Mapping the decline of Stop-and-Frisk

This full page, comprehensive NYTimes graphic maps the decline of a controversial police practice – stop-and-frisk – over time in various New York counties. Each dot represents a stop reported by the police. Color shows the race of the person stopped. You can roll over the dots for more information on which county that dot belongs to, approximately how many stops over 7 year period.

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Visualization created by Periscopic, published in a Think Progress article on June 12, 2014 under the headline:

Why The Middle East Is Now A Giant Warzone, In One Terrifying Chart

How the Great Recession shaped the economy (in 255 charts)

It’s amazing to me how these NYTimes graphics editors incorporated a scroll-feature within this interactive so as to not lose the narrative aspect of journalism. Interactive storytelling, if you well. In class, those of us who tend to lean towards more narrative projects (including background information, historical context, etc.) use multiple slides in order to achieve this. Here, it’s simplified, embedded, and all on one page.

Flight of Refugees around the globe

Nearly 60 million people are displaced around the world because of conflict and persecution, the largest number ever recorded by the United Nations. About 14 million of those fled in 2014, according to a report released this week. This map outlines the flight of these refugees around the world.

This map particularly caught my eye because of the way the globe was slightly curved, to perhaps accurately represent the nature of the world? I’m not sure what to think about this decision, but if it’s purely for aesthetics it does look very sleek.

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Chinese zodiac matchmaking guide

This LATimes graphic (reminding me of the strokes that Cat and I made for our last project) lets you input your birthday and see which zodiac animal – the zodiac being a cycle featuring 12 animals that embody unique personality traits – is most romantically compatible with you. As the folklore goes, certain animals are better suited for one another, while other pairings could lead to conflict.  You can either input your personal data, or you can click through yourself.

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In honor of Kobe Bryant’s (spectacular) 60-point (LAST EVER) game yesterday #LegendsLiveOn

LATimes posted an interactive called: Every shot Kobe Bryant ever took. All 30,699 of them, allowing the viewer to peruse through key shots over his 20 year career. You have two options to either go through a tour or explore shots made/missed on your own. If you hover over each dot, you can see how far away from the basket he made it (distance), description of the nature of the shot, and from which game.


Visualization of Music

This is a visualization of the composer Baldassare Galuppi’s Toccata in D Minor. A toccata is a very special type of piece, a virtuoso piece typically for a keyboard or plucked string instrument, but also sometimes for full orchestras, featuring fast-moving, lightly fingered or otherwise virtuosic passages or sections, with or without imitative or fugal interludes, generally emphasizing the dexterity of the performer’s fingers. It’s a beautiful breakdown or analysis of this fast moving rhythm.


I don’t know if this is supposed to make us feel better, but it certainly is intriguing. This data visualization project, called Who Old Are You, asks you to input your birthday, then calculates your age, and compares your age range to other well-known celebrities and historical figures so that you can see what they were doing when they were how old you are now.

So many accomplishments… so little time.