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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 weight of medal winners from…

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 three Summer Olympics, 64 of the…

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 view, and when you click…

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 interactive that compares demographics based…

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 it hard for others to…

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 changed over time. Vijay Pandurangan…

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 see different patterns of activity…

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 Forum on Religious and Public…

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 site with a lot of…

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, just ported the technique to…

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 they found that the recruiters…

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 country in this interactive for…

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 times. Or to put it…

Who voted for Santorum and Romney

As a complement to Shan Carter's exit poll dancing boxes, The New York Times provides another view with an interactive triangular scatterplot. In the dancing boxes, you can see how…

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, accidental chart

This came via Twitter from @christopferd: Will @flowingdata caption my 2 yr old's first [accidental] chart with his #thomas trains? How could I resist? You gotta get 'em while they're…

Slicing Obama’s 2013 budget proposal four ways

With Obama's recent budget for next year proposed, Shan Carter et. al of The New York Times let you explore the plan in their new interactive. It provides four distinct…

Compare presidential candidate fundraising

Presidential candidates have raised $186 million up to now, according to the Federal Election Commission. The New York Times lets you compare the amounts raised by each candidate, over time…

Words used in SOTU and Republican presidential candidates in debates

Jonathan Corum for The New York Times examines word usage by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union addresses and the words used by Republican candidates in their…

Job growth at the best companies to work for

Nicolas Rapp and Anne Vandermey with a straightforward look at new jobs added at the top 100 companies to work for, according to Fortune. Fat paychecks, sweet perks, fun colleagues,…

Optimized dart throwing and other games

If you play darts just trying to hit the bullseye, you aren't playing for maximum output. Don't fret though. DataGenetics is here to help with mathematical advice on how to…

Apollo 11 lunar landing told through data

From Yanni Loukissas of the MIT Laboratory for Automation, Robotics, and Society, comes the story of the Apollo 11 lunar landing told via multiple time series running in parallel and…

Corruption versus human development

Transparency International released annual data for the Corruption Perceptions Index. The Economist plotted it against the UN's Human Development Index: Comparing the corruption index with the UN's Human Development Index…