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The 10 Best New York City Maps of 2015

Max Galka | Posted 01.18.2016 | New York
Max Galka

Maps are incredible because they are capable of so much. They can tell you where you are or where you're going. They can inform you about a city's history as well as what to expect in its future. They can even tell you where not to go on Saint Patty's Day, and what microorganisms might crawling around your nearest subway station.

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and resea...

7 Maps That Explain the Middle East

Max Galka | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Max Galka

This amazing tangled knot of a diagram, made by U.K. data journalist David McCandless, displays the key players and notable relationships in the Mid...

Which College is the Best Financial Investment?

Trevor Martin | Posted 11.25.2015 | College
Trevor Martin

In particular, it would be very useful for prospective students to know which colleges offer the most bang for their buck, and a good approximation for this goal is to rank colleges by the ratio of student earnings after graduation to their debt at graduation.

Mapping the World's Territorial Disputes

Max Galka | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Max Galka

In this map, every country shaded in red is involved in a territorial dispute of some kind. Yellow markers represent disputed territories.

Paris And Beirut: Data Show How Social Media Shapes Coverage

Medium | Gabriel Arana | Posted 11.20.2015 | Media

This piece originally appeared at Medium. There is a strife brewing between people who claim vital stories are being overlooked by the media vs....

The Effect of Visuals in Daily Business Operations

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.07.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The times when visual content was associated with more 'light-hearted' businesses like entertainment or lifestyle journalism are long gone.

The Results of Every Presidential Election in History

Max Galka | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Max Galka

If you think the country is polarized ahead of the presidential election in 2016, you would be right. But if you believe that Americans have always dug in their heels and voted Democrat or Republican year after year, take a look at this map.

The lottery Is a Tax -- An Inefficient, Regressive and Exploitative Tax

Max Galka | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Max Galka

Having now spent considerable time trying to figure out how such a number is even possible, I have learned a lot about the lottery and see it in a whole new light. As It turns out, the entire state-operated lottery system is absurd.

Watch Obesity Spread Across The Country

Max Galka | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Max Galka

The word pandemic brings to mind an infectious disease that spreads through the world's population causing a global health crisis. So I found it interesting to see that many scientists are now using the term to describe obesity.

Half a Century of Campaign Spending, Dissected

Max Galka | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Max Galka

Are election campaigns really spending so much more than in the past? The Federal Election Commission maintains detailed campaign financials going back several years, so let's see whether the data agrees.

The Global Extremes of Population Density

Max Galka | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Max Galka

Only 5 percent of the world's population lives in the entire blue region. For comparison, the same number of people live in the small red region. Believe it or not, it's true. There are just as many people living in the small red area as there are living in all the blue areas combined.

Jenny Che

Watch The Internet Freak Out Over The Greek Debt Crisis | Jenny Che | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business

Those pretty lights represent explosions of localized tweets.

Alexander Howard

DataViva Is Bringing Brazil's Data To Life | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.19.2015 | Technology

Governments around the world have released more than a million open data sets over the last decade. This information has helped fuel job creation and ...

These Gorgeous Maps Show The World's Great Cities From A Local's POV

HuffPost Japan | Talia Lavin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Arts

Everyone knows that tourists tend to take a lot of photos—especially in cities that attract a lot of them. Any New Yorker will gripe about the selfi...

How Accurate Are Weather Forecasts?

Richard Robbins | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Richard Robbins

In light of the great Blizzard of 2015 that wasn't, we might look at how accurate are weather forecasts and especially long-term forecasts.

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

Randy Krum | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Randy Krum

These new tools are vector graphics applications that run in your browser as a replacement for using an expensive professional desktop application like Adobe Illustrator to put your infographic design together.

False Visualizations: When Journalists Get Data Viz Wrong

Randy Krum | Posted 10.29.2014 | Media
Randy Krum

As readers, we see the area of two-dimensional shapes on the page to represent the different values, but design software only allows width and height adjustments to size shapes.

Watch NYC Come To Life In Mesmerizing Visualization

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business

If you've ever been to New York, then you know the city can sometimes seem like a living, breathing thing. Thanks to a new visualization by data consu...

The Persuasive Power of Visual Language

Phil Simon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Phil Simon

As a public speaker and frequent conference attendee, I have plenty of opinions about speaking, slides, and presentation styles. What's more, I just p...

Watch Detroit's Population Disappear In 4 Seconds

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

A new GIF shows just how far the Motor City has fallen since 1970. And its population had already started to drop twenty years before that. As ...

This Interactive Sochi Calendar Completely Reinvents How We Understand Scheduling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Sports

Calendars are a fairly well-understood, unquestioned form of linear organization. But once you see this new interactive circular calendar, you'll wonder how you ever thought you'd understand the Sochi Olympics without it.

Your State's Economy Is As Big As An Entire Country's

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business

The American economy is so massive that your home state has a GDP (or gross domestic product) roughly equal to that of an entire country. Here's a cle...

Sample from The Visual Organization

Phil Simon | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Phil Simon

In a little over two months, my sixth book will be released: The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions...

These 2 Cities Are Now Exclusively For Rich People

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 12.20.2013 | Business

Few cities in the U.S. embody the growing divide between rich and poor quite like New York and San Francisco. In just the past 20 years, both have cha...