data visualisation

People In Melbourne Sleep More Than Anyone Else, According To Jawbone

People in Melbourne get the most, those in Tokyo the least. No, get your mind out of the gutter: we’re talking about sleep here, and how much of it the inhabitants of certain cities manage to actually get.


Cool 3D Visualisation Captures The Motion Of Famous Olympic Athletes

Felix Deimann — a motion designer based in Dortmund, Germany — created this awesome video that captures the motion of famous olympic athletes like Nadia Com─âneci, Michael Phelps, the US basketball Dream Team and Usain Bolt, turning it into a continuous flow of beautiful abstract shapes.


This Map Shows How The World's Most Important Cities Change Over Time

Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualisation that records humanity’s cultural history over 2600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were “notable enough” to have their births and deaths recorded.


The World's Offensive Place Names, Mapped

We’ve all sat in the passenger seat, notionally giving directions to a driver and giggling at the slightly rudely named towns on the map. Fortunately, now you can find all those amusingly offensive place names, across the entire world, on one wonderfully juvenile interactive map. Maybe, perhaps, possibly a little NSFW.


The Story Behind The Universal Icons That Came Long Before Emoji

Before the twin girls dancing, the smiling moon, the steaming pile of poo, there was a whole other visual language we used to help guide us through the world. Before emoji, there was isotype, the influential pictorial language invented in the 1920s. And it continues to influence our lives today.


How Much Time The World Spends Looking At Screens, Visualised

Ever wondered how much time the average person spends looking at their TV, computer, phone or laptop? Well, this chart shows exactly that, broken down by country.


An Insanely Detailed Map Of Where People Bike And Run Around The World

Earlier this year, Nathan Yau visualised some of the world’s most popular running routes, but with a fairly limited data set. But the information logged to Strava provides a wildly detailed map of people’s workouts across the entire planet — and now you can explore it to your heart’s content.


Never Forget Where Your Booze Came From With This Lovely Whisky Chart

Our friends at Pop Chart Lab love tracing down the tangled, tortuous branches of the family trees connecting some of our favourite things. They have done it for beer, and now they’re switching to the hard stuff, with a lovely taxonomy of the world’s many types of whisky.


This 100-Year-Old Infographic Maps The Entire American Civil War

Back in the 1930s, the infographic scene was already humming with crazy products like the Histomap and its 4000 years of visualised history. But the roots of infographics go back even further. This intense visual recollection of the Civil War dates back to the 1800s.


Visualising Published Science As Forming Galaxies

Scientific research is published by the bucketload every single week — to the extent that it’s virtually impossible to keep up with. So this neat way of visualising published papers as growing galaxies is particularly fun — and useful.


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