The Graphic Continuum

Analysis from Pew Research Center suggests that, overall, only 63 per cent of American adults can correctly interpret a scatter plot, a relatively common type of chart for showing the relationship between two variables. The figure was higher (79 per cent) for college graduates, but only half of those with a high school education or less could read the chart correctly.

To address the missing link in chart education, Mr Schwabish has worked with designer Severino Ribecca to produce the Graphic Continuum. He describes it as a “thought starter” for developing ideas that result in better charts: “It’s an answer to the common question ‘what graph should I make with these data?’”. By introducing a much wider range of charts than many people are familiar with (nearly 90), the Graphic Continuum also helps to guard against xenographphobia, a term used by the journalist Maarten Lambrechts to describe a fear of unusual graphics.

Source: Financial Times

Sensory Mapping


This is an interesting take on mapping... I don't exactly know how the data was measured (probably a little subjective) but it's nevertheless an innovative way of visualizing the experience of riding an airplane. Check it out!

Where is the Friend Zone?

This is pretty funny and interesting as it uses set theory to describe relationships! Ahh… the friend zone. It’s pretty much nowhere near where you want to be with any girl you actually like. Being in the friend zone can keep you from the love of your life. Here’s a handy chart that shows you exactly where the friend zone is… so you can avoid it.



Radiation Levels

Informative visualization on radiation levels and their effects (click for full size):

from Randal Munroe (creator of xkcd and data design hobbyist).

The State of Idaho has a radiation calculator, here.

Also, a nicely designed one from the New York Times (click for full):