• Mapping human development in America

    November 19, 2010  |  Mapping

    Mapping the measure of America

    In work with the American Human Development Project, Rosten Woo and Zachary Watson map the Human Development Index, along with many other indicators in this thorough interactive.
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  • What generation do you belong to?

    November 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    Talkin bout your generation

    In this interactive, USA Today guesses your age, based on what influenced you as a teenager:

    The year you were born partly determines what generation you belong to, but so do your cultural experiences. The chart below shows the offset from birth years to one's teenage years — when people are most influenced by the world around them — and the music, movies, TV, news, fashion, technology, toys and sports of those eras.

    Simple and entertaining. I took the quiz twice, and it was different each time. It was one year off both times, so dead on when you take the average. What generation do you belong to?

    [USA Today]

  • Keeping an eye on election results

    November 2, 2010  |  Mapping

    House Race Ratings on NYT

    All eyes here in the states will be on election results tonight, and all the major graphics desks have been hard at work to provide you up-to-date results as the numbers start to roll in. While you'll be able to see results just about anywhere you look, here are some of the online spots to keep an eye on. They've all got the red, blue, and yellow map, but each provides different functionality.
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  • Issues Americans care about

    November 1, 2010  |  Statistical Visualization

    What Americans care about interacive chart

    Every year the Pew Research Center asks Americans what their top political priority is for the year. It should come as no surprise that the economy, jobs, and terrorism top the list.
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  • The Election on Twitter

    November 1, 2010  |  Infographics

    Election and tweets

    In what seems to have become an expectation during all major events, a Twitter tracker from the New York Times shows you what candidates are getting the most and least buzz. Each circle represents tweets from a candidate, retweets, and tweets direct at, colored appropriately by party. Press play and they grow and shrink over time. Select a specific candidate(s) to see the specific breakdowns.

  • Journalism in the Age of Data

    September 27, 2010  |  Visualization


    In the words of Terrell Owens, get your popcorn ready, because this video (below) is awesome. During his Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford, Geoff McGhee interviewed visualization trendsetters on how they deal and what they do with data in Journalism in the Age of Data:

    Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays?

    Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas kick things off with some of the work they did with IBM. Then it's Ben Fry from Fathom, then Jeffrey Heer from Stanford, and then Steve Duenes, Matt Ericson, and Amanda Cox of The New York Times. Later on, there's some Nicholas Felton on his Feltron Report and Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen, with several others.
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  • Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

    April 7, 2010  |  Projects

    Growth of Walmart and Sams Club

    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?

    P.S. You can find out more about how this was done here, and download the (outdated) code here.

  • Compare What Your Senators and Reps are Talking About With Congress Speaks

    July 31, 2009  |  Infographics


    There's a lot of talking in congressional meetings, but what are your state senators and representatives talking about? Design group Periscopic explores what congress men and women said from 2007 to 2008 in this tongue-in-cheek comparison tool with talking heads. The best part about the tool is that behind the humor is actually something useful.

    Compare word distributions of senators, of states, of a senator to a state, or representatives, so on and so forth. We get breakdowns by gender, number of words spoken, and by state. All data come from public records.

    [via @krees]

  • Mapping and Animating Growth of Target Across United States

    January 30, 2009  |  Projects

    After I produced a map that shows the growth of Walmart, there were tons of comments that were along the lines of, "I would love to see this for insert company here." I was happy to see the enthusiasm, but the hard part is getting the data for all store locations and opening dates.
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