Visualization

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

A Couple New Looks for Google News

The ever popular newsmap (above), a tree map view of Google News, got a facelift a few days weeks ago. Markos Wekamp, the creator, has changed to a rectangularized tree…

How Long Will the World’s Natural Resources Last?

This graphic from New Scientist shows when certain natural resources will run out in the world if we continue at the current consumption rate. However, reader beware, this graphic feels…

Visual Guides to the World of Street Vendors

There are over 10,000 street vendors in New York City. But how much do you know about them? The Street Vendor Project, in collaboration with the Center for Urban Pedagogy…

Visual Representation of Tabular Information – How to Fix the Uncommunicative Table

This is a guest post by Martin Krzywinski who develops Circos, a GPL-licensed (free) visualization tool that can help you show relationships in data. This article is based on a…

Jobs Vanish Across Our Country

As a nation, we gained jobs every month during 2007 compared to the same month one year before. However, since July of 2008, we’ve seen a loss in jobs nationwide,…

Creating a World in Holograms

This holographic video by Bruce Branit is completely fictional but oh so sexy. Can you imagine a digital world at that level of interaction – where just about anything and…

Demographics in World of 100

Designers seem to have taken a liking to the idea of showing world statistics as a village of 100. For example, if the world were a village of 100 people,…

Geography of Buzz In Los Angeles and New York

Elizabeth Currid (USC) and Sarah Williams (Columbia University), collaborate to map the geography of buzz in Los Angeles (above) and New York (below). The two researchers mined thousands of photos…

Campaign Contributions to the 110th Congress

This network graph shows common contributions between representatives in Congress: A relationship exists between two elements in the visual if they share a relationship with at least one member of…

Zappos Maps Sales in Real-time

Zappos, the online shoe retailer, maps sales across the United States in real-time. We’ve seen this before in Twittervision and other Google Maps mashups, but the difference here is that…

Web Trends Map from Information Architects, 4th edition

Information Architects, a design firm with offices in Japan and Zurich, release their annual web trends map. This is the fourth one in the series. Popular domains on the Web…

Sprint Commercial Tells Us What’s Happening Right Now

Sprint’s “now” promotion seems to be in full swing. In line with their dashboard to the universe, they’re currently airing this commercial (below) that shows various statistics on things that…

24 Hours of Geotagged Photos on Flickr

Daniel Catt from Flickr maps 24 hours worth of geotagged photos (about 64,000 of them) on this animated 3-D globe (below). The project was implemented in Processing, which shouldn’t come…

Music That Makes You Dumb

Virgil Griffith, a CalTech graduate student, follows up books that make you dumb with music that makes you dumb. “Dumb” people listen to Lil’ Wayne and “smart” ones listen to…

Make This Sitcom Map More Informative

This map from Dan Meth displays popular sitcoms by where they took place. It’s a comic and totally amusing, so there’s no need to pick it apart, but let’s imagine…

Phrase Net Shows the Secret Life of Words

Many Eyes, the social data analysis site, released another visualization tool – Phrase Nets: When you read a book it can feel as if you’re encountering a series of hidden…

New York Times Shines at International Infographics Awards

The infographics and news design blogs have been buzzing the past few days with the announcement of this year’s Malofiej awards, which is essentially the awards ceremony for graphics in…

Facebook: On the Road to 200 million Users

As we learned last week, Facebook has been growing worldwide ever since it began as a private network at Harvard in 2003. From 2004 to early 2006, the Facebook user…

Legal Drinking Age Around the World

While we’re on the topic of beer (it is Friday after all), let’s take a look at legal drinking age around the world. Greenland – no age limit. Probably gotta…

Where Can You Find America’s Best Beer?

Mike Wirth maps medal winners from the Great American Beer Festival from 1987 to 2007. I’m not surprised that California has won so many medals, because, well it’s a big…

Check In on the State of the Economy

This interesting chart from Russel Investments shows the current state of the economy and what it typically is according to seven key indicators such as credit risk, corporate debt, and…

Explore Multiple Time Series in Third Dimension

Roland Lößlein, a media student at University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, presents meteorological time series data in 3-D in a class project called Synoptic. Rotate and zoom in and…

Little Red Riding Hood, the Animated Infographic Story

Tomas Nilsson, a graphic design student from Linköping University, tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood with animated infographics. The video (below) was inspired by Röyksopp’s Remind Me and…

AIG Bailout: Where $173 billion Went

Nicolas Rapp and Damiko Morris of Associated Press delve into the AIG bailout. Six months ago, AIG received $173 billion from the government. They have about $50 billion left while…

Social Weather Mapping From Google Chrome Experiment

In the promotion of its speedy javascript, Google announces the Chrome Experiment. As part of the Experiment, design group Use All Five give us Small Talk, which is a social…

Bus Bench is an Infographic of Guilt

I’ve given a few talks on my work with self-surveillance, and there is almost always someone who asks, “What if someone doesn’t want to know about _____?” Fill in the…

One Song Sang By 2,088 Voices – Mechanical Turk Rendition

Aaron Koblin and Daniel Massey team up to give us Bicycle Built for Two Thousand, an Amazon Mechanical Turk rendition of Bicycle Built for Two. They used custom software written…

Review: Data Flow, Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Data Flow: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design isn’t an Edward Tufte book. It’s not an instruction manual nor is it a guide to analytical and statistical graphics. Rather, Data Flow…

27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If there’s anything good that has come out of the financial crisis it’s the slew of high-quality graphics to help us…

Immigration Explorer Shows Largest Foreign-born Groups Since 1880

Remember our short contest a while back with immigration rates to the United States? The New York Times digs deeper with their Immigration Explorer. It’s an interactive map that lets…