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The Decline of Maritime Empires

This experiment (below) by graduate student Pedro Miguel Cruz shows the decline of Maritime empires during the 19th and 20th centuries . Pedro explains: I…

Elastic Lists Celebrates Five Years of Information Aesthetics

In celebration of Information Aesthetics' birthday, Moritz Stefaner of Well-formed Data adapted his elastic lists concept to all five years of infosthetics posts. Each white-bordered…

Build Statistical Graphics Online With ggplot2

Statisticians are generally behind the times when it comes to online applications. There are a lot out-dated Java applets and really rough attempts at getting…

Virtual Slot Machine Teaches the Logic of Loss

This interactive by Las Vegas Sun describes how in the long run, you're going to lose every single penny when you throw your hard-earned money…

Infographic Coins for International Visitors

You know when you go to another country and have no clue what the coins of the local currency are worth? I always end up…

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2009

It was a huge year for data. There's no denying it. Data is about to explode. Applications sprung up left and right that help you…

Canvi & Temps: An Exploration of Science Over Time

Bestiario, the group behind 6pli and a number of other network projects, released their most recent project - Canvi & Temps - that explores the…

Twitter Mentionmap and Correlations at your.flowingdata

your.flowingdata got a couple of cool updates recently. One is based on your interactions with others on Twitter and the other helps you find relationships…

Microsoft Live Labs Pivot: Interact With Massive Amounts of Data

What if you could see all the individual bits of information scattered across the Web in one view and then interact with it in a…

How to Make an Interactive Area Graph with Flare

You've seen the NameExplorer from the Baby Name Wizard by Martin Wattenberg. It's an interactive area chart that lets you explore the popularity of names…

8 Great Gifts for Your Data Geek

The gift-giving season is here, and you're probably wondering what to get everybody. You can only give so many neck ties, and you gave gift…

The Geography of AIDS Around the World

It was World AIDS Day last week and UNAIDS published the latest estimates on the number of people around the world who are living with…

Should You Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

David McCandless, author of The Visual MIscellaneum, delves into the usefulness of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. There was quite a bit of research involved,…

Stat Charts Get a New York Times Redesign

Statistical graphics are often... kind of bland. But that's fine, because they're usually for analysis, and the wireframe does just fine. The time eventually comes…

A New Way to Search Images With Google Image Swirl

There's this branch in computer science and statistics for vision research. Normally, if you ever hear about it in the news it's in the context…

Can You Guess What These Maps Show?

I'm no doubt still under massive food coma at this time, but in case you've regained consciousness or don't live in the US, check out…

What’s Cooking on Thanksgiving, Mapped and Ranked

Food-wise, Thanksgiving is different across the country. In some places you're going to get a lot of chitterlings and collard greens, while in others, turkey…

Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.

What? I don't see anything wrong with it. Alright, alright, so it's local news, but still, come on. I wonder if the newscaster even bats…

Battle of the Coverage Maps: Verizon vs. AT&T

Verizon has been running these ads lately that compare their 3G coverage to that of AT&T's. In the ads a Verizon customer walks along on…

The Cost of Getting Sick

GE and Ben Fry (now the director of SEED visualization), show the cost of getting sick, from the individual's and insurer's perspective. The data: 500k…

Buzzwords in Academic Papers (Comic)

This comic was really amusing, although it might be because I'm a big nerd entertained by all things from PHD Comics... It's my blog, and…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Watch the Stories Unfold (Updated)

Interaction designer Christian Swinehart takes a careful look at the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s. We saw something like this before,…