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Map projections illustrated with a face

Most people, at least those who visit sites like FlowingData, know about map projections. You have to do math to get the globe, a thing…

A visual exploration of refugee migrations

Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma visualized migrations over time and space in The Refugee Project. The interactive is based on United Nations data, which is naturally…

Cherry picking years for random sports statements

When you watch sports, it can sometimes feel like the stat guy pulls random numbers for the talking heads to ponder, and you can't help…

Facial hair trends over time

In 1976, Dwight E. Robinson, an economist at the University of Washington, studied facial hair of the men who appeared in the Illustrated London News…

Timeline shows a century of rock history

Jessica Edmondson visualized the history of rock music, from foundations in the pre-1900s to a boom in the 1960s and finally to what we have…

Happy new year around the world

New Year's is a worldwide event, but as we know, it doesn't happen simultaneously everywhere. Midnight happens in different time zones and in various languages,…

Body maps show where we feel emotion

Engineering and psychology researchers in Finland investigated where we feel and don't feel. The team showed the volunteers two blank silhouettes of person on a…

Evolution of reddit in stacked areas

Computer science PhD student Randy Olson likes to analyze reddit in his spare time. We saw his network of subreddits already, but his look earlier…

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…