Data + Design Project

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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An Annual Report Expressed with Contemporary Art

Wednesday 10.17.2012 , Posted by

Some of the most interesting ideas come from the merging of many different concepts. In the case of this new advertisement from Germany based ad agency Jung von Matt, they have combined installation art, the infographic and their specialty, advertising. The result is one very different way to display their client L-Bank’s Annual Report. [Read more…]

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Grill Master: A Foolproof Guide to Grilling

Saturday 07.07.2012 , Posted by

We’ve all been there before: You cut into your seemingly medium-cooked, char-broiled burger only to find it’s still a little too pink inside. What gives? Many things can affect how long it takes to properly grill perfectly moist and tender meats, seafood, and vegetables. Take the guesswork out of grilling with this guide to average cook times. The guide provides average times for a wide variety of beef, poultry, pork, and vegetable items you might plan on throwing on the grill this summer—all you’ll need is a watch and a meat thermometer. [Read more…]

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Our Newest Data + Design Project: Line Charts May!

Monday 06.04.2012 , Posted by

We are happy to announce that the May contributions for the Data + Design Project are now up for your viewing pleasure! Each month we’ve been challenging a select and much appreciated group of designers to create something unique and interesting following some very simple rules. This month we challenged 4 talented folks to use the line chart to express an area of interest, and what they came up with is nothing short of superb: engaging designs ranging from analysis of deep sea exploration, New Zealand sheep, Argentine earthquakes and the confounding science of microwaving a tasty hot pocket… all represented by the humble line. For more on this fun project, or to see about being part of it, head to the main Data + Design page. [Read more…]

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Data+Design Project: Bar Chart April is Now Live!

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by

We are happy to announce that the April contributions selected for the Data + Design Project are now live! Each month we’ve been challenging a select group of designers to create something unique and interesting following some very simple rules: this month they used the standard bar chart and came up with some really unique designs and topics, ranging from crayons to surfing. For more on this fun project, or to see about being part of it, head to the main Data + Design page. [Read more…]

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Data + Design Project: The Bubble Charts of March

Tuesday 04.17.2012 , Posted by

Here at Visual News, we’ve been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project. As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design, so in February we started curating the Data + Design project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. [Read more…]

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The World Gets Swirly: Tracking Wind Data in Real-Time

Thursday 03.29.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to imaging a visualization more beautiful than this new animated map of wind speeds across the continental U.S. Individual lines delicately weave their way across the land in Vincent van Gogh like fashion, tracing near real-time wind forecasts around the nation and giving us a mesmerizing view of everything from breezes to gales. [Read more…]

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Invisible Children + Resolve: The LRA Crisis Tracker

Monday 03.12.2012 , Posted by

The Invisible Children organization has set the internet ablaze this week with their newest KONY 2012 video — which went viral on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook — and has succeeded in its goal of making African war criminal, Joseph Kony, famous. From celebrity backers — Oprah, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, and Rhianna to name a few  — Twitter updates, long winded Facebook rants, and critical assessments by Yale sociology professors, everyone is talking about it; and the reaction has been both good and bad. [Read more…]

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PAINTING WITH NUMBERS: REPRESENTING STATS WITH ART

Friday 12.30.2011 , Posted by

A new art exhibit opening at the London Transport Museum shows us that the use of data visualization (presenting information in visual form) is not a new concept. Running from January 6 through March 18, 2012, Painting by Numbers – Making Sense of Statistics will display a collection of 20 posters by artists such as Charles Shepard, Alfred Leete, and Heinz Zinram created as far back as the 1920s to commend public transport in London and/or too assure travelers that their hard-earned money would be put to good use, rendering valuable services to them, when they opted to use the London Underground. [Read more…]

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Google+ Shows the Ripples in the Social Pond

Thursday 10.27.2011 , Posted by

Personally, I believe that tracking the journey of public data in social networks is going to be a big trend in the near future. We will be able to track a piece of content (posts, images, videos, etc.), from its genesis to its multiple paths on public platforms like Twitter and Google Plus, seeing who connects with it, changes it or spreads it. TinEye, Google’s Search by Image, YouTube’s “this video was seen on” notice and now Google Ripples are great ways to track the path of a popular idea [Read more…]

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