, providing a glimpse into human-computer interaction and…

Uber detailed London map satire

Stephen Walter’s The Island looks like an ordinary map of London from afar. Just a bunch of scribbles, actually. But zoom in and you get something more. The Island satirises…

Charting the radio top 40

BBC Radio 1 takes a shot at displaying the top 40 chart visually in The Love 40. It’s actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be.…

How our laws are made

It takes a lot of work for a bill to become a law. It’s a complex process that most of us know nothing about, other than the tidbits that linger…

Pulp Fiction timeline

In case you were confused by the Pulp Fiction storyline, dehahs has plotted it out for you. Inspired by Randall Munroe’s character timeline, each line represents a character and intersections…

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.