Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Who’s winning the medal race, depending on how you weight the medals

Every year, we look at the medal counts of each country. Who’s winning?…

Mikaela Shiffrin pulling away for gold

Mikaela Shiffrin won her first gold medal in PyeongChang with a fraction of…

Fantasy map generator

This is fun. It’s a fantasy map generator with the following rules: Project…

Visual introduction to the Fourier Transform

One of my least favorite electrical engineering courses in college was on signals…

Where constituent input ends up

When you have input to send Congress, you have a number of communication…

Olympian mechanics

Well this is awesome. The New York Times highlighted four olympians with a…

Olympians in your living room through augmented reality

Well this is awesome. The Winter Olympics start this Friday, and The New…

Roger Federer career in rankings and wins

Professional tennis player Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title recently. He’s…

Scissors congruence

The Wallace–Bolyai–Gerwien theorem says that if you have two polygons of equal area,…

Redistricting the congressional map with different goals

FiveThirtyEight asks, “There’s a lot of complaining about gerrymandering, but what should districts…

Bruises

Musician Kaki King’s daughter suffers from a condition (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) where her…

Finding fake followers

This fake follower piece by Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Richard Harris, and…

Hand-drawn how-to instructions using zero words

Inspired by Dear Data, the data drawing pen pal project, designers Josefina Bravo,…

Release strategies for Oscar-nominated films

Evie Liu and William Davis, reporting MarketWatch, looked at release strategies of Oscar…

Is there something wrong with democracy?

Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, for The New York Times, answer the question…

Surprise, the world was warmer again in 2017

According to NASA estimates, 2017 was the second warmest year on record since…

Porn traffic before and after the missile alert in Hawaii

PornHub compared minute-to-minute traffic on their site before and after the missile alert…

Compare your fears against reality

From ABC News, this is a clever comparison between people’s worst fears and…

Musical hexagons

This is a fun ditty by Vasco Asturiano. I’m a little too far…

Mapping global accessibility to cities

From The Malaria Atlas Project, a global map of estimated accessibility to cities:…

Scale comparison of wildfires

The past few days in California has been non-stop rain, but the months…

Spotting rip currents

Rip currents are like hidden rivers near the shore that head out to…

Obliteration Room invited people to put dotted stickers everywhere

The Obliteration Room (2012) by artist Yayoi Kusama started as a blank white…

Where athletes in professional sports come from

Sports are growing more international with respect to the athletes. Gregor Aisch, Kevin…

Most popular GIFs used to express emotion in different countries

People often use animated GIFs to digitally express caricatures of emotion or reaction.…

Mapping perceived canopy tree cover in major cities

Treepedia, from the MIT Senseable City Lab, estimates perceived tree cover at the…

Time-lapse shows night sky at varying levels of light pollution

One of my favorite childhood memories is the time I went camping and…

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2017

It was a rough year, which brought about a lot of good work. Here are my favorite data visualization projects of the year.

Charting all the major California wildfires since 2000

Based on data from CAL FIRE, Erin Ross, for Axios, plotted California wildfires…

Getty Center fire resistance

Fire spread over Los Angeles, but the famous art works in the Getty…