There are some beautiful illustrations in this online exhibition of data visualisation in the past few hundred years.
I must admit I’ve been wincing a little every time I see a graph with a logarithmic scale in a news article about COVID-19. It takes quite a bit of cognitive work to translate to a linear scale and get the real story.
Correlation does not imply causation.
How cartography made early modern global trade possible.
Maps and legends. Beautiful!
Tom makes an endpoint for generating QR codes so you don’t have to rely on the Google Charts API.
He also provides a good definition of “serverless”:
Now, serverless is a very silly buzzword dreamed up by someone from the consultant class who love coming up with terrible names, so I promise I won’t use it any further. Your code obviously run on a server. It just means it runs on a server someone else manages.
Amazon call it a ‘Lambda Function’. Google call it a ‘Cloud Function’. Microsoft Azure call it simply a ‘Function’. But none of those are very descriptive, because, well, anyone who writes any kind of programming language generally writes functions pretty much all the time in much the same way as anyone who writes English writes paragraphs, and we don’t call our blogging software “Cloud Paragraphs”. (Someone will now, I’m guessing.)
These diagrams of early networks feel like manuscripts that you’d half expect to be marked with “Here be dragons” at the edges.
These are beautiful!
Featured below is a chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour.
This could be a handy replacement for some Google Charts images of graphs. It uses SVG and is responsive by default.
I bet it wouldn’t be too tricky to use this to make some sparklines.
What a lovely bit of progressive enhancement—styling data tables to display as charts.
A nice little pattern for generating a swish timeline in SVG from a plain ol’ definition list in HTML.
Beautiful visualisations of science and nature.
Made with love by a designer with a molecular biology degree.
Remember when I made that canvas sparkline script? Remember when Stuart grant my wish for an SVG version? Well, now Tom has gone one further and created a hosted version on sparksvg.me
Not a fan of sparklines? Bars and circles are also available.
Mashing up Angry Birds and spreadsheets to better visualise project time-tracking.
This is may just be the best thing on the internet about data visualisation and statistics. And sex.
A thoroughly well-researched and data-heavy blog post ...complete with interactive charts!
End of the year charts based on real data: "Based entirely on your scrobbling, this is a real look at what you've been listening to (not just buying). The charts are ranked by total number of listeners."