Kurt Vonnegut Shows Us the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut was a master writer and storyteller. And as we all know, a good story has a solid structure. But what does that look like?  We recently stumbled across an old video of Kurt Vonnegut visualizing story arcs in true data scientist fashion. (Storytelling + data visualization + data visualization about storytelling = minds blown.)

You Make My Heart Race: Visualization of A Man’s Heart Rate As He Proposes to His Girlfriend

No matter how long you’ve known and loved your girlfriend and no matter how sure you are that she will say “yes”, popping the question will still make your heart tremble. Redditor jakeinfusino decided to wear a heart rate monitor as he built up the confidence to ask his girlfriend to be his wife. He fed the data through Particular/ Form and used After Effects to create this awesome visualization. Although it took 40 minutes to pop the question and let his heart rest again, this 90 second video shows the highs and lows as he gained the courage to ask that magic question.

Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

It’s Never Too Late! This Infographic Shows That Success Comes At All Ages

Feeling like a failure? Wondering if you should give up on your dreams and sell out for the safe job with the retirement plan? Stop it! No matter what your age, it’s never too late to do something amazing- in business or in life. In this infographic, Mark Vital and Anna Vital organized data to show the wide spectrum of ages when successful CEOs started their huge businesses.

How Common is Your Birthday? Graphing Birth Patterns in the USA

Just how common is your birthday? Do you share your cake-day with 5 friends and a co-worker every year? Or, did you have the hospital to yourself the day you were born? Redditor UCanDoEat recently put together an excellent series of data visualizations detailing birthday patterns in the US… and they reveal some striking trends on when (and perhaps why) our society gives birth.

The Charted Connections of Rock- A Visual Web of 715 Artists & Their Connections

If your Dad is tired of getting power tools for Father’s Day, shake things up with this colorful music trivia gem. Any music lover would appreciate learning the degrees of separation across their favorite artists, and Pop Chart Lab makes the information as cool looking as it is fascinating. The Charted Connections of Rock Chart uses color coding to denote which instrument each musician played for each band. The chart measures 39″ x 39″ with several printing options to choose from. You’ll also love to know that they are printed on recycled stock.

Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market.

Coolness Graphed: Charting Life with Bar Graphs and Humor

Coolness Graphed has been charting life and its relative coolness or ‘uncoolness’ for the past two years. RC Jones began the project as a creative outlet to counterbalance a boring day job, and within three months of publishing on tumblr, the project was receiving attention from national media including Forbes and MSN.

Earlier this year, a collection of graphs was published in a book that seems perfect for geeky gifting. In the announcement of his book deal, Jones shares, “Less than a year ago I got an email that I could tell was very important because it contained the phrase “you had us at ‘sporklift.’”

Visualizing the Numbers Behind the United States’ Hottest Export: Education

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According to a most recent data culling by the folks at Northeastern University, higher education is among the United States’ top service sector exports. In fact, numbers indicate that International students contribute more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses on American universities.

A Growing Ink Blot Map of World Population Density

Most of our world maps are created with geographic and legal boundaries dictating how they are drawn… it’s highly useful for getting around the block, but hardly tells the whole tale of what is going on. What really matters much of the time? It’s all about where the people are… and this map shows only that.