Visualization

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

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart’s current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters…

Map of global carbon emissions

Using data from the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Kennedy Elliott for the Washington Post mapped average grams of carbon dioxide worldwide.…

Pac-Man Google Maps

You can currently play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Just go to some location and click the Pac-Man square in the bottom left corner, and you’ll be running the local streets.…

Gay marriage legalized by state

Changes in gay marriage rights had changed slowly over the years, but more recently, many more states recognized same-sex marriage. Haeyoun Park for the New York Times reports, starting in…

Minimal landscape maps

Designer Michael Pecirno experiments with single-subject maps in his project Minimal Maps. No boundaries, just landscape.…

Rickrolling pie chart

From Finger Magazine a few years back, in the heyday of rickrolling and humor charts. Maybe some choose to forget this era, but I’m never gonna give you up, let…

Making better social media maps

Location-based data from social media can be interesting to analyze and map, but there are a lot of inherent challenges with the data. The main one, which designers often ignore,…

Gender gaps around the world

Ri Liu provides an exploratory view of gender gaps around the world through labor participation, parliament participation, and income. Be sure to try the sorting options, which help you pull…

A beard scale for baseball

There are a lot of beards and other types of facial hair in Major League Baseball. In case you’re wondering how many and at what level, the Washington Post has…

Future of visualization

Jeffrey Heer, computer science professor and co-founder of Trifacta, describes the future of visualization in a short 10-minute talk. It’s one where people aren’t taken out of the analysis loop,…

Out-of-state commuters mapped

In a straightforward map, Seth Kadish shows the percentage of county residents who commute out of state, according to estimates from the American Community Survey.…

Traffic gridlock simulation

I hate all things commute- and traffic-related, and it’s probably why I like to learn about what makes commutes painful. Maybe if I know more about what’s happening, I won’t…

Data drawing pen pals

Stefanie Posavec, known around these parts for her manual data design and Giorgia Lupi, known for constantly drawing and searching for complexity, are sending each other data postcards once a…

3-D chart for economy’s future

People like to poke fun at 3-D charts, mostly because they don’t work or a third dimension just isn’t needed. However, this chart by Gregor Aisch and Amanda Cox for…

Abortion policies, over time and by state

For a class project, Katie Kowalsky, Dylan Moriarty, and Robin Tolochko examined changes in abortion policy since Roe v. Wade in 1973.…

Equality for women and girls, 20-year report

In their continued work on the No Ceilings project, Fathom describes the current iteration of the site that shows 20 years of data, across hundreds of indicators.…

NCAA tournament bracket predictions

March Madness starts this week in the states, which means it’s time for bracket predictions and picks. It’s when everyone in the office puts in 20 bucks, makes their picks,…

Wearable data objects that represent air pollution

For the most part, air pollution is invisible, so Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick created data objects to help see and experience the stuff you breathe. The glasses above represent…

Bivariate choropleth how-to

Your standard choropleth map shows geographic areas colored by a single variable. You’re reading this, so you’ve seen them before. What if you have two variables? Then maybe a bivariate…

Find the fastest flight between airports

Flight arrival and departure times are often thought of in terms of “on time” or “delayed.” To determine the “best” airline, we look for the airline with the highest rate…

Health data breaches and fines

Sisi Wei and Charles Ornstein for ProPublica highlight reported data breaches to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that affected at least 500 people, since October 2009. Of…

Decline of workers’ compensation

Workers’ Compensation, a promise to pay medical bills and some of your wages if you’re injured on the job, has been been on the decline over the past decade. ProPublica…

Girl Scout cookies differ by region

The Girl Scouts, known for their annual cookie sales, uses two bakers. These two bakers make similar but different cookies, so Thin Mints in one area of the United States…

On Broadway shows city life through data cross-sections

On Broadway, by Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner, Dominikus Baur, and Lev Manovich, provides a slice-by-slice view of the street that goes through Manhattan. Instead of a map like you might…

Face sculptures using DNA from chewed gum

In her 2012 piece Stranger Visions, Heather Dewey-Hagborg used DNA found in public left in chewed gum, cigarette butts, and hair to construct estimated face busts.…

Best time to visit DMV

I think there are people who still go to the Department of Motor Vehicles without an appointment. Because who doesn’t like a good session of waiting in line? Lucky for…

Probably not a heat map

A heat map is a grid of numbers colored by value. I wrote a quick tutorial on how to make the now common statistical visualization. But at some point in…

Texas hold ’em win probabilities

Software engineer Chris Beaumont visualized the strength of opponent hands in Texas hold ’em, given any other hand. This is based on counting about 1.3 trillion possible combinations.…

Gambler’s perspective on sports team win probabilities

Michael Beuoy’s win probability model plotted on FiveThirtyEight starts all NBA teams at a 50% chance of winning. Then the probability of winning a game increases and decreases from there.…

Every NBA team’s chances of winning, by game minute

Michael Beuoy made a win probability model for NBA teams and games, based on play-by-play data from 2000 to 2012. The basic calculator lets you punch in the game state,…