Category Archives: Chart of the Week

Featured Grid: Climatology and Home Design

In a book pub­lished in the 1950s enti­tled Cli­ma­tol­ogy and Archi­tec­ture, the author presents a matrix of rooms in a house vs. com­pass direc­tion. The author’s rec­om­mended place­ments are indi­cated with a sym­bol. Here’s the orig­i­nal graphic: It’s an inter­est­ing graphic but the reader needs to “work” a lot to under­stand and find mean­ing and […]

Product Grid Example: Nooka Watchfinder

Nooka cre­ates non-​traditional watches that dis­play time with com­bi­na­tions of dots, bars, and charts rather than num­bers and hands. Their Watchfinder app is a prod­uct grid that lets you click on color, ideograms of watch faces, and sort by color, name, price or face. Inter­est­ing graph­i­cal vari­ant on prod­uct grid. for some exam­ples of Nooka […]

Featured Data Graphic: Visualizing City Data

Inter­est­ing mul­ti­vari­ate graphic shows mul­ti­ple city ast­trib­utes: sur­face area (cen­tral square), height of tallest build­ing, pop­u­la­tion, aver­age price of prop­erty, num­ber of vis­i­tors (4 right tri­an­gles) and mean tem­per­a­ture and rain­fall (charts). Each city is arranged by lat­i­tude (east to west) and lon­gi­tude (north– south) in a rough grid. Data is from pub­li­cally avail­able data […]

Featured Chart: Car Ferry Congestion by Day

Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries have an effec­tive visual grid show­ing hour, day, and con­ges­tion for vehi­cle fer­ries on dif­fer­ent routes in the Puget Sound. The exam­ple below shows Ana­cortes to the San Juan Islands in early sum­mer. Fri/​Sat are most con­gested between 9am and 4pm where pas­sen­gers would have to wait in line for mul­ti­ple ferry […]

Featured Chart: Linguistic Geography of Bubbler vs. Water Fountain

This week’s chart is a visu­al­iza­tion of usage for “Water Foun­tain” vs. Drink­ing Foun­tainvs. “Bub­bler”. Water foun­tain pre­dom­i­nates in the south and north­east, while drink­ing foun­tain in the west. “Bub­ble” is regional in the upper Mid­west. The inter­ac­tive appli­ca­tion is avail­able from Joshua Katz a PhD can­di­date in sta­tis­tics at NC State. There are a […]

Navigating Taxonomic Content

Effec­tive con­tent tool from Wikipedia for nav­i­gat­ing con­tent relat­ing tax­o­nomic nav­i­ga­tion for the ani­mal king­dom. This exam­ple shows the Euro­pean Hedge­hog. It com­bines a photo, con­ser­va­tion sta­tus, bino­mial name (Latin name) tax­o­nomic clas­si­fi­ca­tion , and maps of dis­tri­b­u­tion. It’s pos­si­ble to nav­i­gate from species to fam­ily to order and then back to spe­cific gen­era and […]

Chart of the week: Population Pyramids, Vases and Wedges

Pop­u­la­tion pyra­mids show pop­u­la­tion data by gen­der and age group. They are effec­tive in show­ing changes over time. This chart of Japan demo­graph­ics through 2050 appeared in The Econ­o­mist: This shows three pyra­mids: Male on left, right hand side females from 1950, 2005, and 2050. (2050 is pro­jec­tion based on cur­rent trends). From 1950 to […]

Featured Chart: Tokyo Metro Train Departures by Week

Info­graphic at Ginza Sta­tion, Tokyo on the Hibya Line. Left hand side shows week­day depar­tures by hour (5am through 12 mid­night) by minute. Right hand side shows Sat­ur­day and Hol­i­day depar­tures. It’s an effec­tive graphic that also shows that week­days have more fre­quent ser­vice, espe­cially in the morn­ings between 8-​9am, and it tapers off after […]

Using Flow Maps to show derivative products

Flow maps show branches of data which form part of a whole and are often used to show deriv­a­tive prod­ucts made from a sin­gle source. These were quite pop­u­lar in the early 20th Cen­tury to show ship­ping traf­fic from ports. In this exam­ple it shows the com­po­nents that con­tribute to the 3M stock price. Post-​its […]

Chart of the Week: Timeline+Segmentation+ Scatterplot

Information-​dense charts show mul­ti­ple rela­tion­ships in data in a sin­gle, chart. They take more time to read/​review, but pro­vide deeper insights. This week’s exam­ple from R.W Brun­skill’Illus­trated Hand­book of Ver­nac­u­lar Archi­tec­ture shows the evo­lu­tion of “ver­nac­u­lar archi­tec­ture”. Ver­nac­u­lar archi­tec­ture ” will have been designed by an ama­teur, prob­a­bly of the occu­pier of the intended building […]