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Evolution of The New York Times front page

From Josh Begley, this quickfire flip book shows every New York Times front page since 1852. Watch the shift from …

Forest of Numbers

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the National Art Center in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux made the Forest of Numbers. The …

Annotate charts with a few clicks using ChartAccent

Some say annotation is the most important layer for charts meant for public consumption. It directs readers where to look …

R for Excel users

For Excel users getting started with R, pain oftentimes finds its way into the learning process. Gordon Shotwell feels your …

Open data from The White House returns no results

When you search for datasets on The White House site, you get nothing. So yeah. That’s where we’re at.

Graphs from 1900 that depict a snapshot of African American life

In 1900, W. E. B. Du Bois and his students drew a series of charts for The Exhibit of American …

Data Selfie: Chrome extension logs what Facebook learns about you

Facebook logs data about you and how you use their application. I know this. You know this. From there, Facebook …

One square mile in different cities

As part of his dissertation, Geoff Boeing generated these maps that show one square mile of road network in select …

Sharing the same traits and qualities

My son used to watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (a modern take on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) a lot, and one song’s …

RIP Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling passed away this morning. The man. The legend.

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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?

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.

Fast Food Menu of Calories

How does the distribution of calories vary by fast food restaurant? Here’s a chart that shows all the menu items for ten of the biggest national fast food chains.

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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 …