Category Archives: Visualizations

Art Visualizations

Sailor Tattoos – [VISUALIZED]

Lucy Bellwood’s beautiful visualization “The Art of the Sailor” outlines the meanings of sailor tattoos.

Sailor tattoos

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(via boingboing)

Infographic Visualizations

Locked Up in America – [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are over 2.3 million Americans behind bars. The Prison Policy Initiative’s pie chart below illustrates the distribution of this vast population across federal and state prisons.

The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories.

Art Graphs and Charts Visualizations

2015 NYT Year in Visual Stores and Graphics – [VISUALIZATION]

2015 has been a breakthrough year for the New York Times in terms of the breath and reach of its storytelling techniques. Whether it’s through data visualizations or maps, we’ve seen an increase in the scope and breath of graphics to drive narrative and explanation. The news organization has gathered together some of its best examples in 2015: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics.

My favorites of each category are below:

Visual features

The Dawn Wall – El Capitan’s Most Unwelcoming Route

Longform Stories

Buying Power – The Families Funding The 2016 Presidential Election

Data-Driven Articles

What Drives Gun Sales: Terrorism,Politics and Calls for Restrictions


The World According to China

Motion Graphics and Video Stories

Three Hours of Terror in Paris, Moment by Moment

Data Visualization

TThe Flight of Refugees Around the Globe

Politics Video Visualizations

Military and Civilian Deaths of World War II – [VISUALIZATION]

The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary examining the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war.

Neil Halloran’s film below explores the numbers to provide a perspective and context on the military and civilian deaths in this conflict and others. It highlights the massive lost of life incurred by Germany, The Soviet Union and China during this time.

For the full interactive visualizations, check out

Funny Images Visualizations

‘The Fear’ – [VISUALIZED]

It’s a sensation, a feeling, most Irish people will have experienced at some time in their lives. It’s a saying we’ll all have heard by those in a delicate way on a Sunday or Monday morning. Eoin Whelehan’s visualization documents brilliantly the feelings associated with this experience.

(h/t broadsheet)

Travel Video Visualizations

UK Airspace Infrastructure – [VISUALIZATION]

The folks over at the UK’s main air traffic service NATS have provided a superb example of the daily complexity and volumes of air traffic across the UK and Europe.

UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.

The visualization provides for

a unique view of the holding stacks over London and how they are a fundamental part of the Heathrow operation, providing the constant flow of traffic that makes it the world’s busiest dual runway airport with 1,350 movements a day.

More at NATS blog.

Art Time-lapse Video Visualizations

75 Hour Illustration in 2 minutes – [TIME-LAPSE]

This 2 minute stop motion time-lapse captures the incredibly intricate and time consuming process of creating a large-format illustration of a Parisian Neighborhood. Created by Guillaume, and taking 75 hours in total, it showcases the astonishing attention to detail and patience it takes to create such a piece of work.

(h/t broadsheet)

Video Visualizations

A Day on the Tube – [VIDEO]

Will Gallia’s superb visualization of 562,145 journeys on the London Underground, representing 5% of Oyster card trips during a week in 2009.

(h/t broadsheet)

Art Time-lapse Time-lapse Visualisations Video Visualizations

A Typical Day in the North Atlantic Skies – [TIME-LAPSE]

The UK air traffic control firm (NATS) have crunched their data on transatlantic flights to produce a stunning visualisation of the “North Atlantic Skies”. The animation covers a typical summer’s day in 2013.

Some statistics from NATS blog post:

  • On a typical July day there are around 30,000 flights across European airspace
  • Approximately a quarter fly within UK controlled airspace
  • The total distance flown by these aircraft is 25 million nautical miles. That’s 998 times around the Earth, or 104 trips to the Moon
  • On 21 June, 5,675 aircraft departed or arrived from UK airports, of which 2,295 departed from or arrived at Gatwick (894) or Heathrow (1,401)
  • 1,532 were overflights
  • The video is 1440x faster than real time

(h/t boingboing)

Graphs and Charts Internet Map Visualizations

The Internet Tube – [VISUALIZATION]

The visualization below, from the Oxford Internet Institute, attempts to simplify the world’s network of submarine fiber-optic cables into a commonly understood subway map.

Each stop on the subway is a node (a place where data is sent and received like an Internet service provider) assigned to a country. The map is generated by taking node data from which“aims to provide a global overview of the network, and a general sense of how information traverses our planet,”.

A higher resolution image is available at