Visualization

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

Sit Back and Relax with Casual Information Visualization

Zachary Pousman et al. write in their paper Casual Information Visualization: Depictions of Data in Everyday Life Information visualization has often focused on providing deep insight for expert user populations…

Names Mentioned in Debates by Major Presidential Candidates

As usual, The New York Times graphics department churns out another useful graphic. This time it's in network diagram form.

Man Takes a Picture of Himself Every Day for 6 Years

Noah Kalina took a picture of himself every day for six years (and still going); above is all of the pictures put together into a time lapse. Now that's diligence.…

One Day in the Life of the Average American

Time Magazine's multimedia section has a fun, little piece showing some statistics for a day in the life of the average American. There's some mapping for average commute time, annual…

Three Designers, a Statistician, and Migration Inflows Data

After two weeks at Visualizar, I'm back in the United States. It's good to be back. I don't know how many people know this (because I certainly didn't), but the…

San Francisco Police Department Incident Reporting and Analysis Tool

I came across the San Francisco Police Department Incident and Reporting Tool, and at first glance it looked like Oakland Crimespotting with the map and incidents, but not as sleek…

News Flowing Through Moveable Type at The New York Times Building

Every day during the summer I walked past "Moveable Type" in The New York Times lobby. Since my adviser was one of the people working on it, I had the…

Many Eyes Now Has Better Mapping Visualization

Many Eyes now has more detailed mapping functionality with the help of ESRI data. It was really only a matter of time before this happened. It's come to the point…

US Demographics Visualizer Using Virtual Earth

While on the topic of maps here's a Microsoft Virtual Earth mashup -- US Demographics Visualizer. It allows the user to map US census data by county. Map population, age,…

Watch the Money Clock to See What You’ve Earned

Despite being surrounded with ads, this money clock was kind of, um, interesting. Put in how much you earn hourly, monthly, or annually, and it displays a running clock of…

Competitive Edge Explorer to Display Demographics

The Competitive Edge Explorer is a mapping project from the MIT Laboratory for Mobile Learning. It's not just some hodge podge Google Maps mashup. The Explorer was written in Processing…

A Magazine Dedicated Entirely to Visualizing Something Useful

GOOD Magazine is "media for people who give a damn." While so much of today's media is taking up our space, dumbing us down, and impeding our productivity, GOOD exists…

How Do You Visualize Time in a Drawing?

Icastic has a fun (and growing) collection of (currently) 247 hand-drawings from contributors who have shown how they see time. Some are very detailed works of art while others are…

Presidential Nomination Polls With Smoothers

It almost feels like I see a new poll every day for who's leading in the presidential race. There's usually a good amount of fluctuation within a single poll with…

World Freedom Atlas

World Freedom Atlas is an online geo-visualization tool that shows a number of freedom indicators so to speak. For example, you can map by a number of indexes such as…

Find a Replacement for this Ugly Venn Diagram

This venn diagram showing results from tests for Autism really seems to be making its rounds lately. It began with Igor Carron asking on his blog if there was a…

Misleading Map of Buffalo Snow

I saw this map of the average snow levels in Buffalo. I think I just glanced at it and that was about it. When you first look at the map,…

Visualization of US Flight Patterns

When I think airplanes and data visualization, I think of Aaron Koblin's Flight Patterns. Aaron uses data from the Federal Aviation Administration to show flights all across the United States,…

John Snow’s Famous Cholera Map

If you've read any books on visualization, without a doubt, you've seen John Snow's now famous cholera map. In 1854, people were dying in large numbers and high frequency, but…

Showing Large Numbers to Scale

Chris Jordan's series, Running the Numbers: An American Portrait, just opened this weekend in Los Angeles at the Paul Kepeikin Gallery. Chris depicts large numbers in a way that we…

iPod Design and Apple Stock Over the Years

Wall Street Journal put up a nice little graphic showing the evolution of the iPod along with Apple's stock price. Semi-informative, I guess. Probably more of a fun graphic than…

Not so Hot Graphs in Academic Papers

Karl Broman has an amusing list of the top ten worst graphs found in academic papers. One of them, very sadly, was actually from the Journal of the American Statistical…

The Times: Wealthiest Americans Ever

In honor of my New York Times induction day, a visualization of The Wealthiest Americans Ever. You think good ol' Billy would be there at the top of the list,…

More Mapping from amMap Offering Flexibility

Yes, more mapping. Map, map, map. amMap offers a Flash-based mapping tool that you can download and customize to your liking. Ammap is an interactive flash map creation software. Use…

Gas Prices Over Time, 2000-2006

While on the subject of gas prices, Foreign Policy has a graph of the prices per gallon of gasoline from 2000 to 2006. With the US at the lower tier,…

America Wins in Petrol Consumption per Day

A very simple graph from The Economist (spiced up a bit with a picture of a delicious gasoline droplet) that quickly gets its point across. The United States uses a…

Visualization of Taste Explosions from Ratatouille

By now, I'm sure everyone has heard of Pixar's most recent movie, Ratatouille. If you haven't seen it, I HIGHLY recommend it. Not only is it beautiful animation and a…

History Over Space and Time

As a representation of history over time and space, Maps of War does a pretty good job of displaying the information in the form Flash animations. It's quite simple really.…

Twittervision Adds a Third Dimension

Twittervision is a Google Maps mashup using the Twitter RSS feed. As people post to Twitter, you see the map move from location to location all around the world. It's…

Difficulty Visualizing Social Networks

We need to interact with others. We crave connections with friends and strangers. Something inside makes us need to converse with others so that we don't go crazy. As I…