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Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions

Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data.

Composite Olympic moments

One more Olympics-related piece for the road. The New York Times used photo compositing to show a handful of critical …

Colorgorical generates color schemes for you

Sometimes you need a color scheme quick, and ColorBrewer is typically the de facto, but it has some limitations. You …

The different trends in American crime

Crime is up? Crime is down? It depends on who you ask and where. The Marshall Project analyzed violent crime …

Global terrain maps from Stamen

Missed this one from last month. Stamen announced the release of a whole lot of new terrain map tiles for …

Heptathlon rankings with parallel coordinates

The Guardian covered the rankings for the women’s heptathlon, specifically how Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium pulled off a surprise gold. …

Long-exposure bird flights

Using a long-exposure photography technique, Xavi Bou captured bird flight patterns in his series Ornitographies. Unlike other motion analysis which …

Every fastest man on one track

The New York Times has been pulling from the vault for this year’s Olympics, adapting previous graphics to current results. …

Open data board game

Datopolis is a board game by Ellen Broad and Jeni Tennison from the Open Data Institute, and as you might …

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All the National Food Days

Keep track of the 214 days out of the year that are a national food or drink days.

Household Types, Then and Now

Here’s how common each household type is and was — and how the makeup compares to a few decades ago.

What That Election Probability Means

You’re going to see probability values mentioned a lot these next few months. Many people will misinterpret. But not you.

Most Common Family Types in America

Nuclear is still the most common, but there are millions of households in the United States with a different family structure.

How Much Alcohol Americans Drink

Most people have one or two drinks on average, but some consume much more.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.

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Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions

Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data.

How to Make Square Pie Charts in R

Instead of traditional pie charts that rely on angles and arc lengths to show parts of a whole, try this easier-to-read version.

Annotating Charts in R

Let the data speak for itself they say. That doesn’t work a lot of the time, and when that happens, you need to explain.

A Crash Course for Visualizing Time Series Data in R

Learn to visualize temporal patterns in a couple of days.

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5 Tips for Learning to Code for Visualization

Here are some tips to get you started, based on my own experiences with R, and more recently, the JavaScript library d3.js.

What I Use to Visualize Data

“What tool should I learn? ” I hesitate to answer, because I use what works best for me, which isn’t necessarily the best for someone else or the “best” overall. Nevertheless, here’s my toolset.

Venn Diagrams: Read and Use Them the Right Way

Venn diagrams seem straightforward, but why all the mistakes? Here’s a guide to avoid the snafus.

Bar Chart Baselines Start at Zero

There are visualization rules and there are visualization suggestions. Most are suggestions. The ones that are rules exist because of how our brains process visual information. There’s just no getting around it.