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The Spread of Obesity

A look at the rise for each state over three decades, for men and women. Read More

Showing missing data in line charts

Missing data is everywhere. Or, I guess technically it’s nowhere. You know what I mean. Missing data is common, especially with temporal data over long periods of time.

Skittle disconnect

This is what happens when there is a disconnect between data and what it represents. So much wrong. This image says it all.

Make your own tiled cartograms

A challenge of using geographic maps to show data is that larger regions inevitably get more visual real estate.

Finding the wet princes of Bel Air

In case you didn’t know, there’s a drought here in California so there are rules for when you can and can’t water your grass and plants.

Statistics lesson on polling

Nate Cohn for the Upshot provides a statistics lesson in the context of election forecasts and why they differ so much.

Increased Income Across All Groups

But not every group's median income increased by the same amount. Read More

Decision-making with big numbers we can’t really see

In a 2005 paper “If I look at the mass I will never act”: Psychic numbing and genocide, Paul Slovic discusses big numbers, how we perceive them as they increase, and the importance of designing for our emotional and analytical systems.

Computed screen time for men and women

In a collaborative effort, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media computed screen time for men and women algorithmically, in contrast to the more crude measurement of script lines.

Diversity percentages for US schools

Based on 2014 estimates from the U.S. Department of Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education compiled a straightforward searchable and sortable table that shows the race percentages for more than 4,600 institutions.

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Mississippi drainage

Horace Mitchell for NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio mapped the massive drainage basin that is the Mississippi Watershed.

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Explore the stars with this interactive Star Mapper

Jan Willem Tulp, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, produced the ESA Star Mapper. It shows nearly 60,000 stars in a combination of different scales and projections.

Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality

Visualization is complex, but if I were to break it down simply, I’d say it’s something like the process below.

Police surveillance in a digital world

Glenn Smith and Andrew Knapp for the Post and Courier investigate the current police practice of keeping digital record of people’s activities.

Oceans absorbing heat

It keeps getting hotter on this planet, and the oceans are absorbing most of the heat. Tim Wallace for the New York Times shows several decades of changes.

xkcd: Earth temperature timeline

In classic xkcd-fashion, Randall Munroe timelines the Earth’s temperature, dating back to 20,000 BCE up to present.

Innovation by Design Awards

Co.Design picked the winners for their annual Innovation by Design Awards. My series on mortality and causes of death won for the graphic design and data visualization category.

Watch bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotic

Scientists at Harvard University setup the MEGA-plate, essentially a giant petri dish, with varying levels of antibiotic.