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Color names plotted against gender

A couple of years ago, xkcd ran a survey that asked people to name colors. Stephen Von Worley plotted that data by gender in an…

Animated political contributions

The Forest of Advocacy is a series of animations that explores the political contribution patterns among eight organizations, such as Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs,…

History of tax breaks

Kat Downs, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish of The Washington Post look at the tax breaks from the 1970s to 2011 in an interactive. The…

Wikipedia is dominated by male editors

After he saw a New York Times article on the gender gap among Wikipedia contributors (The contributor base is only 13 percent women), Santiago Ortiz…

Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who's paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart. In 1960, almost 100% of the spending…

Twitter Political Index measures feelings towards candidates

In partnership with social analytics service Topsy, Twitter launched a Political Index that measures sentiment towards Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Each day, the Index…

Comparing Romney’s tax returns to presidential returns

Lee Drutman, a Senior Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, compared the tax returns of previous presidents against that of Mitt Romney. This scatter plot highlights…

Tracking the spread of AIDS

Adam Cole and Nelson Hsu for NPR plotted the percentage of people, ages 15 to 49, living with HIV from 1990 to 2009. By 1990,…

Olympian age distributions compared

Last week, the Washington Post compared the ages of Olympians, but it only focused on range, so you couldn't see the variation in between. For…

Where you measure up against Olympians

I think the theme of this year's Olympic graphics is how you relate to athletes. In this interactive by the BBC (in Spanish), height and…

Age range of US Olympic athletes, by sport

The Washington Post has a fun piece that compares your age to that of Olympic athletes over the past three years. In the past…

A graphical summary of Euro 2012 on Twitter

Nicolas Belmonte, a data visualization scientist at Twitter, visualized the change in tweet volume during Euro 2012. It starts with a streamgraph for an overall…

Side-by-side comparisons for Australian Census

Last week, Australia released data for their 2011 Census. Small Multiples, in collaboration with Special Broadcasting Service, put the data to use and built an…

Chart Chooser helps you choose charts

There are a lot of charts to choose from, and if you pick the wrong one you'll end up communicating the wrong message or make…

Evolution of movie poster colors

We've seen a number of looks at movie poster cliches, but this is the first time I've seen how the color of movie posters have…

When the world sleeps, based on Twitter activity

Twitter engineers Miguel Rios and Jimmy Lin explored tweet volumes in different cities and found some interesting tidbits about how people use the service. We…

Even simple charts can tell a story

Regardless of your politics, this chart is a great example of how data can tell a story. It's a very simple graph by the Pew…

The U.K. energy consumption guide

I'm a sucker for anything cute and bubbly, and the U.K. Energy Consumption Guide created by Epiphany is no exception. It combines a vertical scrolling…

Parallel Sets for categorical data, D3 port

A while back, Robert Kosara and Caroline Ziemkiewicz shared their work on Parallel Sets, a way to visually explore categorical data. Software developer, Jason Davies,…

How recruiters look at your resume

In a study by TheLadders (of n equals 30), recruiters looked at resumes and make some judgments. During evaluations, eye tracking software was employed, and…

Towards a Low-carbon World

Carbon output. We want to reduce it, but some countries have a longer way to go than others. Pitch Interactive shows progress (or non-progress) by…

Odds of losing in roulette

Jay Jacobs has some fun with roulette simulations and explores the odds of winning for different bets. Above shows a simulation of 250 spins 20,000…