Visualization

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

Mapping urban footprint

After identifying 129 metropolitan regions that represent 35 percent of the world’s urban…

How NASA visualizes large datasets

Horace Mitchell, director of the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio discusses the process behind…

Physics as a geographic map

The fictional map of physics by Bernard H. Porter in 1939 reads: Containing…

Long-exposure fireworks photos

Photographer David Johnson took long-exposure shots of fireworks. Fireworks already leave trails when…

Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who’s paid for healthcare over the past five decades,…

Fire forecasts across the United States

As megafires in the Southwest are becoming the new normal, NPR reports in…

Amazon election map, based on book sales

Amazon used their book sales data to color a map red and blue.…

Water Light Graffiti

Water Light Graffiti is an installation by Antonin Fourneau that lets you use…

Tracing the paths of humpback whales

For the past ten years, researchers have been tagging hump back whales in…

Most common London surnames mapped

James Cheshire, a geography lecturer at the University College London, mapped common surnames…

Character social networks in movies

We’ve seen a lot of network charts for Twitter, Facebook, and real people.…

Disney Research makes plants interactive

Botanicus Interacticus from Disney Research turns plants into multi-touch surfaces, simply by placing…

Evolution of video game controllers

From the department of old-but-new-to-me, Pop Chart Lab charted the evolution of video…

Paintings as pie charts

Expanding on his Vincent van Gogh pie charts, Arthur Buxton minimalized famous paintings…

State stereotypes suggested by Google

Renee DiResta got to wondering about state stereotypes, so she looked them up…

Celebrating the joy of metering

Meters, by Berlin-based designers Patrick Kochlik and Monika Hoinkis, celebrates the joy of…

Short film imagines life with data and constant digital

In the what-happens-when-technology-takes-over-our-lives genre, Sight by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, imagines a…

Portal 2 timelines

I’ve never played Portal 2 (or the first), but I suspect some of…

Track and field Olympic performances in perspective

We’ve been hearing Olympic records rattled off for the past week, but it’s…