data visualization

Fletcher Foti

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

Watch the commuting patterns of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Michael Vanger

The Agonizing Wait for the Train, Charted

A smart new visualization of what it really means to wait for the subway.

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This Map Shows Where in the World People Are Dying and Being Born

See the age-old dance of death and life in this simulation of how the world's overall population is always changing.

Victor Powell

The Salaries of Every Single BART Employee, in One Uncomfortable Picture

Fascinating context for the transit workers who may soon go on strike, again.

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This Interactive Map Highlights San Francisco's Literary Landmarks

A clickable collection of booksellers, book locales, and Bay Area authors.

The Daily Diets of Different Nations, Squeezed Into One Awesome Chart

The United States and China eat the most meat, and poorer nations tend to subsist on cereals and starchy roots.

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New Yorkers Stay Out Later, Eat More Brunch Than San Franciscans

And other findings from a mobile app that tracks how people in different cities spend their time.

Stephan Hügel and Flora Roumpani

The Most and Least Popular London Buildings on Twitter, Mapped in 3D

Visualizing the various digital divides in the city.

The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color

This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

MIT Megacities Logistics Lab

How Supply Chain Data Can Affect Bike Lanes as Much as the Cost of Bread

MIT researchers are working on a potentially massive public-access database of metrics like retail density and delivery frequency.

Jonathan Hull

A Succinct History of 220 Years of U.S. Population Growth, in 52 Seconds

An animation of western expansion.

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Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D

A new kind of skyline.

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Nerdy Infographic of the Day: Which Cities Are Most Popular With the Literati?

See how world cities stack up to each other -- in terms of the amount of books written about them.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Luminous Cities

The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

Telling encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.

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Vaguely Creepy Interactive Maps of the Day: Spying on Europe's Smart Cities

What would you do if you had access to all available centralized data?

Jaak Kaevats

5 Minutes in the Life of a Sidewalk

A clever data visualization of how we move through shared space.

Phototrails

The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

Oliver O’Brien

A Real-Time Bike-Share Map for the Entire World

About 13,000 people were out riding shared bicycles across the globe this afternoon.