Projects

Graphics by Nathan Yau, borne out of everyday curiosities, learning experiments, and mild insomnia.

Race and Origin in the United States, by State

Here is the breakdown for each state in the United States, based on estimates from the American Community Survey.

Unemployment Rate Changes

In April 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated a national unemployment rate of 14.7%. It wasn't just the rate itself but how fast it spiked.

Police Perception vs. Public Perception

The numbers are from a survey by the Pew Research Center conducted in…

Racial Divide

It's hard to think of much else. These maps show the racial divide between black and white people in major cities.

Impact on Households in the United States

The Census Bureau has been running the Household Pulse Survey since April 23, 2020 to get some gauge for how the pandemic is changing things at home. Here's how things look so far.

Rivers know this

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”…

Famous Hope Quotes as Charts

I thought we (i.e. me) could use a break, so I made these abstract charts to represent the most popular quotes about hope.

Who Funds the World Health Organization

A couple of weeks ago — or maybe it was a couple of years ago, I’m not sure — the administration announced it would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization. Here's what that does to the overall picture.

Game of Distraction

They say a watched pot never boils. So here's a game where you try to make the pot boiling by looking somewhere else.

Toilet Paper Calculator

Maybe you're starting to run low. Here's how much you'll need when you go to restock.

Hope

I read and read and read and read. But almost everything I read…

Dry Hands

I spend 50% of my waking hours washing my hands. I spend the…

For Everyone Else

In a Channel 4 clip, Hugh Montgomery does some back-of-the-napkin math contrasting the normal flu against the coronavirus. Here's a chart version.

Guessing Names Based on What They Start With

I'm terrible at names, but maybe data can help. Put in your sex, the decade when you were born, and start putting in your name. I'll try to guess before you're done.

Best Directors Who Were Not White Men

From 1928, the year of the first Academy Awards, to 2019, there have been 455 nominations for Best Director. Of those, 18 of them went to non-white men.