Monday, January 18, 2021

Two fabulous interactive data visualizations

A couple of fabulous interactive data visualizations

1 - Galaxy of Covers

How can music and a love of interplanetary ideas mix together to make a data visualization? With this lovely interactive example of a data analysis about famous song covers. Each song is a planet and its covers are satellites orbiting around it. Each song planet can be clicked on to visualize its own specific data. 


  • Walk On By
  • All Along The Watchtower
  • Hallelujah
  • With A Little Help From My Friends
  • etc.

Scroll down and interact - amazing

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2- 200 Years of Immigration to the U.S

This is beautiful! Hover over any color at any point, and see the exact number of immigrants who became residents from that country in a specific decade. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Who were the Cumans?

The Cumans were fierce and formidable nomadic warriors of the Eurasian Steppe who exerted an enduring influence on the medieval Balkans. They were numerous, culturally sophisticated, and militarily powerful.


The Cumans entered the grassland of Eastern Europe in the 11th century, from where they continued to assault the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary, and Rus. It should be noted that Cumania was neither a state nor an empire, but different groups under independent rulers, or khans, who acted on their own initiative, meddling in the political life of the surrounding states.

Did you Know?

The Polovtsian Dances 
The Russian word "Polovtsy" was the name given to the Kipchaks and Cumans by the Rus people. A very famous classical music piece is called the Polovtsian Dances from Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor.  His opera tells the story of the heroic antics of a 12th-century Russian prince Igor and his campaigns against invading nomadic Polovtsy tribes. The Polovtsian Dances offer an exhilarating climax to the opera’s second act, as Prince Igor and his son Vladimir are taken prisoner by Polovtsian leader Khan Konchak, who entertains them lavishly and calls on his slaves to perform the thrilling dances. 

Further Info

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Rock Band Timelines

Wikipedia is always a great resource for info. From obscure history details to well written summations of art, literature and music its no wonder Google Searches always turn up a Wikipedia page first!

The visual format of the revolving membership in rock bands is a great example of well done data visualization. Below are a few from the collection. Click any graphic to see its enlargement

Allman Brothers




Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Pink Floyd


The Band



Best Data Visualizations of 2020

 A few selections from the visme site...

Plastic Bottles

Humans are addicted to drinking water from plastic bottles. This has turned into a huge garbage problem. This visualization shows the piles of plastic bottles in relation to famous landmarks and cityscapes. Source #5

Space Junk

Data artist Federica Fragapane was commissioned by the BBC to create a data visualization about Space Junk. The data sets are separated into different categories; the distance from the earth, the types of space junk, and the size and mass of the objects. Source #10


Migration waves is a visualization of data from 50 years of migration. The black and white waves over the yellow background create a wonderfully visual rendition of the data. It’s interesting to see in which countries more people leave and in which countries more people settle anew. Source  #21

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Three Great Interactive Maps

A Few Great Interactive Maps...

With technology advancements, content on maps and the maps themselves became digital, interactive, and more appealing as they’re incorporated in data analysis and reporting. Seeing location data mapped and included in visualizations has both enhanced understanding by more audiences and offered a valuable, new context.

Below are three notable data-driven examples that demonstrate the power of location data when paired with business intelligence.

1 - The invisible heartbeat of New York City

Visualization by: Justin Fung. This is amazing (you may have to refresh the page)

2 - All the World’s Immigration Visualized in One Map

Estimated net immigration (inflows minus outflows) by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015.

 3 - Mapping America’s Futures

This is a great example of a well made data-driven interactive map.

Test possible scenarios for how the US population might change by 2020 and 2030. The results will change depending on whether you choose low, average, or high rates for future births, deaths, or migration.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Maps That Show Us A New Perspective

This is an interesting site! The blurbs with each map are short and well written as well....

Land Use Throughout The United States

Air Traffic Control Zones Look Nothing Like The Country

Metric System Vs. Imperial System

Texas Doesn't Look All That Big Next Compared To Africa

Maps That Show Us A New Perspective >

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ghost Towns of the World

This a phenomenal site! Navigate across the world using a Google Map that links to a myriad of wb sites on ghost towns, etc.

Ghost Towns of the World

Map location links will take you to sites with photos such as these: