data visualisation

Visualising The Notes Played In Songs On A Piano-Turned-Histogram

Ever wondered how many times a certain note gets played during the course of a song? Well, this tool developed by Joey Cloud lets you visualise the number of times each note is played on a histogram — that happens to look exactly like the piano keyboard it represents.


How English Describes Colour Vs How Chinese Describes Colour

Here’s a fascinating visualisation created by Muyueh Lee that shows the differences between how the English language and Chinese language each describe colours. On the left, you can see the number of English names for colour hues (there’s a lot!) and on the right, the number of Chinese names (there’s a little!).


Dog Breeds Ranked: Who Is The Best, Smartest Doggie?

Designer David McCandless gathered some data about dog breeds and made this matrix mapping dog breeds according to factors like popularity, intelligence, longevity or cost.


The Top 10 Causes Of Death In 1900 Vs Death In 2010

This chart by the New England Journal of Medicine compares the top causes of death in the United States in 1900 and 2010. The shift is fascinating — in little more than a century, humanity has eradicated so many diseases. Others, however, have increased, like cancer and heart disease.


The World Is Now Safer And Better Than Ever, And Here's The Evidence

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there’s still plenty of war, hunger, sickness and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago — not to talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast.


Animated Visualisation Clearly Shows The Massive Scale Of Sci-Fi Ships

Briefly: It’s not nearly as large as the biggest spaceship comparison ever, but I find this kind of animation — which I made based on the work of Imgur user Devocation — to be a much clearer way to present the scale of the objects while preserving all the detail.


What The Top 100 Female Porn Stars Look Like In One Fascinating Chart

Data Looks Dope’s Max Einstein sent us his new creation: What the top 100 porn stars look like. At the top you can you can see the breast cup size. At the bottom there’s the top 100 actresses as ranked in Xvideos.com along with body measuring information according Internet Adult Film Database.


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 Comăneci, 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.


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