Designer Juan Pablo Bravo illustrates 100 Pixar characters to scale, from Wally B. and Luxo Jr. to Wall E. and Lotso, from the upcoming Toy Story 3. Main characters are highlighted in yellow. Catch the full giganto version of the graphic on Flickr.
With the 2010 UK elections coming up, the Guardian explores possible outcomes, given a certain amount of swing votes. Three views are provided: a grid map (above), your traditional geographic map, and a bar chart. You can select a region of interest, and it stays highlighted as you switch between the options.
The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. I've added openings up to the planned one in Virgina (in May of this year) as well as openings for Sam's Club, the Walmart-owned warehouse club. Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico locations are in there too now.
As you might expect, Sam's Club locations appear to trail Walmart locations (except in Hawaii and Alaska).
What you might not expect though is all the Puerto Rico locations. I didn't realize it was so popular there. They got their first one in 1971, well before the first California location in 1990. Whether that's a good or bad thing is debatable.
Check it out for yourself. See any interesting patterns?
In case you missed them, here are the top posts from March, based on a combination of pageviews and comments.
- Data Underload #12 - Famous Movie Quotes
- Challenge: Let's do something with these 3-D pyramids
- Think like a statistician - without the math
- Canada: the country that pees together stays together
- Mapping GitHub - a network of collaborative coders
- Japan, the strange country, in motion graphics
- Powerpoint and dying kittens
- How Genetics Works
- Graphical perception - learn the fundamentals first
- What burger chain reigns supreme?
From the Forums
There's also some good stuff from the FD forums.
- Data Visualization Freelance Job - two-week gig in NYC for heartbeat digital.
- Health information design with geographic skills - another job opening.
- Infographic Designer/Illustrator Needed - noticing a trend here?
- Data analysis on elections and targeting for the DNC
- Minard redesign competition - remake the classic graphic. Win some posters.
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.…
Matthew Bloch, Ford Fessenden, and Shan Carter continue the New York Times geographic sexiness with their recent interactive, mapping taxi flow across Manhattan over time. The scroll up top lets you move through times of the week, or just press play and watch it go. You can also roll over blocks to see rides per hour.
Affording Health Care - Some weirdness going on with the area chart on the curve of the leg, but I like the aesthetic of the graphic overall.
Wolfram Alpha shifts focus to ubiquity - Lowered iPhone app price by 96% and brought back mobile version of website.
State of Twitter Spam - With lots of users comes more bad ones. Luckily Twitter has been making good steps forward.
FollowTheMoney - Updated so you can easily download all contribution records for your state, local officials, or committees. Create an account or sign in via Facebook.
P.S. Happy Easter!
The first thing I said about a year ago when I met with them for the first time is that their model should be a first-rate news website... Once we got the news metaphor and got the intense mapping, that’s halfway there. I wouldn't give it an A yet. There’s, you know, still a ways to go, and I know some of them, and I hope to, you know, find a few more.
Once Recovery.gov is further along, hopefully other government organizations follow suit, starting with Data.gov...or maybe Census...or the Bureau of Labor Statistics...or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Listen to the six-minute interview below.
Location-aware apps are the hot topic nowadays, and with all the tech-oriented people congregating at South by Southwest, there was a whole lot of checking-in to be done, especially with all the parties and get-togethers. Everyone wanted to know where everyone else was at.
To be honest, I still feel kind of uneasy about the whole location-sharing thing. Anyone care to share their experience?
As you know, there's this big wave of transparency going on right now, and many organizations want to do more than just post a bunch of spreadsheets. They actually want to visualize it and share their data in a way that can be consumed by the general public. InstantAtlas aims to make that easy - without any code.
Some people love 'em and others hate 'em. Now you can play with streamgraphs (seen here and here) yourself, whatever side you might be on. Lee Byron has made the code available on Github, under a BSD license.
It's in Processing, and it's not plug-n-play like many of you are probably hoping for, but on a quick skim, the code does look very readable and shouldn't be too hard to grasp for those with a little bit of coding knowledge. I recommend reading Lee and Martin's streamgraph paper first though.
March 22 was World Water Day, and TreeHugger posted this graphic on drinking water that is available in the world. The main point is that a very small percentage of water in the world is actually drinkable. It's definitely a story worth telling, but the graphic doesn't work at all. Even as a simple presentation of percentages (from UN-Water Statistics), it's confusing.
How can we improve this graphic to tell the story more clearly? Discuss.
Design student Kenichi Tanaka animates the history of Japan for his final thesis project.
He pokes fun at his culture a little bit there in the beginning, yeah? I feel like something is getting lost in translation.
Update: The English version was taken down, unfortunately. Here's the original Japanese version. The graphics are still in English, so you can probably understand most of it without the narration.
The Final Four is just about here. Who's going to win it all? It's anyone's guess at this point, but what we can do while we wait is examine who's won in the past. Leonardo Aranda takes a gander at who has won in each round since 1985, by ranking, with a color-coded bracket that resembles a stacked area chart.
I think if he used just two colors per corner (instead of entire palettes) and brightness indicating rank, it might be a bit easier to read in the first rounds. At the very least, you could find the Cinderella stories quicker, which is the most exciting part of the tournament a lot of the time.
I still like the concept though. It reminds me of Stephen's crayon colors.
See the full-sized version here.
Who's your money on?
In a follow up to Apps for America, Sunlight Labs just introduced their next contest: Design for America.
This 10 week long design and data visualization extravaganza is focused on connecting the talents of art and design communities throughout the country to the wealth of government data now available through bulk data access and APIs, and to help nurture the field of information visualization. Our goal is simple and straightforward — to make government data more accessible and comprehensible to the American public.
There are three subject areas to appeal to different types of designers too. There's data visualization, process transparency, and redesigning the government for a total of seven challenges each with a $5,000 top prize. Not bad, eh? Visit Sunlight Labs for more details.
By the way, I'm one of the judges (along with Charles Blow, Andrew Vande Moere, Nicholas Felton, and others). You've got about two months to show me what you got. Go on, I dare ya.
Oftentimes, you'll want to fit a line to a bunch of data points. This tutorial will show you how to do that quickly and easily using open-source software, R.
You never know what you gonna get. Life is also known to be like: a box of crayons, a park, a taxi, the surf, falling in love, a bowl of…
A few centuries ago, scientists designed the periodic table to organize the elements we knew about in a way that was useful. Elements were grouped by similar properties on the horizontal and vertical. Somewhere down the line, more recently, someone decided to squeeze a different dataset into the same structure. It made very little sense, but it caught on. Maybe because it looked scientific and official. I don't know.
IBM has been spreading the whole "smarter planet" spiel for a while now, but in the past few days, they've revealed the punchline. It's data. The key to a smarter planet is learning how to process and extract information from the 15 petabytes of data we generate per day.
Surprising? No, not at all. Data's the hot thing right now, and that's where the money's at. Learn how to process all of it and you're gold.