Perhaps the most beautiful example on our list is also the most unsettling. Using data from the FBI’s Unified Crime Reports and the WHO, Periscopic has created a graphic depicting lives cut short by gun violence. Filter by sex, age, region and time, or hover over the arc to learn more about individual victims.
Developer: John Nelson, UXBlog
The ring of fire lights up like a Christmas tree in Nelson’s stunning visualization of earthquake data from NCEDC.org, the USGS and UC Berkeley. If plate tectonics whets your appetite, be sure to check out Tornado Tracks Since 1950, Fires Since 2001 and Hurricanes Since 1851.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow, but in D’Efilippo’s infographic they live forever as representations of 20th century wars. Compare death tolls, when and where events occurred, and a war’s overall duration. This image received “Honorable Mention” in the Kantar Information is Beautiful 2013 Awards.
Developer: Nathan Yau, FlowingData
It’s a whole new way to think about running. To map the most popular running routes in major cities, Yau pulled public data from the workout app RunKeeper. Darker lines indicate favored courses (including the New York City Marathon); lighter lines mark the roads less traveled.
Developer: Franck Ernewein
Ernewein’s starry, starry night is actually a map of Twitter activity in real time. As well as monitoring words and characters, you can follow the latest mentions and hashtags on every continent.
Developer: Chris Persaud
These are the millionaires in your neighborhood… Using data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, Persaud has created an interactive map of income and rent in U.S. cities. Search by address, city or state for free (or pay a premium for information like owner-occupancy rates).
Developers: David Shaw & Christian Tate, Delayed Gratification
Note to actors – if you’ve got your sights set on an Academy Award, avoid three things: sex, death and South America. Winner of the Silver prize in the Kantar Information is Beautiful 2013 Awards, this irreverent infographic breaks down the factors in Oscar-winning roles since 1928.
Developer: Martin Krzywinski, Circos
This innovative chart was created with Krzywinski’s elegant (and open-source) visualization tool, Circos. It’s part of an ongoing project with the British Library to compare the human genome with the genomes of 16 other species. For more on the wonders of the human body, check out the accompanying article in Wired Magazine, Circle of Life: The Beautiful New Way to Visualize Biological Data.
Developer: Pitch Interactive
A new look at life in the city. During one week in September, there were 34,522 complaint calls to 311 in New York City. The developers at Pitch Interactive took it upon themselves to map the hourly changes. Unsurprisingly, noise was an issue in the run up to midnight. But sewer maintenance at 3 a.m. – who knew?
There’s always room on our list for some parody. Virostatiq’s interactive timeline of events on the Prism scandal is a rebuke to the NSA’s efforts to track individuals and analyze metadata. It’s not as clean as some of our other examples, but it’s awfully relevant.
Bonus Round: Size Comparison: Science Fiction Spaceships
Developer: Dirk Loechel
We couldn’t resist. By visualizing the size of almost every single science fiction spaceship known to man, Loechel has done the world a public service.