Data + Design Project

Topographic Model Shows Internet as Skyscrapers

Thursday 01.03.2013 , Posted by

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If unique page visits were the bricks that build skyscrapers, which website do you think would have the tallest building? With online bill paying, shopping, and communication it’s possible to never leave home and still have everything you need to survive, so it is almost like the internet has become a virtual city. Korean media artist Sang Un Jeon brings this idea to life in an incredible visualization using internet traffic data and a 3d printer. Since a keyboard is like the vehicle that takes us to this virtual city, he used each letter key to represent the biggest sites on the world wide web. If you look at your keyboard and the image above you can probably figure out that the tallest tower on the G key represents Google and the F to the left of it stands for Facebook. [Read more…]

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Grow Your Own: A UK Guide to Yearly Planting & Harvest

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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It’s that time of year again, the time when you pull out your collection of seeds and plan this years magnificent vegetable garden. For some of us, the selection of this tasty cornucopia is a near obsession (we made our own handy California based graphic). This wonderfully designed poster from UK based print shop Bold and Noble could help you plan your year from sewing to harvest. [Read more…]

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Little Correlation Between Gaming & Gun Violence?

Saturday 12.22.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people in their shock are inevitably asking: “why?” Why did such a horrible event happen? What triggered a young boy to cause such harm to other children? Invariably the fingers begin to point towards, among other things: access to guns, mental illness, family troubles, isolation and, inevitably, playing violent video games. This last potential culprit has become a standard for those looking to find answers on why these awful events continue to happen, mainly in the US. The Washington Post recently produced a series of graphics, however, that cast serious doubt on the connection between playing video games and gun murders. [Read more…]

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore. [Read more…]

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Visualizing the Intertwined Categories on Reddit

Wednesday 12.19.2012 , Posted by

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The continuously growing community of Reddit, with over 3 billion page views per month, has something for everyone. But how exactly does one subreddit link to the next? In this amazing interactive visualization by Andrei Kashcha each dot represents a subreddit and each link reveals a references to other subreddits in that category’s about section. The visualization shows the magnitude of what a gigantic web the site has become and can also help you navigate the overwhelming network to find the categories right for you. [Read more…]

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

Thursday 12.13.2012 , Posted by

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more…]

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Swedes Love Their Milk… and China is Allergic

Thursday 11.15.2012 , Posted by

This just in: swedes love their milk… big time. This map made a splash on Reddit recently when it was pointed out that there is some serious love for the white beverage in the northern european country, as well as its neighbor Finland, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland. Ranking low on this map: China. [Read more…]

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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

Tuesday 11.06.2012 , Posted by

Every 4 years, as Americans rush to the polls and cast their vote for a new president, we’re familiar with seeing the typical U.S. maps of red and blue denoting how states are favoring each candidate. But what information does this really give us? With the electoral college having only a portion of electors allotted to each state (based on that states population) the actual voting power of a state has little to do with its geographical size. How can we look at this differently and get a more informed look at what’s going on? [Read more…]

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Art of Performance: Famous Sports Moments Graphed

Friday 11.02.2012 , Posted by

The images you see here represent some of the best moments in sports history, while at the same time representing some of the best data visualization I’ve seen in a while. Not only do these graphics clearly and cleanly demonstrate the massive talent of the competitors in each varied sport, each also does it with a stylish and appropriate display for the data involved. For the information obsessed, these graphics truly prove that data can be beautiful. [Read more…]

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The Surprising Burden of Small Business Regulations

Saturday 10.27.2012 , Posted by

Often one of the great mysteries of owning a business is something we don’t want to deal with at all: taxes and regulatory fees. These unavoidable facts of life can be an intimidating source of stress and confusion for many entrepreneurs and, as this graphic from ChamberofCommerce.com clearly illustrates, there are some surprisingly unfair burdens put on those least equipped to handle this: the smallest businesses in the United States. [Read more…]

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