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.

Millionaires Now Control 41% of Global Wealth

Millionaires now control a whopping 41 percent of the $164 trillion in global private wealth, and the wealth gap doesn’t show any sign of slowing. Up from 40 percent in 2013, millionaires are expected to control 46 percent of the world’s wealth by 2019. Of course, this doesn’t just include the lowly seven figure millionaire next door, but also those in the 3 comma club

These numbers come from the Global Wealth report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which found that the number of millionaires in the world grew from 15 million in 2013 to 17 million in 2014. Most of this change came from world-wide stock market and asset growth.

5 Charts That Every Creative Can Relate to

Whether you’re a designer or copywriter, director or photographer, it’s cool to say what you do at a cocktail party. But the reality of creative professions is a little less glamorous. Long hours, frustration, and endless wrestling with your creative muses (or clients) is the daily existence. For anyone who knows how real the struggle is, here’s a little chart-based humor to keep you moving. Stay strong out there.

Data Visualization 101: Scatter Plots

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

Scatter plots have been called the “most versatile, polymorphic, and generally useful invention in the history of statistical graphics” (Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2005). That’s a big claim, but just as their name implies, they can take a confusing and scattered set of data and make sense of it. As such, these plots are much more than a visualization tool; they are a discovery tool. Let’s look at what makes the scatter plot so good.

Want a Company to Answer Your Question? Use Facebook, Not Twitter.

Social networks often tout themselves as a direct link to big brands. Here, we are told, our questions will be answered in mere minutes. But how does that promise actually hold up? A new report from social media analysis firm Socialbakers says when it comes to asking brands a question, using Facebook is the key to getting an answer.

Stanford Study: Walking Increases Creativity by 60%

It’s not unusual to get good ideas while walking, and now we know why. A new study by Stanford researchers has found that a person’s creative output increases by an average of 60% when walking.

7 in 10 People Use Their Smartphones While They Drive… And They Aren’t Just Texting

Think the person in the car next to you is just texting on their phone? Think again. Despite many laws forbidding the use of phones while driving, a new poll from AT&T and Braun Research has revealed that people are doing far more than just texting while behind the wheel.

The poll found that 7-in-10 drivers use their phone while behind the wheel, but even worse, more than 1-in-4 drivers were surfing the web, and 1-in-10 have been video chatting.

What’s Missing in the Film Industry? Women.

The representation of women in the film industry is dismally low. In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. And if you’re guessing that number is creeping upwards, it’s not. That’s the same percentage of women who worked in these roles in 1998.

How to Play Party Games from Around the World

Summer’s coming. That means it’s prime season for BBQs, campouts, pool parties, and other festivities, whether family-friendly or otherwise. Regardless, any time you gather a group, you’ll want to keep each other entertained (especially if you’re on hosting duty). With that in mind, we researched the different types of games played around the world to get a little inspiration for your next party. From crazy drinking sports to simple games to play with kids, here are a few activities to try.