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.

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.

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.

Want to Make Beautiful Charts and Graphics? Use Visage

It’s an exciting week. Our sister company, Visage, is officially open for business. It’s a new platform that lets you make beautiful charts and graphics for publishing. We’re excited that everyone—data scientists, designers, and anyone in between—can give Visage a try now. 

Data Visualization 101: Area Charts

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

Like the mountains that they resemble, area charts are a representation of change over time. Whether you’re looking to chart net earnings for individual departments month to month or examining the popularity of music genres since the ‘50s, there are few chart types that communicate time-series relationships so well. Let’s see how area charts can work for you.

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.

Graphic Quote #5: Orange County

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies.

Graphic Quote #4: Anchorman

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies. Here’s the movie clip

The Puke State? Old Nicknames of US States Told by Pigs

How far we have come in modern advertising… and how much we’re missing! Nearly 130 years ago W.H. Hill & Co produced this colorful pig-themed example of cartography, featuring the states and territories of 1884’s America. “Sole manufacturers of Hill’s Hog Ringers, Hill’s Triangular Rings, Calf & Cow Weaners, Stock Markers, etc,” the map is a perfect example of early day product placement, although a subtle one: each of the featured hogs has the companies unique triangular ring in its little snout (even the curtain is held back by their signature triangles).