How to Lie With Data Visualisation

Data visualisation is one of the most important tools we have to analyse data. But it's just as easy to mislead as it is to educate using charts and graphs. In this article we'll take a look at three of the most common ways in which visualisations can be misleading. Read More >>

Check the Popularity of Any TV Show Using This IMDb-Based Clever Tool

Ever wondered how long it took for The Wire to get popular? Or why Prison Break got cancelled when it did? This interactive data visualisation tool lets you mine all of IMDb's user ratings data to find out. Read More >>

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Gorgeous Video Makes Art Using Every Colour Your Computer Can Display

This mesmerising, morphing video experiment by József Fejes is more than a beautiful art project. It's a visual boundary-pusher, dedicating one pixel to every colour your computer is capable of displaying. And it's beautiful. Read More >>

All the World's Land Mammals Visualised By Weight

Ever wondered how humans stack up to cows, pigs or elephants if you were to gather 'em all up and weigh them? Wonder no longer, because this chart shows exactly that. Read More >>

The Best Science Visualisations of the Year

From microscopic coral to massive planets, the natural world is full of beauty on a scale that can only be seen with the aid of a microscope or a telescope. The winners of the 11th annual International Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge have been announced—sponsored by the journal Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation—letting us zoom in to microscopic scales and zoom out onto planetary scales. Read More >>

This Beautiful Map of the Internet is Insanely Detailed

Visualising the internet is almost as difficult as ignoring trolls, but that didn't stop Jay Jason Simons from having a damn good try. The result is this beautiful and insanely detailed map. Read More >>

The World's Biggest Global Warming Offenders, Visualised

New calculations show that the US, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the UK were responsible for more than 60 per cent of global warming between 1906 and 2005. Here, those numbers are visualised so it's plain for all to see. Read More >>

This is How all of Reddit's Communities Overlap

Reddit may be the front page of the internet, but it's also home to all manner of weird and wonderful niche interest groups. This visualisation reveals how they all relate to each other. Read More >>

What the World Would Look Like if You Could See Mobile Phone Signals

There are thousands of invisible signals bouncing around us all the time, and the world would be a very different place if we could seem them. Visualiser extraordinaire Nickolay Lamm already showed us what the Wi-Fi noise would look like, and now he's back to illuminate the mobile phone signals all around us. It's trippy. Read More >>

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The Prettiest Way to Find Out What iOS 7 Features Your iPhone Won't Get

iOS 7 looks lovely, but it's not all about appearances; the new operating system is bringing some nice new features as well. But even if you get the upgrade, you might not get all the fun stuff that comes with it. Read More >>

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A Size Comparison of (Almost) Everything

If you've always wondered how big, say, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is relative to the Sydney Opera House, then this is the visualisation for you: a size comparison of (almost) everything. Read More >>

All the Failed Predictions of When the World Will End

It's almost become not crazy to predict when the world will end because so many crazy people do it all the freaking time. But look, we're all still here. Nothing has ended. The world is still here. To keep track of all the crazies, information design agency Accurat created a graphic to show just who has been predicting the end of the world. Read More >>

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Can You Identify These Movies Drawn Out as Treasure Maps?

Illustrator Andrew DeGraff thinks about films differently to you and I: he sees them as giant maps of physical locations, just waiting to be explored. Can you work out which films these wonderful treasure maps drawn by DeGraff are supposed to represent? Read More >>

The Most Influential Movies of the Last Century According to Wikipedia

When it comes down to it, what makes a movie "good" is a matter of taste. Even bad movies have their fans. What makes a movie "influential" is a little easier to try and brute force. Especially when you have Wikipedia on your side. Read More >>

The US Army's Insurgent Tracking Software Is Now Being Used to Track Gangs

We all know that social media is the criminal's worst enemy. But this summer, a group of MIT researchers are collaborating with police to test software that can reliably predict whether a person is part of a gang based on their social networks, building on similar software used to track insurgents in Afghanistan. Read More >>

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The Invisible Electronic Fields That Surround Your MacBook

You might view your laptop as a nice, neatly contained unit — but there's more bursting out of it than meets the eye. In fact, all of its electrical components create complex magnetic and electric fields that spread far and wide, and this video shows you their reach. Read More >>


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