Visualization

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

Recurring characters in film and the words used to describe them

Stereotropes, made by the Bocoup Data Visualization Team, explores the many tropes in films and the the adjective used to describe them. Some are unique to a trope and some…

Why exploring big data is hard

The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I'm slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data…

Emptied reservoirs in California

Winter is over and it's shorts weather these days in California. This is good for relaxing outdoor lunches but not so good for the drought. It's sad to drive down…

Color timeline for Avengers comic book covers

The Avengers comic has been around since 1963 and the look and feel of characters have changed over the years. Jon Keegan for the Wall Street Journal looked at this…

Wealth inequality explained in charts

Wealth inequality is a real thing that is complex and a result of various factors. It's difficult to capture everything in one chart, so Urban Institute explained wealth inequality in…

Life cycle of Earth’s carbon dioxide

The Cartography and Geovisualization Group at Oregon State University and NASA visualized a one-year life cycle of carbon dioxide in an interactive video map.…

Speedy crossword solvers

Oliver Roeder for FiveThirtyEight covered this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the battle between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.…

xkcd: U.S. of movie backgrounds

xkcd sectioned the United States by the background in movies. Because xkcd.…

Really slow speed of light

The "speed of light" typically means "really fast" but when it's relative to the scale of the universe, maybe not so much. Animator Alphonse Swinehart shows what it might look…

Married couple tax bonuses and penalties

Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples.…

LEGO explainer: Taxes and income inequality

LEGOs make everything better. David Wessel for Brookings Institution explains how federal taxes play a role in decreasing the income gap. Each column an income quintile and each brick a…

A tall graphic to show Mt. Everest scale

Mt. Everest is a tall mountain. How tall is it?? Glad you asked. The Washington Post has a tall scrolling graphic to help you understand the scale of the world's…

Color use in paintings, by year

Martin Bellander saw some projects that extracted color from movie posters and trailers, and he grew curious about paintings. So he extracted and plotted the colors used in paintings over…

Cocktail construction chart

Remember that engineer's guide to drinks a while back? I think this one pre-dates it. But, the best part is that you can download it from the National Archives Catalog,…

California water use per capita, by district

Matthew Bloch and Haeyoun Park for the New York Times mapped, for about 400 water districts, how much water Californians use per capita on a daily basis. In some areas,…

Gallons of water to produce foods

With all the talk recently about how much water it takes to grow almonds, Kyle Kim for the Los Angeles Times took a quick look at home many gallons of…

Every Game of Thrones death

I hear there's a show called "Game of Thrones" on the T.V., where a lot of people die and there is much of the sex. Shelly Tan and Alberto Cuadra…

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters…

Map of global carbon emissions

Using data from the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kennedy Elliott for the Washington Post mapped average grams of carbon dioxide worldwide.…

Pac-Man Google Maps

You can currently play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Just go to some location and click the Pac-Man square in the bottom left corner, and you'll be running the local streets.…

Gay marriage legalized by state

Changes in gay marriage rights had changed slowly over the years, but more recently, many more states recognized same-sex marriage. Haeyoun Park for the New York Times reports, starting in…

Minimal landscape maps

Designer Michael Pecirno experiments with single-subject maps in his project Minimal Maps. No boundaries, just landscape.…

Rickrolling pie chart

From Finger Magazine a few years back, in the heyday of rickrolling and humor charts. Maybe some choose to forget this era, but I'm never gonna give you up, let…

Making better social media maps

Location-based data from social media can be interesting to analyze and map, but there are a lot of inherent challenges with the data. The main one, which designers often ignore,…

Gender gaps around the world

Ri Liu provides an exploratory view of gender gaps around the world through labor participation, parliament participation, and income. Be sure to try the sorting options, which help you pull…

A beard scale for baseball

There are a lot of beards and other types of facial hair in Major League Baseball. In case you're wondering how many and at what level, the Washington Post has…

Future of visualization

Jeffrey Heer, computer science professor and co-founder of Trifacta, describes the future of visualization in a short 10-minute talk. It's one where people aren't taken out of the analysis loop,…

Out-of-state commuters mapped

In a straightforward map, Seth Kadish shows the percentage of county residents who commute out of state, according to estimates from the American Community Survey.…

Traffic gridlock simulation

I hate all things commute- and traffic-related, and it's probably why I like to learn about what makes commutes painful. Maybe if I know more about what's happening, I won't…

Data drawing pen pals

Stefanie Posavec, known around these parts for her manual data design and Giorgia Lupi, known for constantly drawing and searching for complexity, are sending each other data postcards once a…