Visualization

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

Minority Report Physical Interface in Real Life – Oblong g-speak

Remember the awesome interface in Minority Report? You know, the one where Tom Cruise is sifting through files and information as if he were directing a symphony? Oblong, whose co-founder…

Open Thread: I Don’t Care About the Data…

Martin briefly discusses a presentation at a recent visualization workshop. The speaker blurts, "I don't care about the data, I am just interested in the method." This begs the question…

Alternative to Cartograms Using Transparency

The thing about cartograms is that it's hard to make out what you're seeing. You lose most sense of geography and size comparison is near impossible. They're more of a…

Google Uses Search Terms to Predict Flu Activity

In Google Flu Trends, Google uses related searches to predict flu activity in your area "up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems." The above graph shows query-based…

672 Obama Headlines – Both Browsable and Readable

Vertigo put together a great collection of 672 Obama headlines using Silverlight's deep zoom capabilities. The cool thing here isn't so much the number of headlines or the mosaic of…

Exploration of Our Presidents’ First 100 Days in Office

GOOD Magazine and Atley Kasky collaborate to explore U.S. Presidents' first 100 days in office. I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people," Franklin…

Maps and Cartograms of 2008 Presidential Election

Cartograms got a lot of coverage in 2004 when Michael Gastner, Cosma Shalizi, and Mark Newman used them to show the Bush/Kerry election results. Naturally, they've put together a similar…

Diagrams Galore in Diagram Diaries Flickr Group

For those watching the clock and waiting for the weekend to hurry up and start, here's the Diagram Diaries Flickr group. The 654 diagrams should keep you occupied for a…

Sprint Dashboard to the Universe – Plug Into Now

Sprint, in a promotion to their mobile Internet service, created this amusing futuristic dashboard. "All aboard the now machine," the computer says. "How about a big bowl of now?... Please…

Obama and McCain Voters’ Current State of Mind

The New York Times adds another item to the list of things to watch tonight as election results start to pour in. The Times invites readers to enter one word…

Google Visualization API Opens Up

When Google first launched their visualization API, you could only use data that was in Google spreadsheets, which was pretty limiting. Yesterday, Google opened this up, and you can now…

Showing This Many Per Second – Data Humanized

I've always thought one of the best ways to make data relate-able is to humanize it. Wouter Walmink, from studio:ludens, does this quite literally in so_many_a_second. I'm sure you've across…

European Economic Weather Map – Sudden Change in Outlook

In this map from the Financial Times, the state of Europe's economy is shown like a weather map. A cloud with a lightning bolt represents a "sudden change in outlook,…

Map Shows Newspaper Endorsements in US Presidential Election

Philip, from infochimps, maps newspaper endorsements using data from the Editor & Publisher's list. Circles with the blue radial gradient are newspapers that endorse Obama and John Kerry in 2004…

More Google Reader Stats When ‘show details’

I just noticed that when you click on "show details" in Google Reader, you get a graph of how frequently posts come from that feed and how often you read…

A Bunch of Japanese Women’s Bra Responses

Uniqlo gathered hundreds of responses from a couple hundred Japanese women about bra size, makeup, and shopping and put it into this sort of 3-d world of short video clips.…

Who’s Leading Whom? Predictive Markets Versus Polls

This is a guest post from Michael Drumheller, Dirk Karis, Raif Majeed and Robert Morton of Tableau Software. They use Tableau to explore the relationship between polls and predictive markets.…

Comparative View of Length of Rivers and Height of Mountains

I had no idea these comparative views of length of rivers and heights of mountains were so popular - at least in the 1800s. There seemed to be a fascination…

United States Poverty Rates From 1980 to 2007

Thousands of bloggers are taking the time to discuss a single topic today - poverty. As we sit in our cozy homes, go out to eat, watch movies, or simply…

Visualizing YouTube, Blogs, Twitter, Flickr, People…

From the guys who brought you 6pli and other like-minded network visualization tools, Bestiario takes 6pli to the next level. 6pli lets users explore their del.icio.us bookmarks. This work, in…

Browse Political Bias on Memeorandum – Greasemonkey Script

Memeorandum shows up-to-date posts from leading political bloggers, and it is well-known that political bloggers are often very partisan. It's not always obvious to new readers though which side of…

Daily Design Workout – DONE by Jonas Buntenbruch

DONE is a sketching project by Jonas Buntenbruch. He takes 30-60 minutes per day and puts his design skills to work. He began at the beginning of this year on…

Commercial Air Traffic Seen Around the World

This computer simulation (video below) by Zhaw shows worldwide commercial flights over a 24-hour period. It's been making the blog rounds lately. Watch as flights start in the morning in…

May the Tallest and Fattest Win the Presidency

OPEN N.Y. put together an amusing (and informative) graphic for a New York Times op-chart. It shows the height and weight of presidential candidates dating back to 1896 when William…

Maps for Advocacy – Beginner’s Guide to Mapping

In a follow up to Visualizing Information for Advocacy, the Tactical Technology Collective recently announced Maps for Advocacy: An Introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques. The booklet is an effective guide…

We Don’t Know Jack About the World – Alisa Miller TED Talk

Alisa Miller, President and CEO of Public Radio International, enlightens us on how little U.S. news coverage there is on the rest of the world. How does she do this?…

Winners of NSF Visualization Challenge 2008 Announced

Remember the NSF visualization challenge announced at the beginning of this year? Nine months have come and gone, and the winners (and several honorable mentions), from five categories, were announced…

Doodle Your Way Through the News – DoodleBuzz

I feel like I've been seeing and writing a lot about artistic visualization lately. Maybe it's because summer's ending and all the designers are finishing up their side projects. I…

Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

PhD Comics has grown to be my favorite comic of the moment. It's unbelievable how much I relate to all of it. I am not alone. Anyways, have you registered…

Visualization Workshop in Madrid – Database City

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since I was in Madrid at the Medialab-Prado for the Visualizar workshop. It was a two-week event where designers from…