“Let the data speak.” It’s a common saying for chart design. The premise — strip out the bits that don’t help patterns in your data emerge — is fine, but people often misinterpret the mantra to mean that they should make a stripped down chart and let the data take it from there.
So the inauguration was on Friday, and there’s been some disagreement about how many people showed up to the event.
There are a lot of visualization-related tools out there. Here’s a simple categorized collection of what’s available, with a focus on the free and open source stuff.
Artist Matthew Rangel hikes cross-country and through the mountains, exploring and drawing along the way.
A couple of years back The New York Times asked readers to draw on a blank plot the relationship between income and college attendance.
Focusing on immigrant characters in television shows, The Guardian US’s data editor Mona Cholabi interviewed Sesame Street’s Count von Count.
I have an affinity for new things designed as old things, so this brief history of data visualization by RJ Andrews hits the spot.
There was a time when the best way to get a view from above was to hop into a hot air balloon, which eventually led to the so-called “balloon map.” Cara Giaimo for Atlas Obscura starts the story with a ballooner named Thomas Baldwin.
Infographics devolved a bit in recent years, but there was a time the term wasn’t immediately associated with content marketing.
Data can be fact and analytical. It can help you make objective decisions. Data can also evoke the feels, helping you understand and relate to something that used to be foreign.
Sometimes data can look really noisy when you zoom in close, and so you zoom out to get a better look at an overall trend.
It’s always fun to go back to sports articles and graphics that were a lead-up to a game the day after.
In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.
In planning for the upcoming inauguration, the U.S. military is using a giant multi-part rollout map to do walkthroughs.
In some areas of the United States it poured down rain, which caused historic floods, and in other areas there was a lack of rain, which caused historic drought.
By definition, heartland is some central place of importance of a country. But ask people where to find America’s heartland, and the actual boundaries of this so-called area grows fuzzy.
We tend to think of demographics on a large scale. Countries, counties, and cities. Then we look at trends over time for thousands or millions of people.
That was fast. Just when you get used to dating with 2016, 2017 comes along. A big thank you to all of you who make this site possible.
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