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21 Examples of 'Real Life' Physical Infographics

21 Examples of 'Real Life' Physical Infographics | data duty | Scoop.it

Moving away from the Everthing-Is-Possible-Unicorn-Utopia of Illustrator is an interesting limitation, as well as a simplifying one. As designers we like to come up with creative ways to display information that will still blow your mind, despite any technical limitations. The real world isn't perfect, and therefore it may not be as accurate as abstract shapes like graph bars. Even though these visualizations still strive for accuracy, you will notice that the context of these graphics will become much more important than precision.


Via Lauren Moss, Karen Bastien
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I have a thing for "real life" data viz.

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nydia teter's curator insight, February 8, 2014 7:47 PM

Brilliant use of data and materials to create a 3D story. Wow.

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Tree of Life (~3,000 species, based on rRNA sequences)

Tree of Life (~3,000 species, based on rRNA sequences) | data duty | Scoop.it

David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, University of Texas. 
About this Tree: This tree is from an analysis of small subunit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species from throughout the Tree of Life. The species were chosen based on their availability, but we attempted to include most of the major groups, sampled very roughly in proportion to the number of known species in each group (although many groups remain over- or under-represented). The number of species represented is approximately the square-root of the number of species thought to exist on Earth (i.e., three thousand out of an estimated nine million species), or about 0.18% of the 1.7 million species that have been formally described and named.

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I don't know if the "groups" they started with are the most relevant, but I guess they did their homework and I find this visualization very  interesting as it highlights how marginal human beings are on this planet.

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Visual Mapping of Twitch and Our Communities, 'Cause Science!

Twitch has grown so quickly this year that  it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing subgroups and communities that call Twitch home. To illustrate this, our Science team has recently been building visual maps of the Twitch world and we’re thrilled to share them with you! NOTE: Visualization and layout were completed using an open source tool called Gephi. Click any image to enlarge.

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the data viz are beautiful!

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The Modern Beauty of 19th-Century Data Visualizations

The Modern Beauty of 19th-Century Data Visualizations | data duty | Scoop.it
These high-quality poster reproductions from an 1870s statistical atlas are at once gorgeously designed and utterly antiquated.
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" info-nerds at Vintage Visualizations, a project of the Brooklyn Brainery [...] reproduced a number of the LOC's Civil War-era data visualizations in high-quality poster prints

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Wikipedia transformé en une nébuleuse infinie de connaissance | The Creators Project

Wikipedia transformé en une nébuleuse infinie de connaissance | The Creators Project | data duty | Scoop.it

un jeune étudiant ingénieur Français, Owen Cornec a créé une Chrome Experiment qui voit l’encyclopédie en ligne Wikipedia transformée en un immense réseau interactif d’articles.

 

http://www.polyfra.me/

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Exploring filters linking articles together is great

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Messages in the Deep

Messages in the Deep | data duty | Scoop.it
See how the age of connectivity is made possible by intricate networks of copper and glass stretching millions of miles across the bottoms of our oceans.
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scroll down to the map. It is interactive so you can filter by country, cable owner and scroll through time - from 1989 to now

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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED

A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED | data duty | Scoop.it

Tableau [is] a software company that turns heaps of data into visualizations for the common man: teachers, doctors, journalists, you name it. To make those tools clearer and cleaner, they recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map templates, which anyone can play around with by downloading Tableau’s free software.

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"the entire point of Tableau’s software update is to create a sophisticated cartography tool for anyone. Map-makers simply upload a .csv file of data into Tableau, and then get to select a template from Stamen’s canon of maps."

 

robust and free

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Violence and guns in best-selling video games – interactive

Violence and guns in best-selling video games – interactive | data duty | Scoop.it
Research into connections between gun violence and video games to violence in real life has been inconclusive. As the hype for the latest in the Grand Theft Auto series builds up, a Guardian analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found more than half contain violent content labels, as assigned by an independent video game rating board (ESRB). Overall, one-third have weapons that depict real-life firearms
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interesting visualization. Interactive roll-over feature improve readability a lot!

 

As for the topic, it obviously demonstrates what Miyamoto recently said about the video game industry's creativity being "immature". Indeed it is. Relying almost solely on the urge to headshot one another in various settings and with various calibers.

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Music Timeline

Music Timeline | data duty | Scoop.it

The Music Timeline shows genres of music waxing and waning, based on how many Google Play Music users have an artist or album in their music library, and other data (such as album release dates). Each stripe on the graph represents a genre; the thickness of the stripe tells you roughly the popularity of music released in a given year in that genre. (For example, the "jazz" stripe is thick in the 1950s since many users' libraries contain jazz albums released in the '50s.) Click on the stripes to zoom into more specialized genres.

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the methodology only involve Google Play Music, but at a glance, it looks pretty accurate.

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50 years of space exploration

50 years of space exploration | data duty | Scoop.it
50 Years of Space Exploration, a marvelous, multi-dimensional data visualization. http://t.co/9hqbM0i0W0

Via Nicholas Goubert
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beautiful visualization

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The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play | data duty | Scoop.it
A former Frog designer visualizes the literature on the importance of play for fostering creativity in children.
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" It used to be that play was just play. There wasn’t a whole lot to say about it. Kids climbed trees, hit balls, and did experiments on insects. But by the mid-20th century, children’s play was being extensively studied, classified, and taxonomied by pioneering psychologists such as Melanie Klein and D.W. Winnicott. Now the literature is so vast and complex that parents might have a hard time figuring out what's right and what's not. Laura Richardson, who spent 10 years at Frog Design, has boiled it all down into one playful infographic: The Periodic Table of 21st Century Play."
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Santiago Ortiz - Visualized

Santiago Ortiz - Visualized | data duty | Scoop.it

Santiago Ortiz is an infoviz researcher and inventor. He uses his background in mathematics and complexity sciences to push the boundaries of information visualization and data based story telling. He was born in Colombia, where he began creating images out of code when he was 8. In 2005 he co-founded Bestiario (Barcelona), the first company in Europe devoted to information visualization.

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great presentation. His work is amazing. I'd like to see Aaron Koblin and him have a chat :)

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prepping-matrix

prepping-matrix | data duty | Scoop.it

skills and gears organized for survival

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great visualization integrating both gears and skills needed for proper preparation to survival

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Watch as 1000 years of European borders change

Watch as 1000 years of European borders change | data duty | Scoop.it

It's been complicated

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awesome visualization monitoring a 1000 years evolution of European borders. If you look closely at France / Germany and the Ottoman Empire evolution, you really get a true understanding of the radical changes our "continent" went through.

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Marvel’s New "Uberframework" Graphs Every Character In The Universe

Marvel’s New "Uberframework" Graphs Every Character In The Universe | data duty | Scoop.it
The business of heroes needs saving from the crushing weight of its own data. The Marvel team thinks they’ve built a solution: a massive database that uses graph theory to give fans a simple take on characters that span comics, movies, and video games.

Via siobhan-o-flynn
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Darkness.com ☥'s curator insight, February 19, 4:19 AM

Wow. Just wow. The physical representation of the Marvel universe's characters... is absolutely breathtaking. Visually, it's just... wow. I know, but hell, is there any other word for it? Graphed out, it actually looks like a Universe; or well, a Miniverse, --the complexity of the Universe itself is infinite, the complexity of the Marvel Universe is finite, --and this is just one of the stunning graphics you can see on the source.


Some of the other visual graphics for the Marvel universe are multicolored, but... phew. I want this in my house. Like, as a giant mural, covering one wall; do you think if it was blown up against one big wall, you could see all the characters and names? All their relationships? My ex-husband would stare at something like that for hours, and most likely, go into serious nerd overload. He might even have a seizure. The Marvel universe is... beautiful. 

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Fascinating Relief Maps Show The World's Mountain Ranges

Fascinating Relief Maps Show The World's Mountain Ranges | data duty | Scoop.it

These interesting relief maps have been created by Anton Balazh with elements furnished by NASA.

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removing all forms of human alteration is VERY refreshing

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#JeSuisCharlie | CartoDB

#JeSuisCharlie | CartoDB | data duty | Scoop.it
Geotagged Tweets mentioning #JeSuisCharlie, Paris time zone, January 7, 2014
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Very moving map. I can't help but noticing where the Tweets do NOT come from though, it's hard.

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Population Lines Print

Population Lines Print | data duty | Scoop.it

“Population Lines” shows population density by latitude

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Joy Division style!

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Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API

Wind Animation Map ESRI JS API | data duty | Scoop.it

 Clean visualisation of Wind Currents across the world
 http://esri.github.io/wind-js/
 

data source: US National Weather Service

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one of the most beautiful data visualization I have ever seen.

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life | data duty | Scoop.it

This visualization displays the data for one random NYC yellow taxi on a single day in 2013. See where it operated, how much money it made, and how busy it was over 24hrs.

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There was probably a data flow that recently open on NY Taxi Cab because here is another project that is very similar.

 

http://www.hubcab.org/#17.00/40.74091/-73.97471

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Visualizing Algorithms

Visualizing Algorithms | data duty | Scoop.it

Algorithms are a fascinating use case for visualization. To visualize an algorithm, we don’t merely fit data to a chart; there is no primary dataset. Instead there are logical rules that describe behavior. This may be why algorithm visualizations are so unusual, as designers experiment with novel forms to better communicate. This is reason enough to study them.

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Mike Bostock is the author of the d3.js library ( http://d3js.org/ ;). He works for the New York Times, and is at the origin of all the impressive data visualizations they do.


Here he goes at length explaining all the reasoning behing algorithms visualization. Deep. Beautiful.

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The Clubs That CONNECT The World Cup

The Clubs That CONNECT The World Cup | data duty | Scoop.it
The global tournament is mostly a remix of the professional leagues that are in season most of the time. See which professional clubs have the most players on the most World Cup teams.

Via association concert urbain, Karen Bastien
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I love nodal roll over links in data visualization :)

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Alexander Semenov's curator insight, June 23, 2014 1:58 PM

Даже не знаю, что сложнее: научиться делать такие визуализации или находить в них практический смысл. Но в эстетическом плане, конечно, впечатляет.


Единственное, что приходит в голову -- использовать эту картинку в качестве задания для студентов a la "Найди пользу".

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What do 220,000,000,000 GPS data points look like?

What do 220,000,000,000 GPS data points look like? | data duty | Scoop.it

Recently we released a global heatmap of 77,688,848 rides and 19,660,163 runs from the Strava dataset. This was more of an engineering challenge to create a visualization of that size than anything else. But still, the map has raised many questions about how and where people run and ride.Some of these can only be answered using the raw data, which is addressed by our Metro product.

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Great heatmap visualization of where people run and bike on the planet

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A Subway Map of the Internet

A Subway Map of the Internet | data duty | Scoop.it

Each stop on the subway is a node (a place where data is sent and received like an Internet service provider) assigned to a country. Where there were multiple nodes in one country, Graham and De Sabbata combined them into one stop. The two took node data from cablemap.info. "The map ... aims to provide a global overview of the network, and a general sense of how information traverses our planet," they wrote.


Via Nicholas Goubert
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concrete Internet

 

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Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats arounds the world in real time. In practice, it's a global visualization of cyber attacks that, Kaspersky hopes, will motivate you to buy their security software. But it's still a hell of a spectacle.
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A beautiful - yet scary - visualization created by Kaspersky so you freak out and buy their stuff :)

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Population Lines Print

Population Lines Print | data duty | Scoop.it

"The aim was to achieve a simple and fresh perspective on these well-known data. I have labelled a few key cities for orientation purposes but I’ve left off most of the conventional cartographical adornments. I am really pleased with the end result not least because it resembles Joy Division’s iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover, which in itself is a great example of data visualisation as art."

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Truly beautiful mapping of world's population

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