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All major meteor showers, as seen from space

There are a lot of meteoroids circling around in space. Ian Webster visualized all of the major ones at once. …

Fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf

Sorting algorithms. Apparently there are an endless number of ways to visualize them in various contexts, and somehow it never …

Towards simple visualization

Irene Ros, the Director of Data Visualization at Bocoup, talks about her path through the field of visualization, which kind …

Catching a real ball in virtual reality

Man wears virtual reality headset. Another man throws a ball to headset-wearing man. Headset-wearing man catches actual ball displayed in …

Economics of airline class

Wendover Productions explains basic economics of airline classes. The passengers in first class and business, assuming seats are occupied, make …

Conflicted public opinion about global warming

Based on estimates from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, The New York Times mapped the percentage of people …

Simulation shows how your mouth works when you talk

You have a mouth with a bunch of tissue in it and manipulate your tongue, lips, throat, and other pieces …

Shifting national budget

The Washington Post looks at the shifting national budget over the past 40 years. Be sure to keep scrolling past …

When Straight Americans Lost Their Virginity

Everyone has his or her own timeline, but here it is in general for Americans.

Penrose map binning

Cartographer Daniel Huffman tried out Penrose tiling for binning in maps: A Penrose tiling is a form of tessellation. It’s …

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Relationships: The First Time…

When Americans had sex, moved in with someone, and so on. Often not average. Far from normal.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Charting All the Beer Styles

The Beer Judge Certification Program lists 100 styles of beer. Here’s a chart for all of them.

Bed Sizes Around the World

A king bed isn’t the same size everywhere. Sometimes, a king is a queen.

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How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator

A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics.

How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4

In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.

Transitioning Map, Part 3: Animate Change Over Time

How to make a bunch of maps and string them together to show change.

Transitioning Map, Part 2: Refining the Format and Layout

How to make a more readable and more visually accurate map, before you dive into the big transitions.

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How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

One Dataset, Visualized 25 Ways

“Let the data speak” they say. But what happens when the data rambles on and on?

Resources to Find the Data You Need, 2016 Edition

This is an update to the guide I wrote in 2009, which as it turns out, is now mostly outdated. So, 2016. Here we go.

Learning R Versus d3.js for Visualization

For those who work with R and d3.js, the differences between the two are obvious. But for those who are …