When I first saw Ben Fry’s All Streets, I thought, “WOW, I need to learn how to make that!” And, a few years later Nathan Yau created a nice tutorial explaining how one could do so in R1. On a recent Thursday night, I felt lethargic from the recent Daylight Savings “Spring Forward” and the chill outside. Focus came to me slowly, though, and I decided I wanted to make a map for my home area: Durham. ... Read more
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
In the Sound Issue of Ecotone Magazine, The Voices of Birds describes the communication styles of the evening grosbeak. I used a reference map supplied by Kendra Sewall, the author of “The Voices of Birds”, as a starting point. The main issue with the source map is that it wasn’t high enough resolution for print media, and that it didn’t incorporate the spectrograms of the various geographic regions. The final version of the map below spread a full spread (note that a seam would run through the middle). ... Read more
Click here to try the DIY Middle Class viz. 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 explores 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. ... 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

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