Visualization

Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers…

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit…

Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things.…

Snow depth by dogs

For the US east coasters and their pets.…

Sexual insecurities found in Google search results

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz continues with his Google search data-related op-eds for the New York Times. This time he looks at the insecurities in sex, based on the search volume of various…

Book checkouts from the British Library

In efforts to emphasize the importance of the library (very), the British Library released a video that simply shows ten minutes of book checkouts. Nothing fancy. Just an updating log…

Whale songs visualized

It's been known for decades that the sounds that whales make show patterns and have a certain musicality to them. David Rothenberg and Mike Deal talk about the history of…

Feeling hot, hot, hot

When you look at overall global temperatures over time, you see a rising line and new heat records set. Instead of just one line though, Tom Randall and Blacki Migliozzi…

One animated art piece per day, with D3.js

Data-Driven Documents, or D3.js, is a flexible JavaScript library that lets you draw and move things in the browser. If it isn't yet, it's on its way to becoming the…

3-D model to show free-climb route

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are free-climbing almost 3,000 feet up El Capitan, basically with their fingers. The New York Times shows the ascent with a route placed on top…

Mapped history of how Native American land was taken

In Invasion of America, an animated map shows the loss of land.…

Tim Cook Chernoff Face

This amused me. By artist Christo Allegra.…

The first photo of the United States by NASA satellite

In 1974, NASA published their first satellite photo of the contiguous United States by stitching together a bunch of individual images. A giant photo map of the contiguous 48 states…

Turning 30, explained with charts

You get older as time passes. (That's how age works last time I checked.) You change, the people around you change, and you care more about different things and less…

Japan fertility rate forecasts versus reality

It's hard to predict the future, especially when humans are involved. Oftentimes, there are just too many variables to control for to estimate accurately. In the chart above from the…

Every episode of Friends season 1, played simultaneously

All ten seasons of Friends are currently available on Netflix, but watching shows episode-by-episode is for chumps and people stuck in second gear. We Used to Be Friends is a…

Rapper travels and a robot arm

Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. by Tahir Hemphill explores rappers' geographic mentions in their lyrics. Geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers were extracted using the language…

Auto recalls for the year set record

There were a lot of auto recalls — 62 million of them — in the US this year, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large…

Eric Rodenbeck on visualization and running a studio

Eric Rodenbeck is the founder and creative director for Stamen. No doubt you've seen their stuff over the years, ranging from client work, art pieces, to open source projects. At…

Cookie ingredient variants

For the holiday cookie makers, this one from Tessa Arias is for you. Merry Christmas. I'm tempted to try this by varying single ingredients at a time.…

Holiday lights from space

You've likely seen the classic globe image that shows Earth at night. It's a composite image using data collected over a nine-day period, so you kind of see what the…

Most decade-specific words in Billboard song titles

David Taylor looked for words in Billboard song titles that appeared during a given decade more than other decades. Then he charted usage for the top five of each decade,…

News that China blocks

China blocks sites from its citizens. We know this. But, what do they block and to what extent? Sisi Wei for ProPublica tracked major news homepages with the help of…

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014

It's always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. I mean, it's a challenge to pick and rank your favorite anything really. So much depends on what you feel like at the time, and there's a lot of good work out there. Nevertheless, I gave it a go.

Collection of physical visualizations

I'm pretty sure there's a ton of untapped potential in data represented physically. Maybe not in the analytical insights sense but in that fuzzy unmeasured way of feeling data somehow.…

Using baseball bats to display data

When a baseball player is hitting well, commentators will sometimes say that it looks like he's hitting with a bigger bat out there. The ACME Catalog, a creative technology studio,…

Increasing rates of men who don’t work

Recent data from the Census Bureau suggests the rate of non-working men has increased. As more women go to work and more men stay at home to take care of…

Physical infographics

Photographer Marion Luttenberger used physical objects and people as her visual cues in lieu of digital bars and lines. The results are striking. Note: The annotation is in German but…

Book genres for visualization

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas from Google Research ran with the book metaphor for visualization in their talk at Tapestry 2014. Unlike some who bash projects that don't fit a…

Understanding segregation with a simulation

In 1971, Nobel laureate economist Thomas Schelling proposed that a desire to have neighbors of the same race — even a small percentage — can lead to segregation. The model…