Visualization

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

Man as Industrial Palace, Animated

In 1926, Fritz Kahn illustrated man as a working factory in his famous poster, Man as Industrial Palace. Tiny guys in each body system perform their own specific job. A…

Sunlight Labs releases mapping framework, ClearMaps

Open data is great, but it’s useless if you don’t know what to do with it. Sunlight Labs, a group focused on using technology to support open government, recently released…

OpenStreetMap Edits Towards Haiti Relief

ITO world, who you might remember from a year of OpenStreetMap edits, come back to the map visualization to show the efforts of an impromptu community and Crisis Mappers to…

How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane

This graphic from designer Stephen Taubman is entertaining in so many ways. It is based on the amazing story of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, one of the greatest movies…

NSF Announces 2009 Visualization Contest Winners

The National Science Foundation announced the 2009 winners of their annual visualization challenge. As usual it’s mostly scientific visualization of biological organisms and phenomena speckled with a few data-focused entries.…

Review: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics

Add another book to the growing library of guides on how to make information graphics the right way. Dona M. Wong provides the dos and don'ts of data presentation.

Road to Recovery – Is the Recovery Act working?

The Obama administration just posted a graph showing monthly job loss from December 2007 (Bush in red) up to last month. Discuss. [via @nickbilton] Update: There’s a video version now…

Build Online Visualization for Free with Tableau Public

Tableau Software, popular for making data more accessible, mainly in the business sector, just opened up with Tableau Public. The application is similar in spirit to other online data applications…

Watching the Pulse of the Olympics on Twitter

The Olympics are in full swing, so of course Twitter is abuzz with every big event. Want to keep track of the trends in real-time? Watch the Olympic pulse, by…

Math Functions in the Real World

RIT student Nikki Graziano photographs math functions in the real world. Some are a stretch but others are dead on.…

Track Mouse Activity On Your Computer

Anatoly Zenkov provides this nifty tool (Mac and PC) to track your mouse pointer. Really simple. Just start it, let it run, minimize the window, and carry on as usual.…

Excessively Labeled Airplane Tells You Where the Big Cheese Sits

In case the in-flight pamphlet isn’t enough for you, everything on this Kulula airplane is labeled for your convenience.…

Future of Employment in the Decade Ahead

NPR shows projected employment changes from 2008 to 2018. Large circles represent major employment sectors and are sized by current employment numbers. Smaller circles are areas in the respective category.…

The Most Efficient Way to Type

Are you using the most efficient typing technique or are your fingers jumping all over the keyboard? If it’s the latter, I implore you – there is a better way.…

Obama’s Budget Proposal and Incorrect Forecasts

President Obama announced his 2011 budget proposal. How does it compare to last year’s budget? Shan Carter and Amanda Cox of The New York Times compare the two plans. Red…

Flickr Group Treats – January 2010

I started the FlowingData Flickr group a little while ago, but didn’t come back to it until now. Here are just a few of the graphics you all have added.…

Save pens. Use Garamond font

Designers Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth looked at ink usage of some commonly-used typefaces, by hand-drawing them with ballpoint pens.…

Beatles Music in Infographics

I’m sure a lot of you love The Beatles. I’m not a huge fan myself, but for those who are, you will love these graphics from designer Michael Deal. The…

The 2009 Feltron Annual Report – OCD Made Sexy

Nicholas Felton’s personal annual report on his life is now up. For those not in the know, Felton makes this report every year based on data he has collected about…

Dropped Food. Should You Eat it?

Since you’ll be trying every single drink recipe in the engineer’s guide this weekend, you’re most likely going to drop some food on the ground. Consult this flowchart to decide…

Engineer’s Guide to Drinks

Seeing as the weekend is just about here, I’m sure many of you can find a use for this guide. It’s drink recipes hand-drawn like schematics to some circuitry system.…

Data.gov.uk Gearing Up For Launch, er, Does Launch

Update: I had scheduled this post for next week, but apparently, Data.gov.uk launched today. The site isn’t loading for me right now though. I guess they weren’t prepared for traffic.…

The Very First Thematic Maps

I’m admittedly not very good with historical precedent, but I think we can all agree it’s important to know about the work those have done before us. It makes your…

Crayola Crayon Colors Multiply Like Rabbits

In 1903, Crayola had eight colors in its standard package. Today, there are 120, along with special packs like Gem Tones and Silver Swhirls. What happened? Above, from Weather Sealed,…

Data Visualization Christmas Ornaments

It’s funny how data is finding it’s way into everyday objects. There was jewelry a few months ago and coins last month. Now we’ve got this experiment with Christmas ornaments…

Buy a Print. Support Distaster Relief in Haiti. Please.

Unless you live under a rock inside a cave in the remotest area in the world, you know a huge quake struck Haiti on Tuesday, and much lies in ruins.…

Timescapes to Compare Chopin Recordings

How do you compare music visually? You can break it down into data by quantifying the notes, volume, etc and then visualize it with timescapes (above). The horizontal axis represents…

The Geography of Netflix Rentals

Some movies are popular everywhere. Others are popular only in certain regions. The New York Times, in a nice team effort, maps rental popularity by zip code for large regions…

Need to Escape Jupiter’s Gravitational Pull? Good Luck

Randall of xkcd has been having fun with data visualization lately. In his latest data-ish comic, Randall explores gravity wells. The height of each well is sized relative to the…

Even Older Infographics from the 19th Century

Old graphics are awesome. We saw some from the 1930s already. These are even older. Other than the maps, I don’t exactly know what I’m looking at (knowing French would…