Visualization

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

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…

US Oil Doesn’t Come From Where You Think it Does

Where do you think the US imports the most oil from? Most of us would probably say somewhere in the Middle East, but Jon Udell does some number crunching and…

Using Data Visualization to Forecast Financial Markets

This is a guest post by Simit Patel of InformedTrades, which offers free advice on trading stocks. While many investors use economic and fundamental factors to identify investment opportunities —…

Cotton Picking Correlates to President Picking

The U.S. election is over. The post-election analyses begin. The above map shows presidential voting at the county level. The more red a county is, the stronger the support for…

Mmm, Chocolate Pie… Chart

In the spirit of turning pie charts into food, Mary and Matt kick it up a notch with some design and 5.5 ounces of chocolate. It’s a chocolate pie chart…

Word Portraits of Famous People – Einstein and Ginger the Cockapoo

Jeff Clark of Neoformix has been doing some cool stuff with words lately. Above is a word portrait of Albert Einstein looking very chipper. Einstein’s entire face is composed of…

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…