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
calculatedrisk.com should becalculatedriskblog.com – first one is just a squatted domain.
Nathan, if you see my blog as “mostly Excel tips”, well, I have to do something about it… I like to see it as “data visualization that you can use Excel for”, or “better information visualization for the masses”…
Here are some blogs I read:
Clearly and Simply
More Information per Pixel
http://blog.blprnt.com/ (see tweets above)
A few good ones that you missed:
– Complexity and Social Networks
– Computational Legal Studies
– Social Science Statistics Blog
Thanks for the list, just upgraded the RSS feed!
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What about the Guardian’s datablog and datastore? Everyday we share the world’s best data and visualisations at http://www.guardian.co.uk/datablog
Another one to add would be ManyEyes at http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/. They give you the opportunity to try out different visualizations with different data sources.
@Jorge – you’re right. maybe excel-focused design tips would have been more appropriate… although looking through your archives, it’s not even really all that Excel. Changed.
Great post- lots of good sites here. Thanks.
Shouldn’t any discussion of data also include some thinking about privacy? That’s what the organization I work with believes, that if we have more honest and smart discussions about privacy, we can get more and better data.
Basketball & Quantative Analysis
My blog, ShortFormBlog (http://shortformblog.com/), is a pretty good blog for a quick nuggets, numbers and facts. It not as data-intensive as some of the blogs here, but a lot of its emphasis is in giving focus to numbers and details in the news.
Shameless self-promotion here, but I write about data-analysis and visualization applications of R daily at:
Also covering topics of general interest to the data-analysis community.
mine. info viz exploration with some visual/mental cross-pollination
others i didn’t see on this list :
save yourself alot of time and go through his books if you want a pretty good foundation in this field.
good programming creativity
There’s a bunch of us who use data (and data visualization methods) for community improvement purposes. We call what we do “community indicators,” which are generally data about the quality of life in geographic communities (and not the interactions among people in online communities.) For those interested in that aspect of data-for-the-greater-good, may I suggest my blog? http://communityindicators.blogspot.com/
I just started checking out this guy: http://joemako.com/ Some good nuggets.
I’d like to suggest you have a look at Muckety – http://www.muckety.com and http://news.muckety.com
Excellent article! Thanks!
I would add these (if they haven’t been mentioned already):
Oh, and ur.., my humble attempt:
Love the site. Thanks for the list, a lot of whats on here I already read, but I’m looking forward to checking the rest out. I’ve started my own, “Data & Design”, which is new and not updated regularly enough (yet!), which focuses less on technique and more how the intersections of data & aesthetics impact upon our lives and culture, along with some ethical discussions of the field. Check it out at blog.wkraemer.com, or @wayne_k3.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/datablog is one of my new favourites for sure. I think most of the others have that are on my Google Reader list have been mentioned.
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Wow, fantastic list! I wasn’t aware of many of these. Your readers may also want to check out an article showcasing many interesting infoviz sites and examples:
Dataesthetics: The Power and Beauty of Data Visualization
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Great list, I thought I had one additional, but then I found it.
Nice list! Here is mine: Data Mining Research
Like others answering your call, a bit of self-promotion for my french based blog http://www.impactvisuel.net – topics discussed include data visualization & dashboarding
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two more …
Just thinking out loud … a wiki containing all these urls and a brief description would be a nice addition to your site.
Great list! some of them are in my rss reader .
Is there any chinese blog related? so here is my blog:
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Ooh ooh, I’d also add http://www.radicalcartography.net/
Don’t forget Gapminder – http://www.gapminder.org/blog/
Aww, I’m hurt.. http://wwwv.vizworld.com didn’t make the cut?
Wow, a wealth of resources shared here!
I work in gender and development and my first exposure on visual stats is at http://www.unifem.org/progress/2008/vs_who.html
Look forward to start a small project for my organization.
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Just want to mention a company doing information visualization from Sweden. They have a demo video on their homepage (unfortunately in swedish but you will probably get the point anyways.)
If you’re interested in data mining related blogs, there is a list on my blog (I have added FlowingData of course) :-)
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A favorite of mine — one that I visit every day for both a good laugh and to be in awe of its simple brilliance is the Indexed blog at http://thisisindexed.com/
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Great list, thank you!
You should check out http://timetric.com/ (some of their stuff has made it into the Guardian datablog, so you may have already seen it).
Great list. I would like to add our interactive sports data analysis and statistics (now focused on American football) website and blog into the mix – http://www.sportsdatahub.com. You can also follow us on twitter @sportsdatahub.
I see that someone’s already mentioned us, which is very flattering!
I’m one of the Timetric team: we have an out-and-out data blog, going along with our work with the Guardian, at http://byline.timetric.com/. It’d be great to see you there.
Only updated once every few weeks, but usually v good.
‘2845 ways to spin risk’ (link from homepage) very good for easy visuals.
my data related daily reading:
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Hi Nathan, great list – thank you. I finally managed to put them into my feed reader this morning and think for Ben Fry Writing you meant to link to http://benfry.com/writing/ rather than giving Well-formed Data another plug!
I like graphjam.com only because it’s funny.
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Thank you for this great list. GraphNow.com also provides some softwares for data visualization. See 3d surface and 4d volume data visualization, just visit http://www.graphnow.com/visual-data.html.
Awesome list! Initialized an “infovis” topic on PostRank with the links everyone provided, take a look @ http://www.postrank.com/topic/infovis
Click on manage to add more! :-)
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more shameless plugging, but if I don’t do it, who will?
I’d like to suggest http://thinkinganalytically.com which covers a wide variety of analytical topics.