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Highway traffic reorganized by color

In the video above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker reorganized midday traffic by color. No computer-generated elements required. In this new video I took a four…

Military footprint

Similar to his collection of prison map snapshots, Josh Begley collected images of military bases around the world. In addition to the map -- which…

Earth wind map

Remember the wind map of the United States by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas? Cameron Beccario made one for Earth, based on data from the…

Network of subreddits

There are over 5,000 subreddits with plenty of overlap and similarities. Randy Olson graphed them based on link activity and users and put them in…

Data and visualization year in review, 2013

Visualization continues to mature and focus more on the data it represents than on novel designs and size. Let's have a look back.

Airport billboard encourages wonderment

Airports conjure thoughts of security, bag checks, and cramped spaces, and flights are hardly something to look forward to. British Airways wants to bring…

State gun laws since Newtown

The New York Times explored state gun bills since Newtown. In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,…

Uncertain cartographies

Most people know the layout of their neighborhoods and some are good with the roads in their town. Zoom out farther though — to your…

Rocky movie breakdown

Fathom Information Design watched all six Rocky movies, classified segments into dialogue, training, montages, pre-fight, fight, and credits, and then visualized it. Rocky Morphology is…

Growth in civic tech

Fathom Information Design, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Quid, visualized the growth of civic tech based on an analysis of terms used to…

Artist temperaments

Just for kicks, Jimmy Chen plotted artists on a subjective arrogance-vs-genius scale. Above is the one for singers.…

Online habitats

Ekisto, by visual artist Alex Dragulescu, is an experiment in visualizing online communities that provides an interesting city effect. So far there are views for…

What Antarctica looks like underneath the ice

Based largely on satellite data and the results of an airborne data collection mission compiled by the British Antarctic Survey, Bedmap2 by NASA Goddard is…

Climate change described visually

A video from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme explains global warming and projected changes in the near future. I wanted them to provide more contrast to…

MiseryMap of current flight delays and cancelations

FlightAware is a live flight tracker that lets you look up a flight to see where a plane is (and also provides a for-fee API).…

Top reddits of all time

For the downtime post-turkey. James Trimble stuck the top 200 reddits of all time into a treemap. Let the time suck begin.…

Your life in jellybeans

Using the effective jellybean method, Ze Frank describes the finite time we have. Each bean represents a day in the life of an average person.…

Where the public radio is

Andrew Filer mapped the reach of public radio stations in the United Stations, based on data from Wikipedia and the station search from the Federal…

Super ZIP codes

The Washington Post looked at Super ZIP codes, a classification based on household income and education levels. It's a featured story, but it leads off…

Spectrogram shows dialup modem handshake sounds

Presented mostly for my fond memories as a grade schooler, with a fresh 2400 bps modem in the 486, who recently discovered something called a…

Global forest change

Hansen, Potapov, Moore, Hancher et al. produced high-resolution maps of global forestry to estimate change between 2000 and 2012. Quantification of global forest change has…

Bourbon family tree

Colin Spoelman for GQ illustrated an educated guess of the bourbon family tree. This chart shows the major distilleries operating in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana,…