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...]
While today you might have to study Twitter, Facebook or peoples IP addresses to determine where they live and travel, this visualization of westward expansion in the US between 1700 and 1900 looks at the most popular social network of the day: the post office. To create the graphic, map obsessed Derek Watkins took data from the USPS Postmaster Finder and found latitude/longitude coordinates extracted from place names checked with the USGS. [Read more...]
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic undertaking in the fight for the Ring; the One Ring that rules them all. The Fellowship’s members were an unlikely mix of hobbits, men, an elf and a dwarf; who bravely undertook the perilous mission of traveling to Mordor — evil lair of Sauron — to cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom and be destroyed forever.
The brave members of the Fellowship faced insurmountable obstacles; Nazgûls, hordes of gruesome Orcs and battles of epic proportions. Graphic designer JT Fridsma chose to synthesize which characters are with each other, where they are geographically on a time line and to highlight major events in the plot along the way. Check out his amazing work below, and check out his website for prints, which he hopes to have available soon. [Read more...]
Kamel Makhloufi created this simple yet stunning visualization of Iraq war casualties using just pixels to represent deaths. Looking like the defragmentation of a hard-drive, the image is split between a representation of casualties by volume (left) and one showing casualties over time (right). Casualty types are broken down into four different colors: blue represents “friendly,” green denotes “hosts,” orange “civilians” and grey “enemies.” Based upon data released by Wikileaks as reported by the Guardian, the sobering reproduction of the data speaks volumes and patterns begin to reveal themselves. [Read more...]
With ever increasing rates of cancer in the world, there are very few people who’s lives have not been affected by the disease. This powerful new interactive graphic, Geographic Awareness of Cancer, is a great way to see how your area of the US is being affected. The graphic displays the percentage by county of major cancer types and related factors such as the percentage of obesity and smoking in the area. [Read more...]
What does the communication pattern of 500 million Facebook users look like? Intern Paul Butler from Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team hit upon some interesting geographical data he wasn’t expecting. Starting with a blank image, Butler used a sample of 10 million users from Facebook’s data warehouse and used the powerful R project to plot each user’s location by longitude and latitude. He then added the locations of each user’s friends and connected them with various weighted arcs of light based on the distance between friends and the quantity of other relationships between others from the same city-to-city connection. As he performed what he called his ‘sanity test’ a rough outline of the globe was apparent. Countries and political borders popped into view… but more interestingly, the world of social connections and borders was visible.