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The Cost of Getting Sick

GE and Ben Fry (now the director of SEED visualization), show the cost of getting sick, from the individual's and insurer's perspective. The data: 500k records from the Medical Expenditure…

Buzzwords in Academic Papers (Comic)

This comic was really amusing, although it might be because I'm a big nerd entertained by all things from PHD Comics... It's my blog, and I can laugh if I…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Watch the Stories Unfold (Updated)

Interaction designer Christian Swinehart takes a careful look at the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s. We saw something like this before, but Swinehart takes it a…

The Future: Embedding Data in the Everyday

Imagine a world where data becomes the everyday, simply embedded in what you normally do. It's really not far off if you think about it. We use charts, graphs, and…

Review: The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

David McCandless' The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia hit the shelves last week (in the US). As I flipped through 320 pages of original…

Land Mass and Population by Country

From Herald Daily is this giganto view of land mass and population size by country.…

The Pitching Dominance of Mariano Rivera

The New York Yankees just won the World Series. I don't know much about baseball, but I do know that Mariano Rivera, the Yankee closer, has a lot to do…

Unemployment Rate For People Like You – NYT Interactive

Shan Carter, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Quealy of The New York Times explore 12-month average unemployment rates for just about any breakdown you can imagine. The main point: not everyone…

7 Visualization Groups On Flickr to Find Inspiration

I've always thought of Flickr as a place where I can share my photos with friends and family; however, I'm starting to see there's a whole lot more than that.…

Make Thematic Maps With Cartographer.js

Like it or not, Google Maps mashups continue to be a Web favorite. It's just so easy to use. Stick a few lines of javascript in your web page, and…

Unemployment, 2004 to Present – The Country is Bleeding

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the most recent unemployment numbers last week. Things aren't looking good for the unemployed, I'm afraid. I showed my younger sister the maps. Her…

Fictional Character Interactions Over Time

Popular nerd comic xckd takes a look at character interactions over time in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and Primer. The horizontal axis is…

A Land Where Men and Women are Paid Equally

We all know (or at least should know) about the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. This graphic from Shakeup Media was made to highlight that gap…

Putting Cell Size in Perspective

It's hard for us, cognitively speaking, to imagine things that are really really big or really really small, so we need things to put things in perspective.…

Using Flickr as a Paintbrush

Andy Woodruff from Cartogrammar uses average color in Flickr photos to map the colors that people take the most pictures of. The above for example, shows the common colors of…

This Would Be Perfect for a Roomba Commercial

You know the Roomba from iRobot? It's the robot vacuum cleaner that is supposed to do the work on its own so that you don't have to. I've seen video…

Failed Space Missions to Mars

The above graphic shows missions to mars starting in 1960 to present (top to bottom). Paths are colored by country, and as you can see it's been a lot of…

Information vs. Confusion

You gotta love Jessica Hagy. If you've got the skills you should be able to widen the valley in that curve significantly. Have a nice weekend all. [via Cool Infographics]…

Open Thread: What the **** is Visualization Anyways?

I think ever since visualization got started, people have been asking this question. Some... okay, many describe it as purely an analytical tool. Others (i.e. me) are a little more…

How Much Do CEOs Make in the United States?

GOOD magazine's most recent transparency contest asked designers to focus their powers on showing CEO compensation in the United States.…

When Twitter Says Good Morning Around the World

Jer Thorp, an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, visualizes when people "wake up" on Twitter, or when they say good morning, rather. Here it is in its 3-d globe…

An Addiction to Charts and Graphs

Haha, Jason Segel is hilarious. In this episode of How I Met Your Mother Segel's character Marshall has an interesting addiction that I think many FD readers can relate to.…