• Who owes what to whom in Europe

    November 22, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    Eurozone debt web

    As the Eurozone crisis develops, the BBC News has a look at what country owes what to whom:

    Europe is struggling to find a way out of the eurozone crisis amid mounting debts, stalling growth and widespread market jitters. After Greece, Ireland, and Portugal were forced to seek bail-outs, Italy - approaching an unaffordable cost of borrowing - has been the latest focus of concern.

    But, with global financial systems so interconnected, this is not just a eurozone problem and the repercussions extend beyond its borders.

    Simply click on a country, whose arc length represents how much they owe, and arrows show debt.

    [BBC News | Thanks, Eugene]

  • Public opinion of the Occupy movement

    November 18, 2011  |  Infographics

    Occupy Movement Opinion

    To get a gauge of public opinion and the Occupy movement, The New York Times asked readers what they they thought, placing their comments on a two-axis grid ranging from strongly disagree/oppose to strongly agree/support.

    On the horizontal: "Do you agree or disagree with the main goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement?" On the vertical: "Do you support or oppose the methods of the protestors?" So comments on the top right are those who strongly agree with the goals of the movement and strongly approve of protestors' methods. You can also color the dots and grid spots based on a range of disagree to agree for statements such as "Income inequality has contributed to the country's problems."

    Then to bring it home, comments are listed on the bottom with a small grid showing where that person selected. Put it all together and it's way more useful than just open threads elsewhere.

    [New York Times]

  • American migration map

    November 17, 2011  |  Mapping

    American migration

    Overhauling his migration map from last year, Jon Bruner uses five year's worth of IRS data to map county migration in America:

    Each move had its own motivations, but in aggregate they ­reflect the geographical marketplace during the boom and bust of the last decade: Migrants flock to Las Vegas in 2005 in search of cheap, luxurious housing, then flee in 2009 as the city’s economy collapses; Miami beckons retirees from the North but offers little to its working-age residents, who leave for the West. Even fast-growing boomtowns like Charlotte, N.C., lose residents to their outlying counties as the demand for exurban tract-housing pushes workers ever outward.

    Compared to last year's map, this one is much improved. The colors are more subtle and more meaningful, and you can turn off the lines so that it's easier to see highlighted counties when the selected county had a lot of traffic during a selected year. Speaking of which, you can see map the data for 2005 through 2009 via the simple bar graphs in the top right.

    Update: Jon also explains how he built this map sans-Flash on his own blog.

  • Politilines shows what candidates talk about during debates

    November 11, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    Politilines by Periscopic

    If you don't watch the candidate debates — and let's face it, that's just about everyone — you pretty much miss everything, except for stuff like Rick Perry forgetting agency names. Politilines, by Periscopic, lets you see what the candidates talked about each night.

    The left column lists top issues, the middle shows words used, and the right column shows candidates. Roll over any word or name to see who talked about what or what was talked about by whom.

    The method:

    We collected transcripts from the American Presidency Project at UCSB, categorized them by hand, then ranked lemmatized word-phrases (or n-grams) by their frequency of use. Word-phrases can be made of up to five words. Our ranking agorithm accounts for things such as exclusive word-phrases - meaning, it won't count "United States" twice if it's used in a higher n-gram such as "President of the United States."

    While still in beta, the mini-app is responsive and easy to use. The next challenge, I think, is to really show what everyone talked about. For example, click on education and you see Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry brought those up. Then roll over the names to see the words each candidate used related to that topic. You get some sense of content, but it's still hard to decipher what each actually said about education.


  • 7 billion people in the world: past, present and future

    October 31, 2011  |  Mapping

    World population

    According to estimates from the United Nations Population Division, there are now over seven billion people in the world. That's enough people to fill, like, an entire room. Yeah. Visualization firm Bestiario, for The Guardian, shows this growth by country, using their home-brewed visual programming language, Impure.

    There are a few options to play with. You can click on the bubble for a country to see the time series on the bottom for population from 1950 to 2010, through a projected 2100 population. Life expectancy for the same range is also shown. To compare geographically, you can also choose the year filters in the bottom right to compare, say, population in 1950 to that of 2010.

    India and China of course pop out in that range, whereas many African populations are expected to increase a lot, percentage-wise, during the next century.

    [The Guardian]

  • Google+ Ripples show influence and how posts are shared

    October 27, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    Google+ Ripples

    Posts and links get shared over and over again, but we usually don't know how. We get counts, but who shares what and how far do does a link reach? Google+ Ripples gives you a peak into the process. A link or status is posted, and like when a pebble is dropped in a pond, a pattern forms outwards.
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  • Visualizing Yahoo email in real-time

    October 13, 2011  |  Visualization

    United States Yahoo Mail

    Hundreds of thousands of emails are sent every second, and yet, you wouldn't really know it because there aren't public-facing streams like that of Twitter. Outside your own inbox, how much email is there exactly? Yahoo, in collaboration with information visualization firm Periscopic, shows you how much email they process in real-time with this interactive feature.
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  • Life expectancy

    Life expectancy changes

    I played around with D3 some more. This time I used data from The World Bank to look at life expectancy over time and by…
  • Kill Math makes math more meaningful

    October 5, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    Kill Math

    After a certain point in math education, like some time during high school, the relevance of the concepts to the everyday and the real world seem to fade. However, in many ways, math lets you describe real life better than you can with just words. Designer Bret Victor hopes to make the abstract and conceptual to real and concrete with Kill Math.
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  • Submarine cable system connecting the world

    October 3, 2011  |  Mapping

    Submarine cable map

    TeleGeography maps underwater cables that connect countries and continents:

    TeleGeography’s free interactive submarine cable map is based on our authoritative Global Bandwidth research, and depicts 188 active and planned submarine cable systems and their landing stations. Selecting a cable route on the map provides access to data about the cable, including the cable’s name, ready-for-service (RFS) date, length, owners, website, and landing points. Selecting a landing point provides a list of all submarine cables landing at that station.

    Just imagining cables that stretch that far seems pretty amazing.

    [Thanks, Harvey]

  • The Fortune 500, 1955 to 2010

    September 28, 2011  |  Statistical Visualization

    The Fortune 500 Profits

    Since 1955, Fortune Magazine has published a list of America's 500 largest companies. What companies have risen to the top? Which ones have fallen? Ben Fry, of Fathom Information Design, visualizes the companies of past and present and how their rankings, revenue, and profit have changed.
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  • How Americans spend their day -full

    How do Americans spend their days?

    One of my favorite data graphics is an interactive piece by The New York Times that shows how Americans spend their day, based on the…
  • Breast cancer conversations

    September 14, 2011  |  Visualization

    Breast cancer chatter

    With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, data visualization firm Periscopic teamed up with GE to explore the conversations about breast cancer on Twitter. Yes, believe it or not, people actually talk about other things besides Justin Bieber with the service.
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  • Evolution of the Web

    September 6, 2011  |  Infographics

    Evolution of the web

    In celebration of Chrome's third birthday, Google teamed up with Hyperakt and Vizzuality to explore the evolution of the Web:

    Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today's web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they're supported in all web browsers.

    The black timelines show major browser releases. As you click each browser icon, you can see how the browser window has changed for each release, which I think is the most interesting part of the interactive.

    Color bands represent browser technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, and Flash, and the bands grow as new browsers integrate the technologies. The intertwining of bands is supposed to show the interaction between different technologies, but it gets fuzzy here. Does the vertical position of bands mean anything? Does shape mean anything, or is it more for show? I think it's a little of both. More the latter. Fun to poke around memory lane either way.

    [Thanks, Deroy]

  • Getting around Chicago in 30 minutes or less

    August 30, 2011  |  Mapping

    Get there inThirty

    When you're deciding on a place to live in a new place, it's always good to know what's in the area. After all, a house close to conveniences and things to do is usually more desirable than a house that is out of the way. InThirty, by Brian Lange of Datascope Analytics, provides some insight, starting with Chicago. Enter an address and see what libraries and parks (restaurants to come) are within 30 minutes of walking, biking, or public transit.

    It's stil fairly basic in what it does. You just get markers on the map for places that are within 30 minutes. The heat map on the layer underneath only changes as you change mode of transportation or between libraries and parks. Colors relative to your entered address could be more useful.

    Still though, like with Mapnificent, I like the idea of searching for things by travel time over distance. If a couple of places are 10 miles versus 20 miles away, I don't really care, if it takes the same amount of time to get there.

    [inThirty | Thanks, Bryan]

  • Growth of newspapers across the United States

    August 24, 2011  |  Mapping

    Growth of Newspapers

    The Rural West Initiative and the Bill Lane Center for the American West explore the growth of newspapers across the United States:

    With American newspapers under stress from changing economics, technology and consumer behavior, it's easy to forget how ubiquitous and important they are in society. For this data visualization, we have taken the directory of US newspaper titles compiled by the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project — nearly 140,000 publications in all — and plotted them over time and space.

    To see the distribution of papers over the years, simply click and drag the slider on the top. Context for each decade is displayed on the right. Each circle represents papers in a city, and the larger the circle the more papers.

    Catch the animated version below. They start in the east and make their way west.
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  • Google Map Maker edits in real-time

    August 16, 2011  |  Mapping

    Google Map Maker edits

    Google Map Maker is a simple tool that lets you draw your own map and share that map with others. The Pulse view lets you see how people are making use of that tool in real-time. On top is the Google Earth view. On the bottom is a zoomed in view of the actual edit. Just press play, and see how people around the world are using Map Maker.

    It's a simple map that is of the same likeness as the Zappos sales map and the even older Twittervision, but somehow it's still fun to peek in to see what people are doing.

    [Google Map Maker via @johnmaeda]

  • The Sexperience 1000 shows a (statistical) view of what goes on in the bedroom

    August 16, 2011  |  Infographics

    Age and virginity

    The bedroom is a private place, and what goes on in the bedroom usually stays in the bedroom. However, the Sexperience 1000 (by Mint Digital and Lingobee), using data from the "Great Britain Sex Survey," provides a statistical picture of what people do or have done.
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  • Find popular places to stay with Google Hotel Finder

    August 11, 2011  |  Mapping

    Google hotel finder

    When you're picking a hotel to stay at in an area you don't know well, the place you end up at can be arbitrary. With most travel sites, you get a list of hotels with ratings, which is helpful, but still feels confusing at times. Sites like Hipmunk aim to make the search easier. Most recently Google launched a new experiment called Hotel Finder.
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  • People moving

    August 10, 2011  |  Network Visualization

    Moving to the USA

    Hundreds of thousands of people immigrate every year, with some countries seeing higher rates than others. To compare and to gain a better sense of the number of people moving around, Carlo Zapponi created peoplemovin.
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