Results tagged “datavisualization”

The Maps

By Michael Mulvey on November 13, 2012 11:21 AM

The presidential race is over, and now we can get to the best part of electing a president: data visualization, particularly maps. Every four years, Mark Newman of the University of Michigan makes a set of maps and cartograms detailing the election results. They are available here. My favorite of his is the map on how counties nationwide voted, applying percentages to red and blue to show how Republican or Democratic leaning the county was:


Voting Viz

By Michael Mulvey on November 11, 2012 12:26 AM

A little note on The New York Times' coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election from this past week.

First: I love that they took down their paywall until it was over. I think that was a thoughtful gesture by an organization wanting an informed public.

Second: They continue to bust out solid data visualizations.

Sometimes a visualization (when done right) can communication things words cannot, or at least communication things more concisely.

Below are some screenshots I took the night of the election.




By Michael Mulvey on May 29, 2012 3:07 PM

My copy of Nicholas Felton's newest Biennial Report just arrived.

It's a good day.


By Michael Mulvey on March 8, 2012 8:57 AM



Pretty awesome 3-D dataviz posters by Pattern Matters (via Colossal)

Pulse of the City

By Michael Mulvey on January 24, 2012 9:26 AM


Alex Rainert is right, you can't not see veins or think of a heart when you look at these visualizations of geotag density in cities by Eric Fischer.

via FlowingData and Animal


By Michael Mulvey on January 20, 2012 10:53 AM

via The Atlantic

Information Designers Are Our New Navigators

By Michael Mulvey on April 3, 2011 8:51 PM

NYTimes: Designers Make Data Much Easier to Digest

In an uncharted world of boundless data, information designers are our new navigators.

In a Stamen graphic of Twitter traffic during an MTV awards show, the number of tweets about celebrities was reflected in the size of their photos. They are computer scientists, statisticians, graphic designers, producers and cartographers who map entire oceans of data and turn them into innovative visual displays, like rich graphs and charts, that help both companies and consumers cut through the clutter. These gurus of visual analytics are making interactive data synonymous with attractive data.


Visual analytics play off the idea that the brain is more attracted to and able to process dynamic images than long lists of numbers. But the goal of information visualization is not simply to represent millions of bits of data as illustrations. It is to prompt visceral comprehension, moments of insight that make viewers want to learn more.

Bingo. It's great to see what we designers do get recognized by the mainstream press.

Beautiful Evidence

By Michael Mulvey on August 30, 2006 10:19 AM

Looks like Edward Tufte has a new book out, new to me at least:

Beautiful Evidence - Cover

Beautiful Evidence, by Edward R. Tufte


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