Click here to launch the World Rivers visualization For quite a while I have been fascinated by maps that show the underlying structure of a geography without directly describing it. Maps like All Streets. Animated maps like the wind map. I decided to try out this form of visualization using all the waters of the world: the oceans, lakes, glaciers, and rivers. Could viewers see a passable human globe, recognize continents and important areas of the world? ... Read more
There is no formal definition of the “middle class”, yet it is used frequently in public debate. Most Americans think that they belong to it, politicians represent it, but what is it? This data visualization explored this fuzzy notion of “middle class”. I created it for the exhibit POORQUALITY: INEQUALITY. It is an interactive website that asks you to provide your own definition of middle class. The site uses 2010 Census data to show how Americans across the country fit into the definition you provide. ... Read more
Click here to view Hollywood’s Cultural Reach. The Information Is Beautiful 2012 Challenge provided data from box office hits from 2007 to 2012: titles, budgets, reviews, genres, profits, etcetera. I wanted to make some kind of visualization of the data, but wasn’t sure what. After kicking around the internet a while I became fascinated by data on boxofficemojo, which included international box office numbers. Eventually I landed of the theme of Hollywood versus Non-Hollywood. ... Read more
January 13, 2012
Explore the Numerology visualization here. I created this visualization that explores the properties of natural numbers - initially I wanted to show the properties of the first million natural numbers but quickly ran into an issue: how does one efficiently and compactly store the properties of a million numbers without having a million entries for those numbers? For each numeric property I implemented an algorithm to discover the property for each of the numbers in the visualization. ... Read more
September 13, 2011
Visit the Eating Constraints visualization here. I competed in a data visualization competition hosted by the O’Reilly Strata conference around the topic of food: what we eat, and why? Competition entries were required to use datasets from For 125 randomly selected food products one would see in a grocery store we were provided the detailed ingredient list and nutritional information one would see on the packaging. For my entry I created an interactive graphic that let one explore this data through the lens of diet: if these products were your primary diet, what would your nutritional intake be? ... Read more

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