Data Visualization 101: Line Charts

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

Line charts are one of the oldest forms of data visualization, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re tracking the fluctuation of stock prices or the popularity of different wine varieties, they give you an accurate and quickly understandable assessment of the trend, acceleration, deceleration, and volatility of the data in question.

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These 2 Brave Souls Are Hiking From Canada to Mexico In The Snow

As if hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, weren’t challenging enough when the weather is nice, these two crazy cats are raising the bar and doing it in the Winter. Nobody has successfully completed this arduous task, although one couple did attempt it, with a tragic fate, in the 80’s. Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter started their traverse on October 20, 2014 and have already passed Lake Tahoe in northern California, but they still have a long way to go. They have already nearly worn out the metal on their snowshoes and will soon be switching to skis until they are out of the snow.

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The DreamBox Encourages Everyone to Follow Their Dreams and Be Inspired By The Aspirations Of Others

What is your greatest aspiration in life? This is the exact question that has been answered by thousands of people inside of the DreamBox. It’s a solar-powered video booth that records individuals speaking about their dreams with a green screen behind them. The participants leave their contact information so that when the dreams were released to the public as a webseries on the DreamMakers Network, the speakers were placed front of an inspiring background with contact info at the bottom of the screen, so that anyone interested in helping to turn the dream into a reality could get a hold of them.

A collaborative project between filmmaker Teddy Saunders, co-founder Paola Baldion, designer Brett Heyning of Toyshoppe Systems’, welder Kim Williams, special effects artist Thomas Bacho, and electronics designer, Jason Willis, the DreamBox made its debut on the playa at Burning Man 2012. Since then it has traveled to several other locations and now Teddy Saunders’, whose Oh! The Places You’ll Go At Burning Man video helped raise the attendance to 40% newbies the following year, has turned the collected dreams and what came of the project into a documentary.

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Artist Bogi Fabian Creates Hidden Bedroom Murals Using Glowing UV Paints

If you think a few glowing stars on your ceiling are impressive, just get a look at these insane bedroom murals from Hungarian-born, Vienna-based artist Bogi Fabian. Many of her creations look like completely normal bedrooms until you flip on a black light. Suddenly you’re floating in the middle of open space, surrounded by glowing stars and cosmic clouds. In another room, waterfalls leap from the walls as if you’re out walking on a moon-lit night. Fabian uses UV paint to fill the room with hidden mural work, often working for long hours in black light to see what she is creating.

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Glamourous Cadillac Ads from the Height of The Great Depression

Things couldn’t get much more dismal for auto makers than the year 1931. Unemployment was nearing its all time high during The Great Depression leaving car buyers with empty pockets and manufacturers struggling to make ends meet. Most companies played it safe on expenditures, but Cadillac doubled down with a multitude of sleek models and better advertising than ever. They went to Europe and hired French illustrator Léon Bénigni to create a large collection of ads that were positively dripping with glamour.

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This 1.5 Billion Pixel Shot Is The Biggest Picture of Andromeda Ever Taken

In order to display the latest image of Andromeda that the Hubble Space Telescope recently captured, it would take 600 HD television screens! With 1.5 billion pixels, it is the biggest picture of Andromeda, which lies 2.5 million light years from the Earth, ever taken! And even this massive image only shows one third of the entire Andromeda galaxy! The view shows over 100 million of the more than one thousand billion stars in this galaxy.

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Danmalas: Meditative Arrangements of Flower Petals

Kathy Klein is an avid lover of plants and the divine presence they can bring to other living beings. She creates “danmalas” as a way to share her passion for life. In Vedic sanskrit dān means “the giver,” and mālā means “garland of flowers”. She does just this, giving away her arrangements of petals and bulbs, which resemble mandalas.

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Two Supermodels Pose Like Living Dolls for Vogue Paris

Just like the Barbie dolls at the toy store, supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak and Elisabeth Erm have been packaged like living dolls for the December/January 2015 issue of Vogue Paris. Italian photographer Giampaolo Sgura is behind the couture series, which sees the models enclosed in tall boxes with clear plastic windows, and surrounded by an array of fashionable accessories twist-tied to the walls.

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Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies.

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One Photographer’s Journey to Document the Human Struggle with Water

Water. Humans need it to survive and thrive. Yet 17% of the global human population does not have access to a clean or reliable source. The UN has warned that by the year 2025, 3.4 billion people will face water scarcity. Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz took on a mission to document the human relationship to this precious resource. He was commissioned by the United Nations and WaterAid to visit some 32 countries, observing the conditions in which people go to retrieve water and learning about the challenges first hand.

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