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15 Very Interesting Data Visualizations Which You Have To See

I like data visualization because this method can show information in a very creative way. You can create superb infographs or clips from the most boring charts or graphs from the ugliest books of economy or statistics and capture your audience. In this article you can see 15 very interesting data visualizations and infographs which I’m sure that you’ll like.

History of the sky

This visualization is about the weather cycle, the lengthening and shortening of days and how the sky is changing during the year. This 6-minute movie is based on a huge collection of images, which were captured at a 10 seconds interval. The visualization consists of a grid of 360 (so almost 365) unique movies, each representing one day of the year, organized chronologically, and cycling in parallel through a single 24-hour period. Source

How music travels

This data visualization shows the evolution of western dance music over the last 100 years, the exact birth time and birth place of each music style and how it influenced one another.

How post are shared over time on Google+

The ‘Ripple Diagram’ shows how a post spreads as people (publicly) share it using the Google+ service, with arrows indicating the direction of the sharing. A timeline at the bottom of the diagram allow the ripple to animate, revealing how this post was shared over time. People who have reshared the post are displayed with their own circle. Inside the circle are people who have reshared the post from that person (and so on). All circles are roughly sized based on the relative influence of that person.

 Occupy your money

Occupy Your Money is a project started as a protest to the current economical problem from USA. It’s a DIY project and the goal is to circulate dollar bills stamped with infographics related to the disparity of the wealth in the American society.

What’s Up

This is an animated bubble scatterplot to convey a visual overview of Twitter’s most popular conversation subjects in time.

How Company Rankings Have Changed over Time in Fortune 500

This maps the rankings of the top 500 companies between 1955 to 2010. Based on a publicly available data file of the listings that was originally discovered on Wikipedia, the graph includes more than 84,000 unique data entries to show the actual ranking over time, their revenue or their profit. The width of each line is the company name, but drawn in a very tiny way.

How People Shop in IKEA

When you’re inside an Ikea store, you must come to terms with a near permanent state of bewilderment: shelves stacked with flat brown boxes labelled with random codes and names; a yellow road which takes you inexplicably through bedrooms when all you wanted was some kitchen handles.” (Susie Steiner, The Guardian, 2005).

Representing Long-Distance SMS Messages as Paper Planes

This is a funny way of showing the message exchange in a long-distance relationship: each text message exchanged by the couple is translated into a unique paper plane, of which the physical dimensions depend on the content, style, and length of the actual message. Together, the planes form a physical exhibit, representing 369 messages between the author and his partner between September 2010 until April 2011.

iPhone Fireflies: Mapping the Movements of iPhones in Europe

As it has become known that iPhones are continuously tracking and recording one’s geographic location, a few organizationshave tried to make good use of this revelation, in particular by collecting, aggregating and visualizing these itineraries for anyone who wishes to share this data.

The latest visualization result made by Michael Kreil is remarkable due to its use of a nicely animated heatmap of sorts. In the movie, shown below (crank up the resolution!), the movements of 880 different iPhones in Europe have been analyzed for the month of April 2011.

What Music Do People (Dis)Like the Most?

Based on the music listening habits of Musicovery’s registered members database, this data visualization shows how people’s general music preferences share some universal values. The music is displayed according to popularity and like scale.

Our Future Selves in the next 4 decades

This little experiment shows how the dramatically aging demographics in the US will change over the next 40 years.

Exploring the Original Transcripts of Early Space Exploration

This great infograph shows our space missions, from Vostok 1, the first human space flight, to Apollo 13, the mission with “a problem”. Included with most transcripts are photographs taken both from the ground and by the crew in space, as well as other information about the mission, and any problems that occurred.

GE HAIs Infograph

GE and JESS3 partnered to create an infographic which visualizes several statistics related to the spread of HAIs such as the number of people who die of HAIS in the US annually, the staggering number of people who are affected by HAIs annually and the incredible cost it creates per patient and to the healthcare system.

Youth access to illicit drugs: Europe 2011

A survey of 12,000 people aged 15-24 years, conducted in May 2011 across the 27 countries of the European Union, measured their level of access to drugs. This interactive report presents key findings and enables visual comparison of results between countries.

Mapping the Seating Habits of MIT Graduate Students

This diagram is based on a relatively simple idea: it captures the seating habits of a class of MIT System Design and Management graduate students attending a specific class.



Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.