data visualisation

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.


8 Horrible Data Visualisations That Make No Sense

Data visualisation can be a great way to drive numbers home and give them a visual weight mere statistics don’t have. At least that’s what happens when they make sense. Sometimes, visualisations are downright dumb and just make things worse. Like these.


This Clever Map Compares Chicago Before And After The Great Fire

When the proverbial cow kicked over the proverbial lantern on a Tuesday night in 1871 Chicago, it set in motion an urban transformation that would see its hodgepodge of wooden buildings replaced with the Windy City we know today. Now, thanks to the data visualisation wizards at Esri and the patronage of The Smithsonian, you can compare the two cities block-by-block.


170 Years Of Hurricanes Mapped In One Stunning Image

With the Atlantic hurricane season about to kick into gear, plenty are wondering how this year’s crop of storms with disarmingly mundane names will compare to last year’s nightmarish season. This map goes even further, showing the past 170 hurricane seasons. It’s beautiful and humbling, all at once.


How Flavours Are Linked, Visualised

If you’ve ever wondered why certain foods taste great together — tomato and basil, peanut butter and jam — then wonder no longer. This amazing visualisation from Scientific American shows how flavours are linked and explains why certain combinations work so well.


This Comprehensive Map Traces 463 Of The Bible's Contradictions

No matter what your beliefs, it’s hard to deny that the era in which the Bible takes place was a more, uh, brutal time, filled with plagues, salt pillars and excessive murders — plus plenty of conflicting moral diktats from the man himself. Now, one designer has built a handy map to help us navigate the text.


Here's A Map Of The World Adjusted For The Population Size Of Countries

If you were to re-draw the map of the world according to each countries population, you would get a warped world that looked like this. Some giant countries, like Canada and Australia, become tiny strips and dots while other giant countries like China and India predictably inflate and take over the map.


Super-Accurate Gravity Map By Australian Scientists Shows You Where You Can Weigh Less

Gravity is often assumed to be constant across the entire planet, but because the Earth varies in shape and density, that’s not really the case. Now, this super-accurate gravity map reveals that the fluctuations are even more extreme than scientists previously thought.