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Parenthood


Raising kids is hard to explain. I'll try anyways. With some charts. Read More

Rhyming schemes in Hamilton the musical


Hamilton is unique in its use of complex rhyming lyrics. Joel Eastwood and Erik Hinton for the Wall Street Journal algorithmically break down the lyrics into sounds and then clusters into rhyme families.

Animal migrations in animated map


The Migrations in Motion map, by Dan Majka from the The Nature Conservancy, shows modeled animal migrations in North and South America.

Members Only: Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions


Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data. Read More

Composite Olympic moments


One more Olympics-related piece for the road. The New York Times used photo compositing to show a handful of critical moments for individual athletes.

Sponsor: Data visualization is more accessible now with new AnyChart →


Visualize THIS…AnyChart just introduced full support for AAA-level web accessibility standards (Section 508) using very flexible a11y (accessibility) features.

Colorgorical generates color schemes for you


Sometimes you need a color scheme quick, and ColorBrewer is typically the de facto, but it has some limitations.

The different trends in American crime


Crime is up? Crime is down? It depends on who you ask and where. The Marshall Project analyzed violent crime trends over the past 40 years to show how things are moving across the country.

All the National Food Days


Keep track of the 214 days out of the year that are a national food or drink days. Read More

Global terrain maps from Stamen


Missed this one from last month. Stamen announced the release of a whole lot of new terrain map tiles for around the world.

Heptathlon rankings with parallel coordinates


The Guardian covered the rankings for the women’s heptathlon, specifically how Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium pulled off a surprise gold.

Long-exposure bird flights


Using a long-exposure photography technique, Xavi Bou captured bird flight patterns in his series Ornitographies.

Every fastest man on one track


The New York Times has been pulling from the vault for this year’s Olympics, adapting previous graphics to current results.

Open data board game


Datopolis is a board game by Ellen Broad and Jeni Tennison from the Open Data Institute, and as you might expect, it promotes the use of open data.

Why all the swimming ties in the Olympics

As the Olympics are all about reaching peak physical potential, it shouldn’t surprise that a lot of races are close, but there’s been a good number of ties this year.

Generate your own fantasy map


Martin O’Leary made a Twitter bot, Uncharted Atlas, that posts automatically generated fantasy maps. Recently, he described how these maps are generated and how you can do it yourself, complete with a step-by-step clickety explanation and Python/JavaScript code for the backend.

DrawMyData lets you plot points manually and then download the data


When you have graphs to draw or statistical concepts to teach, you need your data and you need it now.

Michael Phelps race times since his first Olympics


That Michael Phelps. He is a crazy man, in the best possible way. Derek Watkins and Larry Buchanan for the New York Times compare race times of young Michael Phelps against those of current Michael Phelps.

Trump tweets from Android vs. iPhone, an angry difference


Sometimes I check Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, as many find themselves doing and quickly regretting. There’s definitely a certain style to some of the tweets.

Streamgraph of Olympic medal wins


Gregor Aisch and Larry Buchanan for the New York Times visualized Olympic medal dominance with a streamgraph for each event.


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