Visualization

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

Look at My Neato Lollipop Chart – Widgenie

As some commented on an earlier post, FusionCharts provides an easy way for people to hack together statistical graphics – sometimes not so attractively – and put the results on…

Plummeting Infographics from I.O.U.S.A – A Nation in Debt

I haven’t seen I.O.U.S.A. yet, but from the online bonus clips, it looks like it could be a good watch for you infographics junkies. The documentary examines the growing national…

History’s Greatest Journeys – Wanderlust from GOOD

GOOD Magazine, in collaboration with Graham Roberts, maps the most famous journeys in history – some fiction, some non-fiction. Wanderlust includes trips like Around the World in 80 Days and…

Amusing Disney Org Chart – From Walt on Down

I’m not sure how old this Disney org chart is, but I’m guessing very. Ink and paint? What are those? In any case, it’s amusing. Why are nurse, army coordinator,…

Fleshmap: Studies of Desire – Touch, Look, and Listen

Fleshmap is a new project by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas that explores human desire from three points of view – touch, look, and listen.…

Physical Graphs as Critique on American Culture

These wooden graphs by Joshua Callaghan show uh, something on the left and military spending on the right. While I wouldn’t call them any type of spectacular representation of data,…

3 Worthwhile Alternatives to the Pie Chart

A while back I asked what you wanted to see more of on FlowingData. Thanks to the 447 of you who responded. I was actually kind of surprised that there…

Tell Stories With Interactive Timelines from Dipity

Timelines, much like calendars, can be used to show changes over time in a straightforward way. When you have a bunch of events that occurred at certain times, mark them…

Is There a Market for Premium Online Data Visualization?

Visualization is coming out of the research lab and stepping into the market.

Awesome Olympics Coverage By The New York Times

Who else has been enjoying the Olympics as much as I have? I think I might have developed an unhealthy obsession to the games these past few days with the…

Many Eyes Adds Wordle to its Extensive Visualization Toolbox

I’m sure you’ve seen Wordle by now, which puts an artistic spin on the traditional tag cloud. An application by Jonathan Feinberg, Wordle lets you put any text or RSS/atom…

I’ll Take My Infographic in Bright Orange, Men’s Medium

The Shirt Project, by Rich Watts and Louise Ma, takes the infographics out of the newspaper and puts them onto brightly colored tshirts. What a great idea. They put out…

Britain From Above – Beautiful Use of Satellite Technology

The BBC has a gorgeous documentary series that started yesterday — Britain from Above. They take a look at Britain from the skies using satellite technology and GPS data. Watch…

Watch the Rise of Gasoline Retail Prices, 1993 – 2008

"What do the data look like for gasoline prices?" The prices go up, then down, then up, down, up...

It’s Like Google Maps with Sim City 2000 – OnionMap

Remember SimCity 2000? That was a great game. That was probably the last computer game I played for any significant length of time, and if my Macbook Pro were able…

Map of Olympic Medals in Bubble + Geographic Form

Lee Byron, Amanda Cox and Matthew Ericson of the New York Times graphics department map Olympic medals starting from the first one hosted by the International Olympic Committee in 1896…

Visualize Genomes and Genomic Data – Circos

Circos is a project by Martin Krzywinski that lets you upload genomic data and visualize it as a network like the one above. It is easy to plot, format and…

New Version of Flare Visualization Toolkit Released

A new version of Flare, the data visualization toolkit for Actionscript (which means it runs in Flash), was just released yesterday with a number of major improvements from the previous…

Can You Improve this Graph Showing Suicide Rates in Japan?

Are you ready for another deconstruct/reconstruct exercise? I just posted a time series plot in the FlowingData forums that shows suicide rates and unemployment rates in Japan. Here are questions…

What Kind of Information is Hidden in Barcodes?

Barcodes. We all know what they look like. They’re the black stripes that vary in thickness with numbers that indicate something or another, but what is that something? Every product…

Watching Our Twitter World – twittervision Redux

See what people are tweeting around the world 24/7. What are you doing right now?

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Dataset

Last week I asked if you could improve a mediocre bar chart showing party majorities by county. There was a resounding yes as many of you deconstructed and then reconstructed…

Mapping Walkability in San Francisco

Lee Byron, recent Carnegie Mellon grad and newly inducted New York Times graphics intern, maps walkability in San Francisco. He scraped Walk Score for uh, walk scores, which are scores…

Shouldn’t You Be Using Firefox By Now?

I’ve been using Mozilla Firefox for years and have nothing but good things to say about the most recently released Firefox 3. Whenever I borrow someone else’s computer, and all…

Martin Wattenberg On Visualizing Large Textual Data

Martin Wattenberg, one of the creators of Many Eyes, in reply to “Why is a numbers guy like you so interested in large textual data sets?” The entire literary canon…

Weekend Minis for Your Lazy Weekend – 7/19/08

BedPost – I put this up earlier for the FlowingData personal visualization project, but for those who missed out, Kevin recently put up a sign up form so that you…

Can You Improve this Mediocre Statistical Graphic?

I’m on my way back home from the workshop Integrating Computing into the Statistics Curricula in Berkeley (and this time I managed to get through the line without getting yelled…

Is Napoleon’s March the Greatest Statistical Graphic Ever?

I’m starting to hear about Charles Minard‘s map of Napoleon’s march time and time again – almost to the point of exhaustion. Is the map really that awesome, or is…

Browse Your del.icio.us Bookmarks as Thumbnails

I bookmark stuff with del.icio.us almost every day, and it’s become indispensable, because I mark items to write about later here on FlowingData. So it’s always interesting to see new…

Radiohead Music Video by Capturing and Rendering 3D Data

Radiohead’s most recent music video, House of Cards, was made entirely without cameras. Instead the setup involved a rotating scanner, lasers, and lots of 3D data. The music video is…