Charts of the Week: Police Killings, Lion Population, Rape Statistics, and More

Each week, we visualize compelling data sets that give us more insight into what is happening in the world around us. Whether news items, surprising facts, or our own humorous observations, we seek to shed light on interesting topics.

The Rape Statistics You Need to Know

In the wake of the Bill Cosby scandal, New York Magazine has created what may now be considered one of the most powerful magazine covers of all time. As noted in the article, the stories of rape have stirred serious discussion, thanks in large part to social media.

States with the Most Mass Shootings

On Thursday, July 23, a man walked into a movie theatre in Lafayette, Lousiana, and opened fire. He killed 2 movie-goers, and another 7 people were injured in the event. Tragically, this is yet another mass shooting in America—now a semi-regular occurrence.

A mass shooting is defined as, “when four or more people are shot in an event, or related series of events.” By this definition, 40 of the 50 U.S. states have already experienced a mass shooting in 2015. To put that into perspective, according to USA Today, mass shootings happen about every two weeks in America.

Our hearts go out to the victims of this incident and the many gun-related tragedies that have occurred.

Check out USA Today’s in-depth look at this troubling phenomenon to get a deeper understanding.

Charts of the Week: Amy Schumer’s Box Office, Donald Trump, and More

Each week’s news cycle brings us great stories and great data for us to visualize. From Amy Schumer’s box-office win with Trainwreck to the amount Americans will spend on their pets this year, this week didn’t disappoint. Here’s a roundup of our QuickViz charts of the week.

How 5 Famous Creatives Start Projects

Creative blocks are no joke, whether you’re a writer, designer, artist, photographer—whatever. Faced with a blank page or fresh project, it’s easy to get stuck. But take heart, even the most successful creatives struggle to start at times. How do they overcome? Where do they find inspiration? Here are reflections from 5 famous creatives on the creative process.

Our Most Interesting Charts of the Week

It’s been a big week. From Pluto photos to the Suicide Squad trailer, there was a lot to be excited about. And, naturally, we came across a few data sets that we thought were particularly interesting. In this QuickViz roundup, we share our favorite data sets, visualized just for you. It’s a little news and a little fun in a few charts. Enjoy. 

10 Words We Invented That Should Be in the Dictionary

Modern life moves fast, and the dictionary can’t always keep up (although twerk, crowdfund, and hot mess have made their way into the Oxford English Dictionary). Still, we often find ourselves reaching for the perfect word to describe the people and things we encounter day to day. To help ourselves, we’ve invented 10 new words. They’re a little punny, a little portmanteau, but they are in regular rotation at Visual News. Feel free to try them out yourself. 

Your Summer in 5 Charts

Summer is here. But it’s a little different when you’re an adult. You’re making travel plans, organizing your schedule, tackling major projects, and trying to find time to relax somewhere in between. Still, we all try to make the most of the good weather and relaxed vibe—even when things go awry. To sum it up, here are 5 charts that we think encapsulate the summer experience as an adult.

Data Visualization 101: Bubble Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

So far in our series, we’ve dealt with tools for clearly displaying two dimensions of data, but what happens when you have a third or fourth? Do you use a bar chart and stack bars with different variables next to one another? Do you use multiple graphs and compare the results?

Welcome to the bubble chart. This incredibly versatile chart form can be used to visualize a data set with two to four dimensions, all in one elegant and easy to interpret chart.

People are Consuming A Massive 8 Hours of Media Each Day

492 minutes a day. That’s the average amount of media ZenithOptimedia predicts the world’s people will consume in 2015, according to their new report Media Consumption Forecasts. That’s more than last year, and the year before.

What do they consider ‘media’? It’s not just staring at a phone at the crosswalk. They include reading newspapers and magazines, watching television, listening to the radio, visiting the cinema, using the internet, and viewing outdoor advertising.

No surprise here: newspaper consumption is way down, while anything to do with the internet is grabbing hours quickly.