Big Data

Data Is Beautiful is a hidden gem for gorgeous data visualizations

Data visualization is one of the most delightful trends in media. It’s perfect for skimming and can turn a boring economic analysis into a work of art. Many practitioners are looking for inspiration in this quickly evolving field. A (relatively) new Reddit, DataIsBeautiful, aims to collect the best of the Web in a daily rounded up of gorgeous data visualizations.

Lately, this Reddit community has really picked up steam and is unearthing the best ways to visualization thought-provoking and topical stories.

History

This smoke trail of ship-log entries from the 18th and 19th century is a wonderful retelling of history through exploration. Notice the super-dark band between western Europe and New York, in what would become a pre-cursor to the transfer of power from Britain to the United States.

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Partisanship

Congress really is more polarized than ever before. The Economist did a nice network graph of senators’ votes from each party shows how the U.S. Congress slowly ebbed into partisan silos in the ’90s then just tore apart in the new century.

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Digital nightlife

While not as pretty, I really dig this technique of stacked colors over time to visualize how we increasingly rely on digital communications at night. That’s a lot of late-night email (and Tinder).

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Inequality

This graph of city real estate hits close to home. San Francisco is over $1,000 a square foot in some parts of my neighborhood, the Mission District. For the costs of a tin can in Silicon Valley, I could buy enough space in Detroit to host a football game.

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Budding Social Media Love

This nice graph shows the increasing flirtations of budding lovers on social media and the quick dip as they (most likely) move their relationship offline.

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Local Universities Feed Employers

Wired has a nice flow graph of how local universities feed the nation’s top technology companies. University of Washington provides an enormous chunk to ¬†Microsoft, while Stanford feeds straight into Bay Area neighbor Google (click on the image for a large version).

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For more inspirations, check out DataIsBeautiful here.


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8 comments
Joss Jonar
Joss Jonar

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Udi A Barone
Udi A Barone

data aggregation isn't new. Data visualization is the next frontier and predictive analytics is right after

Sunny Clark
Sunny Clark

Yes....yes it is...(beautiful visualizations).....