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Hacking the Coffee Maker – Caffeine Viewer

The colmeia group recently installed their Caffeine Viewer project where they hacked their coffee maker to log their "insane coffee consumption" in real-time. Every time a person presses a button…

Statistical Graphics Conference – Jet Lag Wins. I Lose.

As you might have noticed, I haven't been live blogging the Data Viz VI conference here in Bremen. I arrived Tuesday evening and on Wednesday, the first day of the…

Coolest Design Job Ever – Infographics in the Movies

Mark Coleran has hands down one of the best jobs in the world. He makes infographics for feature films. His résumé includes Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Lara Croft Tomb Raider,…

An Experiment in Organic Software Visualization

This organic visualization, code_swarm by Michael Ogawa from UC Davis, has been making the rounds on the Web lately, and rightfully so. The data: history of commits to a software…

FlowingData Readers’ Favorite Visualizations

Last month I asked FlowingData readers, "What are your favorite data visualizations in recent memory?" I'd heard of some while others were brand new to me. Here are some of…

What Do People Want to Do With Their Lives?

43 Things is a goal-setting community where people set goals, cheer each other on, and connect with others who are trying to achieve the same thing. Even if you're not…

How Much Does Gas Cost Where You Live?

With gas prices going crazy high lately, here's this weekend's question: How much and where from did you pay for your latest gallon of gas? I just paid $4.11 for…

12 Cool Visualizations to Explore Books

There's reading a book, and then there's looking at, exploring, and experiencing a book. That's what visualization is for.

Personal Visualization for the Obsessive Compulsive

Ash Spurr, in a project to try to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, took inventory of and categorized every distinguishable object in his bedroom - books, DVDs, CDs, documents, storage bins...…

Voting Breakdown for Democratic Presidential Primaries

The above New York Times graphic shows where each candidate got his or her support from. The x-axis (horizontal) represents strength of support and the y-axis shows the number of…

Watch TED Talks in Sphere Form – TEDSphere

The Bestiario design group seems to have been busy lately. Their latest project, TEDSphere, unsurprisingly, places the ever-so-popular TED talks series in a spherical space. You can watch TED talks…

What Are Your Favorite Data Visualizations in Recent Memory?

It's time for a reader discussion, open thread, etc. Today's question is: What are your favorite data visualizations in recent memory? It can be something I've posted or it can…

Find Your Dream Home (or Fantasize) With Trulia Snapshot

Trulia, the real estate search site, launched Trulia Snapshot today in collaboration with Stamen Design. It's a pretty mapping interface that lets you view pictures of properties on a map…

Flickr Tags and Pictures as a Universe – Tag Galaxy

Steven Wood's thesis project, Tag Galaxy is a beautiful piece of work to visualize Flickr tags and pictures. Type whatever tag you want, and the results are organized with your…

5 Data Visualization Dissertations Worth a Look

It's coming to the end of the academic year, which means there are lots of graduate students frantically finishing up their dissertations, defending, and earning their degrees (yay!). Here are…

Measuring Informational Distance Between Cities

Bestiario, the group behind 6pli, recently put up their piece that maps informational distance between cities. At the base is a freely rotating globe. Arcs, whose strength and height represent…

Tracking Manny Ramirez’s Hunt for 500 Homers

The Boston Globe lets readers explore home run data for the Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez. The data is quite detailed and the graphic lets your split the…

Quickie Visualizations for Debugging

This guest post is by Rahul Bhargava, a Senior Software Engineer at nTAG Interactive, makers of interactive name badges for conferences and meetings. Email him : rahul [ @ ]…

Why Isn’t Data Visualization More Popular?

Todd provides 5 reasons why data visualization isn't more prevalent: People don't know what data visualization is. Bad visualization has skewed perception of what data visualization is and what it…

Flocking Up the National Nine News

At the bottom of each article on National Nine News (Australian MSN), there's a button to "Flock It!" which is like favorit-ing a news story. The more people who flock…

Mapping the Human Diseasome With a Network Graph

Matthew Block and Jonathan Corum from The New York Times use a network graph to map diseases and the genes they have in common. Color indicates the type of disease,…

NewsWare Launches to Explore and Interact with News on msnbc.com

NewsWare was launched yesterday on msnbc.com. It's a set of apps, games, and widgets to interact with the news. The three main points of interest are the Spectra (pictured above)…

American Consumers Spend More Money On Cheese than On Computers

In a deviation from the usual pie chart and standard tree map, this graphic from The New York Times resembles something of a stained glass window - a really pretty…

Love, Hate, Think, Believe, Feel and Wish on Twitter

Inspired by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar's We Feel Fine, and using data from summize, twistori shows what people love, hate, think, believe, feel, and wish for on Twitter. Given…

All 26 Million Road Segments in Continental United States

Ben Fry maps every road segment in All Streets, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER/Line data. There's no actual map or drawn borders; instead Ben chooses to let the…

Poverty Statistics that Make Sense – Welcome to Povertyville and Slumtown

Dan Beech represents worldwide poverty in this video, which is actually a 3-dimensional bar chart with some flare: Welcome to Povertyville, Slumtown, and Low Income city. I'm not sure what…

Rolling Out Your Own Online Maps and Graphs with HTML/CSS

Wilson Miner and Paul Smith, two co-founders of Everyblock, post tutorials and a little bit of their own experiences rolling out their own maps and creating graphs with web standards.…

Showing the Obama-Clinton Divide in Decision Tree Infographic

Amanda Cox, of The New York Times, made another excellent graphic (and I wouldn't expect anything less). We see an entire story between Obama and Clinton - positions taken, counties…

Hierarchical Glossary as Interactive Network Graphs

Moritz has been working on visualization of a hierarchical glossary carefully named "Glossary Visualization" versions 2-5. Not sure where version 1 is. Being a network graph, I can see this…

Facebook Lexicon – Trends for Writings on the Wall

Facebook recently released Lexicon which is like a Google Trends or Technorati for wall posts. Type in a word or a group of words, and you can see the buzz…