This graphic shows earthquakes since 1898, by magnitude. I think it’s really awesome how it exposes some underlying truths about the structure of the world in relation to the size and placement of different countries. The fault lines in the Earth’s surface create a pattern that doesn’t correspond to man-made divisions.
You can find this visualization and more “Big Data” visualizations here: http://www.mastersindatascience.org/blog/10-cool-big-data-visualizations/
This is one way to map! I’m not sure if it wouldn’t be better without the labels, but I like the decision to use photographs of the food…data without the data points.
I thought this map was a really good example of starting with an idea, getting into the weeds with the data, and finding out what happens. The results could have been uninteresting, but as it turns out, they create a very cool map and illustrate something neat about a piece of information (zip codes) that are not frequently thought about.
You can read more about the visualization here.
I really like this state-by-state breakdown of the election results. It is interactive, so viewers can view the results at a county level, and it provides more detailed information about the delegate breakdown than some other representations.
Over spring break I saw some interesting graphics in the JFK airport. Rather than using simple signage to direct travelers to different lines, they used colored circles on the walls to direct people along different passages. I don’t know if this is stretching it with information design, but “wayfinding” graphics seem very related. Here is an article that (among some other aspects of airport beautification) addresses the idea of wayfinding graphics in airports. It is interesting to see that graphics are viewed as a solution to current dissatisfaction with airports.
These infographics are taken from pages of a book published in 1946. They compare different political aspects of Great Britain and the United States. The pictogram style is considered a significant influence on the modern infographic.
This is a really cool example of predictive data being used to create an interactive graphic. It lets the user play with different combinations of voter turnout and party preference in the 2016 presidential election, and displays the resulting effect on the outcome of the election.