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

Regularities and Patterns Within a Literary Space

Stefanie Posavec, maps literary works at the Sheffield Galleries On the Map exhibit. There are several parts to Stefanie's piece mapping sentence length, writing style, and structure. From the looks…

Chernoff Faces to Display Baseball Managers From 2007 MLB Season

Check out this lovely use of Chernoff Faces by Steve Wang of Swarthmore College. This method of visualization was developed by none other than mathematician-statistician-physicist Herman Chernoff in 1973. These…

21 (Eco)Visualizations for Energy Consumption Awareness

Eco-visualization creates awareness of energy - something that we cannot see, but use a whole lot of.

World Internet City-to-City Connections and Density Maps

Chris Harrison put together a series of Internet maps that show how cities are interconnected by router configuration. Similar to Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns, Chris chose to map only the…

What Interests Do Your Facebook Friends Have in Common?

Nexus, by Ivan Kozik, lets you explore your Facebook social network and find out what your friends have in common. Nexus kind of caught me off guard, because it actually…

A Little Bit of Design Goes a Long Way With Infographics

If I've learned anything about designing information graphics, it's that attention to detail and small changes make a mediocre graphic into a really useful and usually more attractive one. It's…

Is the New Google Visualization API Going to Limit Our Data Imagination?

Google recently released a visualization API that allows you to share embeddable visualization on your website, create Google Gadgets that can be shared and reused, and create extensions for existing…

21 Ways to Visualize and Explore Your Email Inbox

Can we somehow tell a meaningful story with the thousands of emails we've sent, received, and deleted?

Interact With the Atlas of Electromagnetic Space

Jose Luis Vicente and Irma Vilà, in collaboration with Bestiario, have created an interactive installation in Flash that allows you to explore the radio spectrum - the electromagnetic space…

17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe

I just created a new Twitter account, and it got me to thinking about all the data visualization I've seen for Twitter tweets. I felt like I'd seen a lot,…

A World of Information in Data-driven Art – Not Your Grandma’s Dashboard

Wired Magazine recently did a feature on data-driven art. The above image is Jason Salavon's work that shows U.S. population by county. The technically-minded readers might be thinking, "I don't…

4 Data Visualizations That Inspired Me to Learn More

There was a time I didn't really know what I wanted to do, but since I saw these data visualization pieces, I haven't looked back.

Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have Hoes

I thought this map was amusing. As you can see, Mr. Bridges prefers those in the southeast and northeast according to his 2001 hit single, Area Codes in which he…

Weekend Minis – Globes, Maps, and Job Opportunity

New York Talk Exchange - Illustrates the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of long distance telephone and IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York…

Explore Your Tags and Bookmarks On 6pli

Santiago, who I met at the Visualizar workshop, forwarded me his work on the visualization of tags and bookmarks called 6pli. Normally, I'm not a big fan of network…

Hope Floats in Online Dating – I Want You to Want Me By Harris and Kamvar

Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar collaborated again in their featured piece at New York Museum of Modern Art's Design of the Elastic Mind exhibit. Similar in flavor to their previous…

Can We Improve this Graphic Showing History of Bipartisan Senate?

Some thoughts on what I think would make this graphic on the U.S. senate's history of bipartisan politics a bit more useful.

Visual Website Analytics in Video Game Format

How can we use gaming to improve current data visualization techniques?

IBM Visual Communications Lab and Stamen Design Are at the NYC MoMA

Congratulations to two of my most favorite visualization / design groups - IBM Visual Communications Lab and Stamen Design - who officially now have their work featured at the Museum…

Ebb and Flow of Box Office Receipts Over Past 20 Years

The New York Times puts out another good one in this graphic for the talkies.

What Impact Does Our Country Have on Climate Change?

BreathingEarth is an animated map that represents death rate data from September 2005 and birth rate data from August 2006 compiled by the World Factbook and 2002 carbon dioxide emission…

Is an Animated Transition From a Scatter Plot to a Bar Graph Effective?

Jeffrey Heer and George G. Robertson investigate the benefits of using animation in statistical graphics.

Mapping Manhattan’s Skyscraper Districts Through Time

Manhattan Timeformations looks like a series of interactive schematics from a video game, but really it's a computer model that allows you to look at the relationships between the developments…

Spamology From Visualizar is Available for Exploration

This spam visualization, by Irad Lee, was one of favorite projects at Visualizar.

Weekend Minis – Design Paradigms, Colbert Bump, and Bullet Graphs

For your long, relaxing weekend, enjoy some visualization treats.

NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge

Achieve international glory with your scientific visualization submission.

Visualization of Smiling Faces – Microsoft Live / Operation Smile

Think lots and lots of happy thoughts.

Weekend Minis – Maps, Motion & Resources

For relaxing and lazy weekend, have some fun with GPS and a fat list of visualization resources.

Books that Make You Dumb (Not Really)

Linking of low (and high) SAT scores and favorite books from Facebook.

6 Influential Datasets That Changed the Way We Think

They all revealed something we otherwise would not have seen. What data has influenced you lately?