You might not know it, but there are actually a ton of data and visualization blogs out there. I’m a bit of a feed addict subscribing to just about anything with a chart or a mention of statistics on it (and naturally have to do some feed-cleaning every now and then). In a follow up to my short list last year, here are the data-ish blogs, some old and some new, that continue to post interesting stuff.
Data and Statistics
- By the Numbers – Column from The New York Times visual Op-ed columnist, Charles Blow, who also used to be NYT’s graphics director.
- Data Mining – Matthew Hurst, scientist at Microsoft’s MSN, also the co-creator of BlogPulse.
- Statistical Modeling – We might disagree on certain things, but Andrew’s blog is one of the few active pure statistics blogs.
- The Numbers Guy – Data-minded reporting from Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal.
- Basketball Geek – Like statistical analysis and basketball?
- Eager Eyes – Robert Kosara, assistant professor in computer science at UNCC.
- Charts – Tips and ideas on visualization, analytics, and business intelligence.
- Junk Charts – Deconstruction and reconstruction of questionable viz. Hey, even one of mine.
- PeltierTech – Excel-oriented analysis from Jon Peltier.
- Chart Porn
- Juice Analytics
- Visual Complexity – Lots of network visualization.
- Datavisualiztion.ch – One of the newer ones, but good so far.
- Simple Complexity
- Forest and the Trees – Flex and Flash stuff. Not incredibly active anymore, but one of the first I subscribed to a couple years ago.
- Axis Maps – Some theory, some applications.
- Cartogrammar – Catographer Andy Woodruff, now a developer at Axis Maps.
- indiemaps – Another Axis Maps developer, Zachary Johnson.
- Making Maps: DIY Cartography – Interesting map examples.
- Strange Maps – Well-established map blog with quite the following and great commentary.
Design & Infographics
- information aesthetics – I doubt there are many who read FlowingData who haven’t heard about Andrew’s blog.
- Neoformix – Jeff has been doing a lot of stuff with Twitter lately. Glad to read that he recently pledged to post more often.
- Well-formed Data – Hasn’t been updating much lately, but Moritz has some interesting projects every now and then.
- Cool Infographics
- Infographics News
- Nicolas Rapp – Art Director for the Associated Press Interactive Design & Graphics Department.
- Dataviz – Someone’s tumblelog. Not sure who’s but good stuff.
- WallStats – Jess Bachman, of Mint graphics and Death & Taxes poster.
Others Worth Noting
- Quantified Self – Of personal interest to me since so much of my work is on self-surveillance.
- Random, etc. – Tom of Stamen Design. Hasn’t updated in a while, but always like to hear from the Stamen guys.
- Ben Fry Writing – Co-creator of Processing and author of Visualizing Data.
- Stamen Design
- tecznotes – Another Stamen Design fellow, Michal Migurski. Talking about custom online maps recently.
- The Big Picture – Economics from Barry Ritholtz.
- Waxy – Not always data, but always interesting from Andy Baio.
- Serial Consign – Greg is more architecture than data or viz, but the fields share many of the same principles.
That’s what I read. Looking over the list, I seem to enjoy the blogs of those who are actually actively involved in what they’re writing about. The experience provides that tasty, data flavor.
Are there any data-ish blogs that you read that aren’t listed above? What are your favorite data blogs (besides FlowingData :)? Let us know in the comments. Here are some of the Twitter replies to get things started:
@hungryclone: none lol
@libbyh: http://infosthetics.com but FD’s still my fav
@amrita_chanda: Blogs I follow are:Info aesthetics, Wallstats, blprnt, visuale, visualcomplexity, infogrphicsnews, perceptualedge, and urs :-)
@colorfuldata: there are so manyâ€¦ yours is my first choice together with infostethics.com, datavisualization.ch and visualcomplexity.com
@jrhoads: yours is all I read at the moment (thanks to @cjoh) but I’d love to see your responses.
@caaquino: I like Infosthetics, Infographics News, Cool Infographics, the Stamen blog. Curious to see anything new that others read too!
@Mojowen: Not sure if these count as data blogs, but Five Thirty Eight, The Big Picture (how I found FD), and Real Climate
@mhenly: the ASA’s Contexts Graph blog http://contexts.org/graphic…
@vergeclub: Data Mining, Info Aesthetics, visual methods. Got any tips for datamapping?
@nkri: Following @Tableau, blog.bissantz.com, and www.juiceanalytics.com/writing