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All the art in the Oval Office

The President of the United States chooses the art for the Oval Office, and the choices show who the president admires or the image they want to project. Larry Buchanan and Matt Stevens for The New York Times take you through all of the choices since the Kennedy administration. About half way through the piece, an averaged image of the office through several presidencies shows what changes and what stays...

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Unlocking the secrets of a marvellous data visualization

The graphics team in my hometown paper SCMP has developed a formidable reputation in data visualization, and I lapped every drop of goodness on this beautiful graphic showing how the coronavirus spread around Hong Kong (in the first wave in April). Marcelo uploaded an image of the printed version to his Twitter. This graphic occupied the entire back page of that day's paper. An online version of the chart is...

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Powerful photos visualizing housing conditions in Hong Kong

I was going to react to Alberto's post about the New York Times's article about economic inequality in Hong Kong, which is proposed as one origin to explain the current protest movement. I agree that the best graphic in this set is the "photoviz" showing the "coffins" or "cages" that many residents live in, because of the population density.  Then I searched the archives, and found this old post from...

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Pretty circular things

National Geographic features this graphic illustrating migration into the U.S. from the 1850s to the present.   What to Like It's definitely eye-catching, and some readers will be enticed to spend time figuring out how to read this chart. The inset reveals that the chart is made up of little colored strips that mix together. This produces a pleasing effect of gradual color gradation. The white rings that separate decades...

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The art of contaminating data

This is one of those innocent-looking charts that could have been a poster child for artistic embellishment. The straightforward time-series chart is deemed too boring. The designer shows admirable constraint in inserting “information-free” content, such as the dense gridlines (graph paper) and the 3D effect (ticker). Seem harmless but not really. Here I turn off the color. After the 3D effect is applied, the reader no longer knows whether to...

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Light entertainment: Making art by making data

Chris P. sent in this link to a Wired feature on "infographics." The first entry is by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. These are fun images and I enjoy looking at it as hand-drawn art. But it's a stretch to call them "data visualization," "data," or "data analysis," which are all tags used by the Wired editing staff. (PS. Wired chose a particular example of their work. There are many...

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How different languages represent van Gogh

Christian Laesser takes an abstract look at how different languages represent Vincent van Gogh through various Wikipedia pages.  The visualization explores how different languages present Van Gogh’s work and life by images. Inspired by Geolinguistic Contrasts in Wikipedia. The viz tries to show different narative strategies by showing the image type, origin date and authorship. You can reveal the connections between languages by hovering the images. I’m not quite convinced...

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Mapping the two Americas

If you type "two Americas map" into Google image search, you get the following top results: Designers overwhelmingly pick the choropleth map as the way to depitct the two nations. Now, look at these maps from the New York Times (link): and this: I believe the background is a relief map. Would like to see one where the color is based on the strength of support for Democrats or Republicans....

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Visual connections between art pieces

This is neat. A Google Arts & Culture Experiment, X Degrees of Separation shows a path of visual connections between two art pieces of your choosing. It’s like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon but with art, computer vision, and machine learning. Tags: art, Google, machine learning, vision

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Raining, data art, if it ain’t broke

Via Twitter, reader Joe D. asked a few of us to comment on the SparkRadar graphic by WeatherSpark. At the time of writing, the picture for Baltimore is very pretty: The picture for New York is not as pretty but still intriguing. We are having a bout of summer and hence the white space (no precipitation): Interpreting this innovative chart is a tough task - this is a given with...

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