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A study of the geographic forms in cartography


Cartographer Geraldine Sarmiento from Mapzen explores the drawing forms in cartography, such as lines, bridges, and buildings.

American Daily Routine


Sleep. Work. Play. The times and everything in between changes depending on who you talk to. Read More

Mapping happiness


Gallup surveyed Americans about their well-being across various factors. National Geographic gets into some of the geographic breakdowns.

Statistical diversity in US newsrooms


If a news organization wants to talk about the world in a fair way, it needs points of view from a group of people who are representative of said world.

Gyroscope to automatically track your health data


I’m surprised I’m just now hearing about Gyroscope. It’s an app that automatically tracks your health data and then generates reports, both digitally and in print format.

Map of Santa Rosa fires


Using both satellite images and ground surveys, The New York Times maps the damage due to the fires in Santa Rosa.

Dangers of CSV injection

George Mauer highlights how a hacker might access other people’s data by putting an equal sign in a CSV file, so that an import to Microsoft or Google Sheets runs a value as a formula, even if it’s quoted as a string.

US electricity sources map


This interactive map from CarbonBrief shows how America generates electricity. Each circle represents a power source, color represents type, and size represents output.

Darkness mapped in Puerto Rico


Three weeks in, much of Puerto Rico is still without power. Denise Lu and Chris Alcantara for The Washington Post map the lights at night, based on satellite composite data from NASA.

Frequency trails chart explainer


Frequency trails, or currently better known as joyplots, is a visualization method to show multiple distributions at once.

Math to fix gerrymandering, explained in comic


Gerrymandering doesn’t sound like an especially sexy topic, but it’s an important one to pay attention to.

Visualizing nonlinear stories


Many stories don’t follow a linear format. There are flashbacks, or multiple timelines run simultaneously.

In 2017, No More than Five Days Without a Mass Shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 was the worst in modern history. Unfortunately, while of varying magnitude, mass shootings are somewhat regular in the United States.

Logos drawn from memory


Signs asked 150 people to draw famous logos — Apple, Starbucks, Burger King, etc. — from memory, and they compiled the results.

Machine learning demo with your webcam and GIFs


The Teachable Machine from Støj, Use All Five, and Google is a fun experiment that lets you “teach” your computer.

LaVar Ball trolling to the top


I didn’t know who LaVar Ball was, and suddenly, it was non-stop sports news about the Ball family. If you’re unfamiliar, LaVar Ball is the father of a now professional basketball player.

Triangulate a picture


Triangulate, a fun tool made by Michael Freeman, lets you upload a picture and it randomly assigns points to output something that looks pixelated but with triangles.

How fake data goes viral


BuzzFeed describes how an article on Daily Mail — that falsely reported claims and data about climate change — went viral.

[For Members] How I Made That: Interactive Beeswarm Chart to Compare Distributions


The histogram is my favorite chart type, but it's unintuitive for many. So I've been using the less accurate but less abstract beeswarm.

Nine rounds a second


The New York Times used sonification along with a dot plot to demonstrate the speed of gunfire in Las Vegas.


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