Visualization

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

Guide to Inauguration Day

It’s Inauguration Day! There’s a happy buzz in the air, and you can’t help but feel excited. I of course turn to The New York Times for a comprehensive guide.…

Man vs Woman, Decision-making for Goldstar Beer

These ads for Goldstar beer were hung above bar toilets. They’re comical flow charts that provide some “insight” on the man versus woman, um, decision-making process – clothes, love, and…

Fun With Words that Collectively Make Pictures

People have fallen in love with word clouds that make pictures. Zoom in and you see a bunch of individual words. Zoom out and you see a famous person’s face.…

Dopplr Presents Personal Travel Report to All Users

Dopplr is a service that lets you share your travel schedule with friends and then highlights times when you and your friends will be in the same place. For example,…

2008 Feltron Annual Report Now Available

After Nicholas Felton’s ever popular 2005, 2006 and 2007 annual report on himself, you knew this was coming. The 2008 Feltron Annual Report is now up for your viewing pleasure.…

Ford Turns to Design and Data Visualization to Boost Sales

Ford sales are suffering. In an attempt to improve, they’re going green with hybrid vehicles, and in doing so, had to shift their design. In their initial studies with IDEO,…

Tools You Need to Track Energy Consumption – WattzOn

“Climate change is a global problem. But it’s individuals who will create the solution.” This is the WattzOn premise.…

Browser Wars – A New Take on Streamgraphs

Because it’s Friday – PixelLabs puts a cartoon-ish spin on streamgraphs. Who will win?? [Thanks, @prblog]…

Animated Map Shows One Year of Edits to OpenStreetMap

I admit it. I’m a sucker for animated maps – especially when there’s music playing in the back. I’m not exactly sure what it is about them. It’s data visualization…

Visual Guide to General Motors’ Financial Woes

As you’ve probably heard, General Motors has come on some financial troubles and grows increasingly desperate for a federal bailout. How did the American vehicle giant get to this point?…

Graphs Lead to Decline in Love

Coincidence. Absolutely. Lisa Simpson agrees. Have a good weekend all. [via xkcd | Thanks, Steve]…

9 Ways to Visualize Consumer Spending

GOOD Magazine’s most recent infographic (above and below) on consumer spending got me to thinking about all the other approaches I’ve seen on the same topic. The number of ways…

Researchers Map Chaos Inside Cancer Cell

The thing about cancer cells is that they suck. Their DNA is all screwy. They’ve got chunks of DNA ripped out and reinserted into different places, which is just plain…

Budweiser Maps Drinkabilty of Bud Light Beer

Yes, watered down and flavorless beer has high drinkability. You know, sort of like water. The difference is shade of yellow.…

Urban Heartbeat of European Cities – Urban Mobs

During major events, people use their mobile phones to share their emotions: the euphoria of a football match in Spain or Romania, World Music Day in France, or Saint John’s…

Because It’s Friday

Have a good weekend all. I’ll be getting buried in the expected 12 inches of snow here in Buffalo in the meantime :). [via superpoop | Thanks, Georgina and @tarheelcoxn]…

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year

Data visualization continues to grow online and in the real world. It exists as masterful art pieces and amazingly useful analysis tools. In both cases though it brings data —…

Visualize Music Collections With MusicBox

The great thing about being a graduate student is that you get to experiment. Anita Lillie, from the MIT Media Lab, demos MusicBox, her master’s thesis project that visualizes and…

Sculptural Data Visualization – Stock Market and GDP

In his latest data sculptures, Andreas Nicolas Fischer places data visualization in a physical space when we’re so used to seeing it on a computer monitor. Above is a piece…

Winner of Tufte Books and Many Other Good Entries

I ran a contest last week to improve a graph from Swivel that showed immigration to the United States. FlowingData readers sent in lots of different approaches (that took me…

What Jobs Are There in Data Visualization?

I got an email from Harald asking, “How does the job market for DV developers work?” I find this question, or some variation of it, in my inbox every now…

Navigate Articles, Photos, and Video from Around the Globe

The Washington Post recently put up TimeSpace: World, which is an interactive map that shows articles, video, photos, and commentary as they happen around the world (through the Washington Post’s…

Explore and Analyze Geographic Data with UUorld

UUorld (pronounced “world”) is a 4-dimensional mapping tool that lets you explore geographic data – the fourth dimension being time. The interface will remind you a bit of Google Earth…

Guess What State Searches for ‘Poo’ the Most – StateStats

StateStats is like Google Insights but on a state level. Type in a search term and get Google search levels with correlations to certain “metrics” like obesity or support for…

Typographic Illustration for Jay-Z’s ‘Brooklyn Go Hard’

Evan Roth from the Graffiti Research Lab, uses typographic illustration in Jay-Z’s music video for Brooklyn Go Hard. As the song plays out, we see sketches of Jay-Z drawn using…

Visualization Projects from Database City – Visualizar’08

This is a guest post by Greg J. Smith, a Toronto-based designer and researcher. Greg writes about design, visualization and digital culture on his personal blog Serial Consign. A few…

Neighborhood Boundaries with Flickr Shapefiles

Neighborhood Boundaries by Tom Taylor uses Flickr Shapefiles and Yahoo! Geoplanet “to show you where the world thinks its neighbors are.” Yahoo! provides access to the Where on Earth (WOE)…

Explore Your Feeds in a Cloud of Posts – RSS Voyage

I’m not exactly sure what I’m seeing here, but Voyage, by Andy Biggs, is an abstract RSS reader that places posts in a 3D cloud. As you click on items,…

Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis

If you’re like most people, you don’t really know what’s going on with the economy. You know there’s something to do with loans and payments and what not, but not…

Facebook Friend Activity Seen Around the World

Palantir, by Jack Lindamood, Kevin Der, and Dan Weatherford of Facebook, visualizes friend activity on Facebook. The three “hacked” together Palantir at Facebook’s recent Hackathon, but I’d never guess that…