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The size of Game of Thrones dragons compared

Because Game of Thrones. Max Fleishman and Fernando Alfonso III for The Daily Dot compared the size of dragons on various shows and movies, from Mushu to Toothless to Smaug…

Views of white Americans

In light of the Donald Sterling brouhaha, Amanda Cox for The Upshot put up some charts for why you shouldn't be surprised that people still say racist things, based on…

Interactive visualization used as music video

George & Jonathan used an interactive audio visualization for their recent album George & Jonathan III. This is a fun one. You can rotate the camera as you like, as…

Lawmaking through the House and Senate visualized

Researchers at the University of Washington's Center for American Politics and Public Policy built the Legislative Explorer to show the lawmaking process in action. The visualization allows you to watch…

Audio visualizer made with matrix of fire

The Pyro Board is a matrix of 2,500 flames that have controllable intensity, which can be used as an audio visualizer. Yeah, really. Just watch the video below. [via Colossal]…

Detailed map of baseball fandom

For the past couple of sports seasons, Facebook mapped the most liked team by county. They did it for football (NFL), the NCAA basketball tournament, and baseball (MLB). Although generalized,…

Where people bike and run, worldwide

Remember those running maps I made with limited data from RunKeeper? Strava, which also provides an app to track your runs and bike rides, has a much more expansive version…

Music preference by region

Movoto mapped music preference for various genres, across the United States. We calculated musical taste scores using data from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics,…

How people die in America

Matthew Klein for Bloomberg View explored mortality in America through a slidedeck of charts. The animations in between each slide grows tedious, but the topics covered, going beyond just national…

Where nobody lives

We've seen the map of where everyone lives. Now here's the reverse of that by Nik Freeman: where nobody lives in the United States. A Block is the smallest area…

Weird stacked area map thing

This chart-map-looking thing from Nightly News is making the rounds, and it's not good. I'm opening the comments below for critique so that you can release your angst. Signed copy…

Five decades of warm and cold weather anomalies

This year's polar vortex churned up some global warming skeptics, but as we know, it's more useful to look at trends over significant spans of time than isolated events. And,…

High-detail maps with Disser

Open data consultancy Conveyal released Disser, a command-line tool to disaggregate geographic data to show more details. For example, we've seen data represented with uniformly distributed dots to represent populations,…

Independent coffee shops and community

As part of the You Are Here project from the MIT Media Lab, an exploration of independent coffee shops in San Francisco: Independent coffee shops are positive markers of a…

Regional macrobrews

FloatingSheep pointed their Twitter geography towards beer (and wine). From Sam Adams in New England to Yuengling in Pennsylvania to Grain Belt and Schlitz in the upper Midwest, these beers…

Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

The New York Public Library announced open access to 20,000 maps, making them free to download and use. The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to…

Planetary layer cake

From Cakecrumbs, a product that helps you learn while you eat: planetary layer cakes. The graduate student slash baker hobbyist's sister asked if she could make one, and at first…

Exponential water tank

Hibai Unzueta, based on a paper by Albert Bartlett, demonstrates exponential growth with a simple animation. It depicts a man standing in a tank with finite capacity and water rising…

Centuries of European border changes

The Centennia Historical Atlas is a program that shows you border changes in Europe and the Middle East, from the 11th century to the present. It's meant as an educational…

Smoking rates and income

Based on a study on smoking prevalence from 1996 to 2012, a map by The New York Times shows the results. Smoking rates among men and women have declined overall…

Reconstructing Google Streetview as a point cloud

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an MFA Design & Technology student, scraped depth from Google Streetview and then reconstructed it in openFrameworks. The result is Point Cloud City. See it in action…

Human heartbeat

Jen Lowe tracks her heart rate with a Basis watch, and she's showing the last 24 hours of that data in One Human Heartbeat. Basis doesn't provide an open API,…

Level of road grid

Seth Kadish looked at the road network of several major counties and estimated the directions the streets run. The result is a set of charts that shows which cities use…

Graph TV shows ratings by episode

Kevin Wu made a straightforward interactive that lets you see IMDB television ratings over time, per episode and by season.…

Failed Bitcoin market activity

Stamen visualized Bitcoin activity, noting a variety of traders who knew what they were doing, didn't know what they were doing, and were apparently automated. In February 2014 MtGox, one…

NBA passing dynamics

With player tracking installed in all of the NBA arenas, the sports analytics folks can essentially replay entire games through data and dissect the many facets of play. Andrew Bergmann…

An exploration of cultural production

Pantheon, a project from the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab, explores cultural influences across countries and domains. To make our efforts tractable, Pantheon will not focus on…

Beer me, Minnesota

The Star Tribune has a fun interactive that recommends Minnesota brews, based on five key beer characteristics. Use sliders to enter your preference of bitterness, aroma, etc and the results…

Before and after lot vacancy

Justin Blinder used New York's city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots. Vacated mines and combines different datasets on vacant lots to…

Find new beers to drink

Based on reviews from BeerAdvocate, Beer Viz, a visualization class project, asks you to choose a general style of beer and a beer that you like. Then it shows you…