data visualization

From charts that show how swearing in public has changed over time to a graph tallying the crimes that have put people behind bars in New York, a new site is aiming to make data visualization more accessible and shareable.

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While data visualization can seem like a modern design focus, it really has its roots in the High Middle Ages when a sudden rise in information and population resulted in the need to convey ideas in an accessible way.

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The question of how our creative forebears organized their time makes for fascinating fodder. This is the subject of Mason Currey’s 2013 book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which RJ Andrews, of Info We Trust, has now mined to create data visualizations of the daily routines of a number of historic creative figures.

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As much as data can tell us about our planet, rattling off the numbers can often sound like static. An exhibition at the British Library in London is showing how art and design are essential to conveying scientific ideas and statistics.

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The New Yorker has taken the increasing economic segregation of our city and visualized it.

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This is what we look like. You, me, and everybody else in North America: one dot each. 341, 817, 095 dots.

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There are now more than one billion people using Facebook every month, and there’s no doubt that a huge number of them are sharing photos. To help illustrate what that means, the company teamed up with design studio Stamen to create animated visualizations of three different pictures going viral. The results are totally mesmerizing.

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Visualizing a Cloud

by Ben Valentine on June 15, 2012

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James Leng’s “Point Cloud” is a stunning kinetic sculpture with mesmerizing movement and a clean, digital-like aesthetic abstracted from weather data.

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Subway Maps of the Body

by An Xiao on June 12, 2012

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I stumbled across two on the fabulous Medical State of Mind tumblelog, told from the perspective of third year med student.

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NASA Captures the Motion of the Ocean

by An Xiao on April 18, 2012

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LOS ANGELES — These visualizations out of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, dubbed Perpetual Ocean, show the currents of the oceans.

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