Visualization

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

See a 150mph tennis serve to your face

Hawk-Eye is a collection of technologies that allows high-granularity sports tracking, most notably in tennis. It’s similar to what we see with basketball, football, soccer, and basically every sport where…

Earth time-lapse from 22,000 miles out

Japan has a new weather satellite in stationary orbit, Himawari-8, that takes a picture of Earth every ten minutes. String those together and you get a super-detailed time-lapse video of…

Map of just the time zones

Kind of fun. Branden Rishel mapped just the time zones. No borders or countries for context. In case you’re confused and want to know where these lines come from, BBC…

Make a map poster of anywhere

Map posters are easy to come by for major cities. But if you want one for a less densely populated area of the world, you might be out of luck.…

Pluto reflectance map: Whale and the Donut

Using images taken by New Horizons between June 27 and July 3, this is the latest NASA map informally named the Whale and the Donut. Now, use your imagination here…

Journey to Pluto

The New Horizons spacecraft launched on January 19, 2006 and is set to fly by Pluto next week on July 14, 2015. The New York Times provides a short documentary…

A more realistic perspective of country sizes

Most of us have seen the True Size of Africa graphic that squishes multiple countries into an area we normally see as much smaller. This is because of projections, which…

U.S. women’s soccer gameplan

I know next to nothing about soccer. Like there’s nothing, and then I’m sitting right there next to it. But, the New York Times provides an explanation of the U.S.…

Don’t let the maps fool you

Maps are fun to look at and get easier to make every day, so there’s a lot of them floating around in the world. But before you sit down to…

Comparison of shifted public opinion

David Leonhardt and Alicia Parlapiano compared public opinion over time for various social issues, based on estimates from the Pew Research Center and Gallup. The issues fall into two categories.…

Combining Inside Out emotions for new ones

Spoiler alert for Inside Out. At the climax of the movie, we see that emotions can combine for deeper, more complex feelings, and it’s these combinations that get Riley through…

Animated map shows Trans-Atlantic slave trade

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database provides records for thousands of voyages between the 16th and 19th centuries. Andrew Kahn for Slate mapped about 20,000 of them. Portugal and Spain are…

Data into art and connecting to humans

Visualization tends to rest in the realm of efficiency and accuracy. From a research perspective, these are easier things to measure than say, emotion and connection to the data that…

Same-sex marriage legalized in all states

The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage today. NPR shows before and after the ruling for each state using their new favorite hexagon grid. [via @onyxfish]…

Drought report cards for California water districts

Thomas Suh Lauder for the Los Angeles Times provides you with a way to see how the water district near you is doing relative to the rest of the state.…

Working with R at the New York Times

Amanda Cox from the New York Times was on the Data Stories podcast. You should listen. She talks about how she uses R, workflow at the New York Times, and…

Refugee migration mapped globally

According to estimates recently released by the United Nations, about 14 million left their home countries because of conflict or persecution. Sergio Pecanha and Tim Wallace for the New York…

Entire English Wikipedia in physical print

The exhibit From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! opened last week with a hit of the start button. Michael Mandiberg wrote a script to upload the Wikipedia corpus to print-on-demand service Lulu…

Excel heat map hack

John Nelson from IDV Solutions explains how he uses a Microsoft Excel hack to make geographic cell maps.…

Data journalism hoorah

In parallel to the Google Trends release, the Google News Lab produced a video interviewing a bunch of data journalism folks about the importance of data in storytelling. It’s mostly…

Traded animals

Based on data from the CITES Trade Database, “more than 27 million animals were traded internationally in 2013 for purposes ranging from garment production to traditional Chinese medicine, trophies, and…

Super Mario Bros. was designed on graph paper

Leading up to the release of Super Mario Maker, which lets you create your own Mario world, Miyamoto and Tezuka talked about their own process while creating the original video…

Quick reference guide to thematic cartography

Mapping data is so much about subtleties. The little things add up to make a full map exponentially better than one that wasn’t given the proper attention. But in case…

Length of the average master’s thesis

A while back beckmw found the average length of a dissertation for various fields of study, based on digital archives at the University of Minnesota. Here’s a follow-up to that…

More presidential candidates please

“If it seems as if the list of presidential candidates for 2016 is growing by the day, that is because it is, at least on the Republican side.” Alicia Parlapiano…

Endangered species depicted with geometric pieces

In Pieces by designer Bryan James is an animated piece that uses simple geometric shapes to depict thirty endangered species.…

Getting bees to construct geographic maps

In an exploration of the connection between humans an nature, artist Ren Ri uses beeswax as his medium and the bee colony as the builder. Yeah. Because a colony will…

Growth of Las Vegas metro and skyline

Western cities are growing but water supplies are decreasing. That’s not good. ProPublica, as part of their series Killing the Colorado, focuses on the fastest growing Western city: Las Vegas.…

Chess piece moving patterns

Million Base is a database of 2.2 million chess games. Steve Tung visualized chess piece journeys based on this data, for each piece on the board. Above is the footprint…

From European cities, how long it takes to travel elsewhere

After seeing an isochrone map drawn by Francis Galton, Peter Kerpedjiev was curious if he could apply the method to travel times in Europe.…