Different Approaches to Portraying the United States in Data Visualizations

Sorry I’m kind of a NYTimes fangirl but I stumbled across both of these on social media this morning.

I know we were talking a lot about our visualizations last week and how to play around with the shape of the United States when portraying data.  I thought these were two interesting examples.

The first is a look at how gay marriage has expanded state by state.  Here, the states are squares roughly in the shape of the U.S.  The color corresponds to some point in the evolution of gay marriage rights.  Check out that graphic here.

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The second is just an illustration, but it is as if the United States is made up of emojis.  Kind of an interesting look at the 50 states of emoticons.  You can check the column that goes with it here.

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March Madness

This has been around for a while, but when I make my picks for March Madness I usually go to Nate Silver’s charts on FiveThirtyEight.  They’re easy to use, and cleanly designed.  Check out the graphic here.

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The NYTimes took Nate Silver’s predictions, as well as many others and put it in this colorful chart, that could also help you make your bracket picks.  Check out that graphic here.

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Project 2 Updates from Michele and Katie

Hi!  We are trying to find new ways to play with data and make things more interesting and sortable.

One thing we’re working on is the best way to show artist, year and billboard chart ranking in different ways.  Here is one chart-in-progress tracking year released, ranking on the Billboard Hot 100, and length on the charts corresponding to circle size.

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Here is another chart that shows artist in relationship to time, rank and gender.

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These two charts are similar at the moment, still looking for ways to refine them.  We’ll work that out today.

Other things to come: a sampling page, more ways to sort the original grid page and maybe even a playlist generator.


Street Names and Home Values

Last week, we talked about how sometimes the data visualizations that draw us in the most are the ones that we can interact with.  In this NYTimes graphic/toy/time killer, you can insert your street name and find out if the value of homes on that street all over the country is greater or less than the average home value.

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Click here to play.