Visualization

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

Statistical Atlas from the ninth Census in 1870

In 1870, Francis Walker oversaw publication of the United States' very first Statistical Atlas, based on data from the ninth Census.

Challenge: Let’s do something with these 3-D pyramids

The government recommends a diet for healthy living, but there are billions of dollars of lopsided subsidies. Interesting point. Funky presentation.

Review: We Feel Fine (the book) by Kamvar and Harris

We Feel Fine, by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris, is a selection of some of the best entries from the database of 12 million emotions, along with some insights into the growing dataset.

What burger chain reigns supreme?

In a follow up to his McDonald’s map, Stephen Von Worley of Weather…

Canada: the country that pees together stays together

EPCOR, the water utility company that runs the fountains up in Edmonton, Canada…

Looking Inside a Bus Routing Algorithm

In an effort to put transit data from the Toronto Transit Committee to…

Edward Tufte will serve on Recovery Independent Advisory Panel

Big news for all you Edward Tufte fanboys and girls. He will be…

How Genetics Works

Simple yet effective. Any questions? [via 9gag | Thanks, Barry]…

Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores

FloatingSheep, a fun geography blog, looks at the beer belly of America. One…

The State of the Internet

From JESS3 is this video on the state of the internet. It’s essentially…

Olympic musical – how fractions of second make all the difference

Like everyone, I’ve been watching the Olympics, and it continues to amaze me…

News Topics as Social Network

All news is connected in some way or another. News Dots from Slate…

Evolution of Olympic Pictograms

Every Olympics since 1936 has had a series of pictograms (i.e. icons that look like restroom signs) that represents the events.

Challenge: make this graph easier to read

The Economist discusses the return of big government and includes this graph showing total government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. Is there a better way to represent the time series?

An Exploration of Biological Records

The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has a growing database of 50,000 records…

Man as Industrial Palace, Animated

In 1926, Fritz Kahn illustrated man as a working factory in his famous…

Sunlight Labs releases mapping framework, ClearMaps

Open data is great, but it’s useless if you don’t know what to…

OpenStreetMap Edits Towards Haiti Relief

ITO world, who you might remember from a year of OpenStreetMap edits, come…

How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane

This graphic from designer Stephen Taubman is entertaining in so many ways. It…

NSF Announces 2009 Visualization Contest Winners

The National Science Foundation announced the 2009 winners of their annual visualization challenge.…

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…

Build Online Visualization for Free with Tableau Public

Tableau Software, popular for making data more accessible, mainly in the business sector,…

Watching the Pulse of the Olympics on Twitter

The Olympics are in full swing, so of course Twitter is abuzz with…

Math Functions in the Real World

RIT student Nikki Graziano photographs math functions in the real world. Some are…

Track Mouse Activity On Your Computer

Anatoly Zenkov provides this nifty tool (Mac and PC) to track your mouse…

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…

Future of Employment in the Decade Ahead

NPR shows projected employment changes from 2008 to 2018. Large circles represent major…

The Most Efficient Way to Type

Are you using the most efficient typing technique or are your fingers jumping…

Obama’s Budget Proposal and Incorrect Forecasts

President Obama announced his 2011 budget proposal. How does it compare to last…