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The speedometer, a little rule-breaking bit of data visualization

The question about why speedometers go so high has a number of good answers as to "why the top speeds exceed reality", but let's take a moment to enjoy the radial gauge's data visualization that breaks some standard data vis rules, and ponder the possibilities in its design. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 4, 2015 - 51 comments


posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 27, 2015 - 17 comments

Snake Oil Supplements?

Scientific evidence for popular health supplements from information is beautiful [Snake Oil not included]
posted by chavenet on Sep 22, 2015 - 42 comments

animated data visualization, or ambient data art

"Goals representing all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoff teams are arranged in a circle, with Western Conference teams on the left, and Eastern Conference teams on the right. Higher-seeded teams are at the top of the circle. The goals tally cumulative scoring for each team (rather than goals against). When a puck crosses the goal line, a musical note plays." Stanley Cup Summed Up, by Bård Edlund.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Aug 17, 2015 - 13 comments

What's in a name?

The Washington Post provides some insight into what your name says about you. [more inside]
posted by ourt on May 26, 2015 - 30 comments

How long animals live (in ISOTYPE)

How long do animals live? (via) [more inside]
posted by aniola on May 20, 2015 - 37 comments

The Passport Power Index

The Passport Index is an interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world, based on how many countries their holders can visit without obtaining a visa before arrival or at all.
posted by damayanti on Apr 16, 2015 - 51 comments

Scaled in Miles

Scaled in Miles is an interactive visualization that "... is a look at the history of Miles Davis' career and collaborations according to his recording sessions as documented by the Jazz Discography Project. Over four hundred recording sessions are shown in a timeline across the middle of the screen. The circles above it represent the nearly six hundred people who played those sessions; larger circles indicate more sessions with Miles. Scrub and click over the timeline to highlight the people who played with Miles on each date. You can also find specific artists and highlight their sessions by clicking on the circles, or by entering different names in the search box. And if your browser plays audio, you can listen to samples from iTunes in the upper left." [more inside]
posted by cwest on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 comments

Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks Around the World

Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks Around the World/Data Visualization. The video was based on an interactive map created by the Council on Foreign Relations. The short article linked in the video.
posted by cwest on Dec 9, 2014 - 23 comments

You say H-O-R-S-E, I say S-K-A-T-E

A visual analysis of skateboarding's Battle at the Berrics.
posted by stp123 on Oct 30, 2014 - 15 comments

I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Only 15 million, riiiight. A data experiment out of Florida State University maps the location of 1 million of the 15 million publicly available online images tagged with the word "cat." Using a supercomputer and the map coordinates imbedded in their metadata, I Know Where Your Cat Lives shows where each image was taken, to within an estimated 7.8 meters accuracy. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 22, 2014 - 72 comments

The T in February, backwards and forwards.

An interactive visualization of Boston's subway system in February. With it, you can see where trains on the red, blue, and orange lines were at any moment on February 3 were in space and along their paths between stations, among many other things. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 10, 2014 - 29 comments

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5,000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.
posted by cthuljew on May 3, 2014 - 79 comments

Suicide, drugs, sex and other dangers of rock and/or roll

How Americans Die - a visual tour through surprising trends in mortality among Americans in the last several decades
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 17, 2014 - 58 comments

Visually stunning math concepts...

...which are easy to explain.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 7, 2014 - 27 comments

That's when you started graphing everything.

The 15 Best Behavioural Science Graphs of 2010-13. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 comments

2013 Information is Beautiful Awards

The 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards Winners have been posted.

posted by juv3nal on Nov 22, 2013 - 12 comments

Donut charts are mostly for decoration, right?

WTF Visualizations is a collection of charts and graphs that make no sense. Why settle for boring old bar charts and pie charts when you can use Percentacles, Timecentages, Interferograms, the Donut Ring Explosion or whatever this is?
posted by RobotHero on Sep 10, 2013 - 95 comments

Iconic Data Graphs

Top 10 most iconic data graphs of the last decade.
FastCoLabs enlisted three data visualization experts to compile this list to answer the question posed in Simply Statistics, a blog from three Johns Hopkins biostatistics professors. via [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Jul 29, 2013 - 27 comments

“I’m dismantling the Death Star to build solar ovens for the Ewoks.”

The Merry Pranksters Who Hacked the Afghan War [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 comments

Metropolitan-Statistical Madness

Which of these two cities is bigger? The Census bureau has a quiz to see how well you know the relative sizes of the 64 largest metropolitan areas in the US, March Madness style. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Apr 3, 2013 - 76 comments

Bitcoin The Concert

Listen To Bitcoin in realtime (Chrome and Firefox 19+).
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 31, 2013 - 51 comments

Mesmerizing visualizations of genetic algorithms

Genetic algorithms are useful for solving all kinds of problems and their implementations can be quite mesmerizing to watch. Re-producing Mona Lisa, a human face or bull cave painting. Playing Super Mario, Tetris and more Tetris. Simulating a soccer team, fishes, ant colony or Santa's flight path. A documentary about using genetic algorithms in design, e.g. deciding the optimal antenna placement on a Humvee, creating search and destroy behavior for UAVs and designing more efficient wind turbine blades. Should probably learn how to stand and jump and stand again before driving.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 comments


HoneyMap is an interesting data visualization project depicting cyberattacks. Details.
posted by lalex on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 comments

Pretty Numbers

The Information Is Beautiful 2012 Awards shortlist has been announced. Featuring lists categorized by [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Aug 21, 2012 - 17 comments

does optimus know he is pretty like a flower?

El Patrón de los Números Primos a visualization of prime numbers by Jason Davies based on Sobre el patrón de los números primos by Omar E. Pol. (previously, sorta) [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Jul 23, 2012 - 4 comments

The Computer Tree

The Computer Tree from Electronic Computers Within the Ordnance Corps. More computer chronology, including this list of fictional computers at Wikipedia.
posted by OmieWise on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 comments

Data Journalism Handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook is intended to be a useful resource for anyone who thinks that they might be interested in becoming a data journalist, or dabbling in data journalism. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 30, 2012 - 8 comments

London by the Numbers

Infographics that give a little insight into the history of public transport(ation) in the UK.
posted by Eideteker on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 comments

Seeing information 2011

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011 from FlowingData.
posted by jjray on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 comments

Twitter/Flickr usage maps of the world

Ever wondered where Flickr and Twitter are used the most? Eric Fischer (previously, previouslier, previousliest) has created a new set of maps comparing geotagged Flickr images to geotagged Twitter posts.
posted by spitefulcrow on Jul 14, 2011 - 23 comments

Edward Tufte's Slopegraphs

What’s interesting is that over 20 years before sparklines came on the scene, Tufte developed a different type of data visualization that didn’t fare nearly as well. To date, in fact, I’ve only been able to find three examples of it, and even they aren’t completely in line with his vision.
Edward Tufte's slopegraphs.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 11, 2011 - 16 comments

Journalism in the Age of Data

Journalism in the Age of Data: a documentary about data visualization as a storytelling medium. (Total running time: 54 minutes; annotated with links and related information).
posted by brundlefly on Oct 4, 2010 - 6 comments

The straits of Rick Roll

Marketing firm Flowtown has an Updated 2010 version of the Social Networking Map first created by xkcd.
posted by Phire on Aug 15, 2010 - 36 comments


Obsessed with xkcd's Movie Narrative Charts? (previously) So was Vadim Ogievetsky. For his final project in a Data Visualization course at Stanford, he developed a tool to generate his own, including the Star Wars Original Trilogy and Pulp Fiction. Now he offers the webapp online for you to take a stab at it. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 23, 2010 - 70 comments

Do you reason with the grue? Turn to page 19.

Beautiful data visualisations of the original Choose Your Own Adventure stories. A project by Christian Swinehart.
posted by creeky on Nov 11, 2009 - 36 comments

Job Voyager

Job Voyager: a data visualization tool for US occupations as a percentage of the labor pool, 1850-2000. (Stream graphs previously)
posted by OmieWise on Sep 22, 2009 - 17 comments

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year from FlowingData. Perhaps related, a new advertisement for MINI that uses augmented reality (AR).
posted by stbalbach on Dec 23, 2008 - 9 comments

Lies, damned lies, and graphs

Graph your life at MIT's Mycrocosm. Simple interface. Interesting potential. Worrying about. Freelance: No Idea What the Hell Is Going On. Food and Liquid Consumption. Also allows for sharing datasets with other users.
posted by artifarce on Sep 8, 2008 - 10 comments

Governing Migration

A Virtual Cartography of European Migration Policies MigMap conveys a picture of how and where the production of knowledge is currently taking place in the field of migration – and of who is participating in and has access to it. It investigates precisely how the new forms of supranational governance that can be observed in the European migration regime function. It looks, for example, at how European standards in politics and civil society are implemented, and at the authorities, persons and institutions taking part in this process. It examines how the various key players in the public and private spheres are interrelated and funded, as well as at the ways in which these spheres overlap or differ in terms of focus, location or personnel. Finally, it analyzes how responsibilities are allocated and legitimized – and explores the theories, data and discourses upon which current paradigms in migration are based. [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Oct 9, 2007 - 12 comments

Calling all Languagehats!

Four letter words. Mapped alphabetically to three-space, that is (ie. the 3space axes are the second, third, and fourth letters.) Interesting to see which initial letters tend to map to verbs, which to nouns, and suchlike. A nice example of data visualization.
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 10, 2004 - 11 comments

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