Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence.
Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives.
Computers can calculate an infinite number of colors, but our brains can only process and see so much.
Last month, This American Life ran a story about research that asked if you could change people's mind about issues like same-sex marriage and abortion — with just a 22-minute conversation.
I was toying around with the idea of multivariate beer, along the same lines as Data Cuisine. I wanted to represent county demographics with beer ingredients.
Since the 1970s, NASA has used satellites to take pictures of the Earth's surface. This is an ongoing process, so when you string together the photos and play them out like a flip book, you see dramatic changes where cities boom, bodies of water dry up, and forests disappear.
Think of time-lapse photography, and you imagine someone sets up a camera in a single spot to take photos at set periods of time.
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Force of Nature by FIELD is a running installation commissioned by Nike. It uses data fed from Kinect and sensors hooked up to a treadmill to create an experience as if you were running through a sea of particles.
With wearables and cheaper and advancing tech, the how part of personal data collection is fairly straightforward.
Here's a straightforward animation that shows US county boundaries change between 1629 and 2000. You can also grab all the data from the Newberry Library site.
A while back, Nate Silver and Allison McCann for FiveThirtyEight estimated age based on a person's name using a relatively straightforward calculation.
As in, you data me, I data you, and they data us. Jer Thorp argues for a verbified data, because after all, it's already in a grammatical shift with the whole big data thing.
Fathom provides an interactive browser for a year of earthquakes, based on data from USGS. You've likely seen this data before, but the interaction is quite useful and applicable to other maps.
As of this writing, there are over 27,000 Subway restaurants in the United States and about 16,000 locations in other countries, putting the total count at around 43,000.
There's been a sudden bump in grid maps lately taking the place of state choropleths. For example, Haeyoun Park used them to show changes in state laws for gay marriage.
When you walk down the aisles of the grocery store, there are probably shelves of organic foods with branding that looks small, local, and healthy.
Wyoming just passed a law that makes it illegal to collect data about the environment, if you intend to send it to a federal or state government agency.
There were some blips on Twitter last week for the DrunkTufte hashtag for which people made some not so readable charts.
Virginia Eubanks for Slate describes the dangers of relying too heavily on black-boxed algorithms to create and enforce policies.