What Is Visualization?
This seems like a straightforward question, but it’s proven to be a difficult one to answer. Even visualization researchers don’t have a clear definition.

Is it synonymous with information graphics? Does visualization have to be computer generated? Does data have to be involved, or can it be abs...
Projection Mapping Fills Cambridge’s 16th-Century Chapel with Stars
Attendees to a recent fundraising event inside University of Cambridge’s 16th-century chapel were treated to a spectacular display far above. The Gothic arches of King’s College Chapel were transformed into a canvas for mesmerizing views of stars, foliage, psychedelic clouds and university crests...
New Website Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World
The SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT has developed a new tool with Ericsson to better understand human behavior. "ManyCities" is a new website that "explores the spatio-temporal patterns of mobile phone activity in cities across the world," including London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. T...
9 Powerful Infographics That Will Change The Way You See the World
A picture speaks louder than words, but only if it’s the right picture.
Here we share 9 examples of infographics that powerfully communicate insightful new understandings about our world.
Colorful Data Visualizations from the 1800s
Good data visualization helps us see the meaning in data, hence it has always been an important tool. Today computers crunch numbers and design programs help us visualize data in many ways, from infographics to interactives. But in a time before those tools, designers were creating truly beautifu...
Mapping The San Francisco of Yesteryear
Built with almost no regard for the hills that dominate its landscape, San Francisco’s grid like street layout and near vertical roads are unique in the world of cities. The “City by the Bay” really started growing after the California gold rush started booming in the late 1840’s, so by the time ...
Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area
Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal.
This cartogram, which compares property values between counties across the continental United St...
Data Visualization 101: Scatter Plots
In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.Scatter plots have been called the “most versatile, polymorphic, and generally useful invention in the history of statistical graphics” (Journal of the History of the Behavioral Scien...
Michael Pecirno's Minimalist Maps Reveal the Hidden Landscapes of America
London-based designer Michael Pecirno creates minimalist maps in an ongoing project to understand the landscape of the world. His work is exploratory, using a decidedly narrow set of data to see the unique patterns it creates across the land. In each case, the map is drawn with data points, leavi...
Infographic: The World’s Largest Languages
Graphics director Alberto Lucas Lopéz has created the following infographic for South China Morning Post, depicting languages as populations.

Based on data from language research project Ethnologue, the infographic shows 23 out of more than 7,000 languages in the world as there are at least 50 ...
Scanning Rome’s Invisible City | BBC One
BBC’s ONE’s 60 minute special Rome’s Invisible City follows ScanLAB Projects and presenters Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott as they explore the hidden underground secrets of Ancient Rome.The show explores Roman infrastructure and ingenuity, all below ground level. We journeyed via the ic...
Here's Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization
Ever wonder how many meteors have hit Earth? The Meteoritical Society is doing its best to keep track. And Javier de la Torre, co-founder of CartoDB, is helping us see the pure volume of hits (into the tens of thousands). His interactive visualization shows a heatmap of hits all over the world, l...
City Layouts Created with OpenStreetMap Data
Topography, architecture and traffic routes give every city a unique structure.
'These conditions create the typical and individual inner structure of a city. I didn’t only want to show these structures in the conventional way from above, but also including the exact three-dimensionality of topog...
It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map
The USGS is on a open-access roll with topoView, an advanced new map-finding tool.The cartography arm of the U.S. Geological Survey has been on an open-access roll. First they send their constantly updating stream of satellite imagery to what's basically a public dropbox, so that anyone can use L...
What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic
What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders
Storytelling with Data Visualization
Does your data tell a story and can you visualize it? We look at the history and thought processes behind data visualization and successful infographics.
Infographic: 14 Principles Of Using Text In Design
Logo design company Designmantic has put together 14 principles of using text in design.
Titled ‘Touchstones To Get The Text Right’, the guidelines include paying attention to font size and creating an ideal line length...
A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization
Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times?
Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization...
Real Life Infographics That Brilliantly Visualize Data Using Physical Objects
A look at infographics that brilliantly display data using physical objects, a technique that can simplify information.
Visit the original list by Freeyork for more, including a pie chart made from actual thanksgiving pies, information about water usage and fast food visualized with handmade pap...
A Beautiful Blueprint-Style Map of the World
It's the work of a Philadelphia-based data scientist who, a year ago, had never made a map.At this time last year, Lauren Ancona had never made a map. But halfway into 2014, with help from from the free and open source mapping community and Code for America, she successfully created her first map...
12 Stylized Maps That Express The Evolving Nature of the Urban Landscape
Viewed together, these colorful and impressionistic maps depict the organic, evolving nature of the urban landscape.Charles Labanowski creates hundreds of stylized city maps, and the 483 maps he's put together so far are both an accurate reflection of the actual topography of places and impressio...
World's Largest Tree Of Life Visualizes 50,000 Species Over Time
Temple University researchers recently put together the world's largest tree of life visualized across time. The family tree of living and extinct organisms encompasses 50,000 species—only a fraction of the world's history of life—and would easily take up hundreds of pages if laid out linearly. T...
How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life
Artist Emily Garfield maps places that don't exist. "I think that's related to the way cities grow in real life."Emily Garfield like to say that she grows cities. With pen, ink, and watercolor, the Boston-based artist creates maps of imaginary places that tap into the essence of urban form.
Garfi...
Digitally Mapping Brazil’s most important monument
Digitizing Brazil’s most important monument is no small feat. Located atop the 700 meter Corcovado Mountain the Christ the Redeemer statue towers over Rio de Janeiro, at 38 meters of height and with a 28 meter arm span. Traditional 3D scanning technologies are unuseable due to the size and locati...
18 Visions Of The City Of The Future, From The Past
In 1939, visitors stood in line for hours to see the Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair, a detailed model imagining 1960s America. Complete with half a million tiny buildings and a million handmade miniature trees, it also visualized a network of highways crossing the country. And whil...
Poetic NASA Visualization Shows How Everything Is Connected
NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America.
Movie: digital art is "starting to be taken seriously"
Leading artists and curators discuss the increasing significance of digital art and the new opportunities open to artists working "in a digital age."
"Digital art has been around since the 1950s," claims writer and curator Conrad Bodman. "But not many museums and galleries have focused on it as a...
Mosaics of images snatched from Google satellite view
No one has ever driven by a nuclear cooling tower, nudged their loved one, and paused to bask in the aesthetic moment. Just as no one has ever driven the family to a garbage dump for a photo op. But these are the features of our urban landscapes that delight artist Jenny Odell as she scans Google...
Using Big Data to Design Smarter Cities
Architects and Planners across the country are harnessing the potential of Big Data to build information-laden city-scale models. By gathering and synthesizing such factors as traffic, energy usage, water flows, and air quality, the urban design field is hoping to layout smarter, more efficient, ...
Solarium: Enter the Sun in New NASA Video Installation
Inside the Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), you can enter the belly of the sun without worrying about frying to a crisp. In fact, the dynamic visuals of the giant star’s turbulent gas atmosphere exploding and erupting on the walls of the Goddard Space Fli...
5 Realistic Rendering Styles and the Future of Visualization
Architectural Visualization is a harsh mistress. We are seduced by it, but sometimes it leads us astray. While modeling, rendering, and post-production capabilities are always increasing, the realism that we see in renderings is not always proportionate to our ability to produce it. In other word...
Visualization + Physical Charts: Making Data More Accessible
Physical versions of pie and bar charts and a tapestry that represents human voices are attempts by designers to make data more accessible
With life saturated by screen-based information, designers are presenting information in more tangible ways. As part of the V&A’s recent Digital Design Weeken...
Favorite Pew Research Center data visualizations from 2014
"The heart of our work at the Pew Research Center is data. And data visualizations that tell clear stories about our research — whether it be about American politics or our changing demographics — are just as important as the words we write in a report. So, what makes a successful data visual? We...
Abstracted Landscapes: 5 Photographers Creating Spectacular Images of the World From Above
Sometimes the best photographs come from simply looking at the world from a different perspective. The five photographers featured have all taken this sentiment to daring heights, abstracting landscapes via a bird's-eye view.
From Miks Mihails Ignats' portraits that obscure perception to Vladimi...
Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality
Watch the designer’s films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives
For our latest issue we met designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, who creates films that depict a future in which our everyday lives are densely stuffed with information via a ...
Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts
'In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.
Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, mak...
New York's 2018 Skyline Revealed in New Visualizations
These new renderings show what New York's skyline will look like in 2018, when many of the city's new tall skyscrapers will be complete.
The images were created by visualisation studio CityRealty to show how Jean Nouvel's proposed 320-metre skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street – now under constructi...
Data Visualization 101: Pie Charts
In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.
Pie charts are one of the oldest and most popular ways to visualize data. This classic chart is the perfect example of the power of data visualization: a simple, easy-to-understand p...
How to Tell a Powerful Story with Data Visualization
In the age of Big Data, folks are often overwhelmed by the volume of data sources, charts, and graphs thrown at them every day. Enter data visualization – the ability to condense, analyze, and share data that makes an impact. Throughout history, data visualization has been used to document everyt...
The Best Infographics of the Year: Nate Silver on the 3 Keys to Great Information Design
The second installment of The Best American Infographics 2014 (public library) has an introduction by master-statistician Nate Silver and fifty-eight examples of stellar information design shedding light on such diverse topics as the history of space exploration, the sleep habits of famous writer...
Microsoft's RoomAlive turns rooms into augmented interactive displays
Microsoft Research has combined projection mapping with motion sensors create RoomAlive, which turns enclosed spaces into immersive augmented experiences.
The "proof-of-concept prototype" for RoomAlive uses a series of projectors and depth cameras to overlay existing surfaces with images turns th...
A 100-year Old Debate: Science or Art in Data Visualization?
When did people first start writing about effective ways of visualizing data?
Your answer might go back to the 1980s (Edward Tufte, perhaps) or even further back into the 1960s (Jacques Bertin, maybe). Few people would go back so far as 100 years ago. That’s right: one hundred years ago...
Flight Videos Deconstructed: The Patterns Wings Trace in Flight
Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube vide...
Schematic of Structures: Charting History's Most Significant Works of Architecture
Yet another creation has rolled off the powerhouse infographics assembly line over at Pop Chart Lab, and this time, the indefatigable taxonomizers of alcohols and famous quotes have turned their attention to works of architecture.
The Schematic of Structures organizes what the designers describe ...
Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One
Life quantification pioneer Nicholas Felton's latest annual report is his most ambitious to date.For the last nine years, Nicholas Felton--who you may know best for inspiring the Facebook timeline or creating the life-logging app Reporter--has been recording some aspect of almost every moment of ...
Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City
The GSAPP’s Cloud Lab teams up with neurologists and the design institute to track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense.This spring, the Cloud Lab at Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute tackled the challenge of assessing and mapping how people respond to their enviro...
19 Maps That Reorganize the Way We See the World
Most maps focus on demographics, geological makeup, and natural phenomena such as temperature and wind. No one focuses on other matters though, such as the alphabetic makeup of states when you sort their names in various ways. Break the names apart and put them back together. Examine the parts to...
The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here
A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music.Where do you go on the web if you want to see great data visualizations? With a few exceptions, like Reddit's Data Is Beautiful subforum, there is no one-stop destination for...
Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal
The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.Ben Wellington is the man behind I Quant NY, a blog dedicated to telling the stories hidden in New York City’s Open Data Portal, a clearinghouse of more than 1,300 data se...
Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities
Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.
Before and After: Mapping LA 100 Years Ago and Today
'Any map-lovers looking to lose track of time for a few hours should say hello to the newly-arrived USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, which allows users access to a treasure trove of maps of cities across the nation and lets users load multiple maps and toggle the transparency of each, so...
Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth
If you like spending hours on Google Maps looking at the Earth from space, then you’re going to fall in love with a new website called The Daily Overview – an online initiative featuring breathtaking satellite images of our cities and the impact human activity has on our planet.
Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System
You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different.


xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, ...
This App Maps the Unseen Skyline of NYC
While New York City's real estate market continues to enjoy an upward post-recession swing, the process behind rapidly rising buildings leaves many citizens a bit out of the loop. “Too often, these decisions happen behind closed doors and most residents only hear about them once the deal is done,...
Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math
There’s mesmerizing art hidden in math and physics, and Dublin-based physics student David Whyte is revealing it for us. His Tumblr site Bees & Bombs is chock full of creations that will delight you with their cleverly looping geometry in motion.
Whyte started his blog to create quirky GIFs he’d ...
Picture of the Day: The First Image of Earth from Another Planet
This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)
The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation came...
What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?
We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than gett...
Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know
Typography is both an art and a technique. Once created through printed materials, typography is all about arranging type in a way that enables learning and recognition.
However, typography is more than just the design of the letters and characters -- it also involves careful arrangement and sele...
The Most Intricate Grid System in the Universe
Imagine taking a map of a city, shredding it into 7,400 pieces, then putting it back together. The first logical step would be to align all of the different functions: landmarks, subway systems and bus routes, residential areas, public arenas, libraries, sports and arts centers.
President Obama c...
40 Maps That Explain The Internet
The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps tha...
Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited
Generally considered as the first data visualization, the figurative map of Charles Joseph Minard (1869) shows the path of Napoleon’s troops across the Russian Empire of Alexander I. Using amazingly simple and modern graphical codes, this map displays the progress of the troops in the form of a s...
A Visual History of Satellites
The 'extended urbanization' of space.

Right now, there are about 1,100 satellites whizzing above our heads performing various functions like observation, communication, and spying. There are roughly another 2,600 doing nothing, as they died or were turned off a long time ago.
How did each of the...
Why Our Brains Love Visual Content [infographic]
'Why is visual communication so powerful? It isn’t just because of the pretty pictures; it’s straight-up science. The brain absorbs and synthesizes visual information faster than any other stimuli, making visual content an incredibly effective medium. Check out this infographic, and download A Bu...
Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics
Portal 1.0 is a low-key-yet-awesome experiment in real-time graphics.
A new video by Raven Kwon called Portal 1.0 is an experiment in real-time graphics getting projected on to the surfaces of four cardboard boxes. The project was made using Processing and is an updated version of the artist's pr...
A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations
Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running al...
6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content
Six in ten of us are visual learners: people who learn best when information is delivered through the eyes; by looking at images or videos, or reading. That’s just one of the reasons why visual content is so important in today’s content marketing world.
But constantly churning out visual content ...
Every Single Highway In The United States In One Simplified Map
A Portland-based designer obsessively and impressively maps out the country's intricate network of highways, inspired by the design of subway maps.Cameron Booth has illustrated every single current and signed Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway in the contiguous 48 states, a project that required...
The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons
Pop Chart Lab's latest poster pays homage to the most important eras in graphic design.
Start at the top, left-hand corner, of A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design, and read from left to right. Each era (say, Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau) is represented by a rectangular box that includes several ...
Beautiful Interactive Map of Barcelona Digs Into Rich Architectural History
Barcelona is one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Tourists flock here for the superb restaurants, lively nightlife, and a chance to check out the stunningly creative architecture of Antoni Gaudí. But the city's historical and cultural roots run deep, and a new interactive map aims to make it easi...
Infographic: The Sound of Color
Creating a color palette with your favorite music.


Color and music are both about evoking emotions; why not combine them? This infographic shows beautiful abstract visualizations, based on color palettes inspired by each album.
Science Reveals Artists Really Do Have Different Brains
We might now have neurological proof that artists actually are different creatures from everyone else on the planet. According to a study published in Neurolmage, researchers believe that artists have brains that are structurally different from non-artists.
The study, titled "Drawing On The Right...
30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization
Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer's repertoire. They're not just powerful; they'...
[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe"
An in-depth look at how scientists are visualizing dark matter.


Though the Hayden Planetarium has been bringing visitors on visual voyages for years, its most recent space show celebrates both the known and unknown corners of life—from the matter that surrounds us to the anti-matter, or dark ma...
Graphic Designer Creates A Mathematical Way Of Reading The Alphabet
Graphic designer Mark Gonyea, who previously explored a new way of counting, has a new project that gives the alphabet a mathematical reinterpretation.

‘Letters by the Number’ takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and multiplies them according to their numeric placement. For example, ‘A’ is a si...
Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations
Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users to tag a location or attraction within their photo.

In a colorful gradient of purples, reds, and yellows, the website reveals the most photographed places around the globe. Bro...
See The Ancient Roots Of Modern Infographics In "Book Of Trees"
Manuel Lima's The Book of Trees takes us back to the earliest, nature-inspired frameworks of data visualization.The first great Age of Infographics took root 1,000 years ago inspired variously by quests to categorize scientific knowledge, organize Greco-Roman scholarship and, weirdly, trace famil...
Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe
Here's a fun language web toy to while away your afternoon. Type in an English word, and you'll see a map of how that word translates in different parts of Europe.James Trimble created the European Word Translator, which uses Google Translate to source its translated words. He notes that the syst...
Virtual reality: the 1990s technology set to change the design world
As Facebook buys Oculus and Sony reveals its own VR device, Dezeen investigates what the resurgence of this old school technology means for designers.

Oculus VR was already big before Facebook bought the virtual reality headset maker for $2 billion. "Oculus has the potential to be the most socia...
Massive Visualizations at CeBIT Depict The Scale of “Big Data”
At this year’s CeBIT computer trade fair in Hannover, Germany, the world’s most impressive and eccentric new technology has been on display. But the massive data visualizations on display at the fair’s CODE_n exhibition in Hall 16 have turned heads with their artistry, execution and scale.
CODE_n...
90 dataviz Tumblr blogs to follow
The ultimate list of Tumblr blogs about data visualization, cartography and data journalismIt looks like Tumblr is becoming more and more popular in the data visualization community, and the task of gathering 90 of these blogs revealed itself to be a bit more challenging that we expected. News ou...
Stunning Maps of World Topography
Robin Edwards, a researcher at UCL CASA, has created these stunning topographic maps using the high resolution elevation data provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre. The transitions from black (high areas) to blue (low areas) give the maps a slightly ethereal appearance to dramatic eff...
The ever changing story of London's skyline
More than 230 tall buildings of over 20 storeys are currently proposed, approved or under construction in London, according to an independent survey which also claims that 80% of the planned towers will be for residential use.
This Gorgeous Visualization Is What 24 Hours Of Air Traffic Looks Like
Have you ever found yourself sitting on your flight, pondering your very existence in the grand scheme of things? Not necessarily on a spiritual level, but in terms of how small we really are. This stunning video by NATS.aero represents each plane flight as a tiny, speck, like a migration of glow...
16 Of Science's Best Infographics, From Ancient Greece To Today
Throughout history, the best data visualizations have served as the public's window onto a complex world.In a time when everything from the endangerment of the Juggalo to Carrie Bradshaw's shoe collection is turned into a clever little chart, it can be easy to dismiss infographics as trendy and i...
14 World-Changing Data Visualizations from the Last 4 Centuries
Science may be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be ugly. These images, from a new exhibit at the British Library, show how beautiful scientific data can be.
The exhibit features classic illustrations dating to 1603, including John Snow’s map of London’s SoHo that’s credited with revealing a cont...
If The Planet Really Did Revolve Around Your City: Isidro Blasco's 3D Urban Panoramas
When you’re in a big city humming with activity, it’s not unusual to feel like the world revolves around you. On each trip to a new place, artist Isidro Blasco climbs up to the tallest buildings and documents what exactly “the world” looks like through the city’s eyes.The result: the “Planet” ser...
This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It
An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.As transit systems go, the "matatus" in Nairobi exist somewhere between underground gypsy cabs and MTA bus service. The minibuses themselves aren't owned by any government agency. The fares aren't regulated by the city. The rou...
The Most-Visited Countries in the World, Visualized
If you've ever wondered which country was the most popular tourist destination, wonder no longer—this map shows which countries get the most visitors every year.
It might surprise you to find out that France is the most popular destination, welcoming in 81,400,000 visitors every years. That's nea...
Amazing Satellite Photos Of Earth Offer A New Perspective
From up in the sky, the world that we know seems simplified, yet profound and the way architects and urban planners have shaped the earth comes sharply into view.
Astronauts have described this phenomenon as the "overview effect," citing the psychological impact of seeing the Earth from outer spa...
Classic Paintings of London On Top of Google Street Views of the City
If you walk the streets of London often enough, it’s easy to forget the massive amount of history that surrounds you. But, just looking up can send your head spinning into the past again. From the giant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the towers of Westminster Abby and the quiet banks of the Tha...
Infographic: Shutterstock's Global Design Trends 2014
'One of our favorite annual traditions at Shutterstock is sharing our hard-earned design-trend data with the world. For this, our third annual infographic, we used data from our 350 million all-time downloads to explore recent and emerging trends from around the globe.
Check out the infographic a...
What The Internet Would Look Like As A World Map
An artist has created a hand-drawn map of the Internet, where Google, Apple, and porn are continents.The world of the Internet mirrors the real-world in myriad ways: there are members (we call them populations), websites (destinations to visit), acquisitions of companies (redrawn political bounda...
This Interactive Sochi Calendar Completely Reinvents How We Understand Scheduling
Calendars are a fairly well-understood, unquestioned form of linear organization. Rarely is the format questioned or challenged, but once you see this new interactive circular calendar produced by creative agency Column Five and hosted by SportsInteraction, you’ll wonder how you ever thought you’...
London's future skyline captured in new visualiations
This series of images by architectural rendering studio Hayes Davidson envisages how London's skyline might look in 20 years time.
Over 200 towers with a height of 20 storeys or greater are planned in the UK capital over the next two decades and Hayes Davidson has visualised how these new buildin...
This Interactive Map Reveals Fascinating Facts About The Winter Olympics
Bristol-based creative agency Fiasco Design has put together aninteractive map of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Users can click to drag the map and mouse over the various venues to uncover fascinating facts about the sporting event. For example, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a palace na...
50 Maps Showing Where and What Happens in Cities Across the Globe
“Where people post geotagged photos to Flickr from and geotagged tweets to Twitter from.” via Eric Fischer
Red dots are locations of Flickr pictures. Blue dots are locations of Twitter tweets. White dots are locations that have been posted to both.
21 Examples of 'Real Life' Physical Infographics
Real life data visualization is to be an upcoming trend, called physical infographics or real world visualization. They visualize data with real objects, often combined with typography.
Real Life Infographics are different than other inforgraphics in that they rely much more on photographs instea...
How the U.S. Maps the World's Most Disputed Territories
When the United States decides to recognize a new government, or an existing country changes its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the State Department spring into action.
Dillon heads the Geographical Information Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the boundaries and names on government maps ...
High-Resolution Maps of Science
'Maps of science derived from citation data visualize the relationships among scholarly publications or disciplines. They are valuable instruments for exploring the structure and evolution of scholarly activity. Much like early world charts, these maps of science provide an overall visual perspec...
Google's Interactive Music Timeline Traces the Popularity of Music Over the Past 60 Years
Google recently released Music Timeline, a fascinating interactive visualization that traces the popularity of music over the past 60 years.
The visualization can show a comparison of major music genres or you can narrow the focus to an individual genre, subgenre, or even a particular band.