Visualization

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

Winners of NSF Visualization Challenge 2008 Announced

Remember the NSF visualization challenge announced at the beginning of this year? Nine months have come and gone, and the winners (and several honorable mentions), from five categories, were announced…

Doodle Your Way Through the News – DoodleBuzz

I feel like I’ve been seeing and writing a lot about artistic visualization lately. Maybe it’s because summer’s ending and all the designers are finishing up their side projects. I…

Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

PhD Comics has grown to be my favorite comic of the moment. It’s unbelievable how much I relate to all of it. I am not alone. Anyways, have you registered…

Visualization Workshop in Madrid – Database City

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I was in Madrid at the Medialab-Prado for the Visualizar workshop. It was a two-week event where designers from…

Beautiful Generative Computer Art – Metamorphosis

Glenn Marshall has released his finished version of Metamorphosis, a beautiful piece of computer generative art programmed in Processing. I wish I knew a bit more about what I was…

maeve Installation Shows Relationships Between Projects

The Interface Design Team at the University of Potsdam revealed maeve last week. It’s an installation that lets users place physical project cards on an interactive surface and see the…

Art of Mathematics – Visualization of Dynamical Systems

Dynamical systems are mathematical models used to describe the time-dependent position of a point’s position in ambient space. For example, a dynamical system could be used to describe the movement…

Tree Map to Show Losses by Major Companies

Taking after Map of the Market, the New York Times uses tree maps to show a year of heavy losses by major companies. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs.…

How Consumers Around the World Spend Their Money

This pseudo-map graphic from The New York Times shows how consumers in different countries spend their money. Squares represent selected countries and are sized and colored according to spending in…

How Eating Ice Cream and Feeling Gross Leads to Alcholism

This stream of consciousness video (below) from Current is complete with animated infographics and some lovely narration. I have no idea why the video was made or if there was…

OneGeology Wants to Be Geological Equivalent of Google Maps

There’s lots of free geographical data about what’s going on at the surface of our planet. It’s a different story for what going on underneath though. OneGeology aims to be…

See the World Through SimCity’s Eyes – One Up On OnionMap

Michael comments, “Onionmap is nothing when compared to this Chinese site…They’ve practically mapped out the entire Shanghai (and quite a few other China cities) in a SimCity-like fashion! Amazing stuff!”…

Interactive Graph Visualization System – Skyrails

Skyrails is an interactive graph visualization system that looks a lot like a video game. Explore relationships, visit nodes, and immerse yourself in the data. As I watch the demo…

Flowchart Shows You What to Say During Sex

This flowchart shows you what to say during private time with your special friend. Say goodbye to confusion and hello to deep conversations. Start from the middle of the chart…

How to Create a Real-Time Web Traffic Map for Your Site

I just released Visitr. Now you can create a real-time web traffic visualization for your own site or blog.

Tracking Hurricane Gustav – How Hard is it Going to Hit?

Stamen has taken a step towards the concrete with their recent Hurricane Tracker for MSNBC. From what I can tell, it updates every couple of hours or so. The tracker…

How Open Should Open Source Data Visualization Be?

Is releasing my code the best thing to do for myself and the community or is it worth keeping some things private?

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…