Since the early 19th century, many chess grandmasters have come and gone, some better than others. This elegant data visualization by Abacaba shows which players were the very best, and how long they were able to maintain their dominance.
We’ve all stumbled out of the theater from a true-story movie with a strange sense of disbelief: Could that really be what happened in real life? Well, this series of visualizations charts the accuracy of Hollywood’s true stories, so you can find out once and for all.
The urban aural landscape has a huge impact on our lives—from the roar of traffic and clatter of jackhammer, to the groove of music and lullaby of birdsong. These maps roll that information together to let you explore how cities around the world sound.
Single? Lonely? Looking for more commitment? Well, this chart will tell you when you’ll probably get married, based on your employment status, education, race, and gender.
Around 60% of all human diseases and some 75% of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they spread from species to species. This remarkable visualization shows how these problematic pathogens proliferate among the animals.
As many of you will have experienced in the last 24 hours, Thanksgiving is a busy time for the nation’s airlines. And that’s never more obvious than in this neat visualization of U.S. air traffic over the holiday.
It was one year ago today that the Philae Lander bounced, spun, and tumbled across the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To commemorate the historic event, the European Space Agency has released an animated video chronicling the lander’s chaotic landing.
Sometimes at the end of long, hard week, it’s easy to wallow in self pity: “I doubt many people have it this hard,” you think to yourself. But this interactive visualization can help you see just how many people share your experiences of day-to-day life.
If you poke around data sets for long enough, you can unearth some interesting correlations. Here, the guys at Information Is Beautiful have complied how links between you body parts and health conditions stack up.
This amazing visualization brings together the world’s history from Wikipedia into an interactive timeline stuffed with information and images. If only history lessons at school had been this much fun.
If you’ve ever wondered what it must be like to study the movement of airplanes as they take off and land across the entire world, then this interactive app let’s you do just that.
The lack of a working fire alarm can very literally be the difference between life and death. This map uses data visualization to highlight regions where there may be a lack of smoke detectors, to help cities ensure their citizens remain safe.
Mobile phone data can provide a rich source of information for understanding human activity. Now, researchers from MIT have built a tool that visualizes cell phone use in cities around the world, for any of us to study.
Our lives today depend largely on systems and infrastructure that is invisible—a hidden landscape of webs and waves that come from cell towers, routers, satellites, and more.
If you’re interested in data design, you’ll probably be very jealous of the developers and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Visualization Lab.
It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.
This might look like a journey through space, but in fact it’s a shot from an interactive visualization that allows you to explore software package managers like they’re galaxies. It’s... more fun than it should be.
Ever wondered how high school graduation rates vary across the country? Well this map shows you exactly how.
The sandwich is a delicious and convenient way to ingest your favored form of nutrition—but where do you get them from? This maps shows the dominant sandwich store across the entire country. Guess which color represents Subway.