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Oil and gas wells in the United States


Tim Meko and Laris Karklis for The Washington Post take a dive into oil and gas wells in the United States.

xkcd: Projecting country borders by time zone


Time zones are odd sometimes. Tags: time zones, xkcd

States most similar to the US overall

“Normal America.” I’m not sure what that means anymore, but at some point it had a lot to do with demographics.

Evolution of The New York Times front page

From Josh Begley, this quickfire flip book shows every New York Times front page since 1852. Watch the shift from all words, to a handful of small pictures, to larger pictures, to color, and then more color pictures.

Forest of Numbers


To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the National Art Center in Tokyo, Emmanuelle Moureaux made the Forest of Numbers.

Annotate charts with a few clicks using ChartAccent


Some say annotation is the most important layer for charts meant for public consumption. It directs readers where to look and what’s important.

R for Excel users


For Excel users getting started with R, pain oftentimes finds its way into the learning process. Gordon Shotwell feels your pain and provides a primer to shifting to a different approach to your data.

Open data from The White House returns no results


When you search for datasets on The White House site, you get nothing. So yeah. That’s where we’re at.

Graphs from 1900 that depict a snapshot of African American life


In 1900, W. E. B. Du Bois and his students drew a series of charts for The Exhibit of American Negroes.

Data Selfie: Chrome extension logs what Facebook learns about you

Facebook logs data about you and how you use their application. I know this. You know this. From there, Facebook makes inferences and serves you ads that might be relevant.

One square mile in different cities


As part of his dissertation, Geoff Boeing generated these maps that show one square mile of road network in select cities.

How to Spot Visualization Lies


Many charts don't tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them. Read More

Sharing the same traits and qualities

My son used to watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (a modern take on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) a lot, and one song’s chorus goes like, “In some ways we are different, but in so many ways we are the same.” This commercial from TV2 in Denmark is the grown-up, categorical version of that message.

RIP Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling passed away this morning. The man. The legend. Tags: Hans Rosling

How much the US imports from Mexico


Most goods imported from Mexico are untaxed under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Administration wants to tax those billions of dollars of goods coming in.

Members Only: How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator


A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics.

Teaching materials for visualization


Enrico Bertini, who has taught information visualization at New York University for the past few years, put up his class materials for open use.

How different languages represent van Gogh


Christian Laesser takes an abstract look at how different languages represent Vincent van Gogh through various Wikipedia pages.  The visualization explores how different languages present Van Gogh’s work and life by images.

Demographics for immigrants from banned countries


As I’m sure you know, the current administration banned immigrants from seven countries recently. The New York Times looks at immigrants from these countries who already settled in the United States — their education, salaries, and where they live.

Emotional arcs for inaugural addresses


Inaugural addresses come in different flavors, with different messages and purpose. Periscopic passed video of the ten most recent speeches through the Microsoft Emotion API to estimate emotion from each speaker’s facial expressions.


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