Visualizations: News

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This page is maintained by Dominique Thiebaut and contains various interesting visualization examples or related material found in the media and on the Web, in various forms. The authors of the visualization, or its source is indicated in the Author/Source field of each entry. I try to locate the actual authors as best as I can. I also try to find out what particular software tools were used to generate the visualization. This is reported in the implementation field.

The different visualization systems shown below are organized by application domains, and by type (borrowed and adapted from Viz4All).

The application domains include:

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Seeing Colors


Category: News/Newsprint/Software/Algorithms
Author/Source: Drew Skau at
Implementation: Multiple Tools
Date: March 2013

From Color is a crucial part of our visual experience. It indicates many things in our lives, from the ripeness of a banana, to how someone is feeling, to which subway line we should be on. Not everyone sees colors the same way, and colors have drastically different meanings in different cultures, but one thing we all have in common: color is important. These visualizations all show us different things about colors.

Decades of Influence: Harvard Business School


Category: News/Newsprint
Author/Source: Harvard Business School, developed by Eamonn O’Loughlin, a consultant working with business analytics for Accenture in Ireland
Implementation: NA
Date: Nov. 2012

From O’Loughlin used circles to represent the relative number of citations the top articles received (the 53 most cited articles had at least 1,000 citations). The circles start in the 1950s, and the biggest (most cited) ones are from the 1990s, covering topics such as global business (“The Competitive Advantage of Nations,” by Michael E. Porter, and “The Core Competence of the Corporation,” by C.K. Pralahad and Gary Hamel.) Circles for the important articles are color-coded: performance management is green, IT innovation is brown and customer-related articles are orange, for example. - See more at:

Reporting on Bin Laden's Death


Category: News
Implementation: Various
Date: May 2011

From : I have been through as many media as I could find, to see what the current state of Breaking News Infographic is. People often talk about this category as an lost artform – with dataviz taking over in the newsrooms, online-discussions and conferences. And yes – Breaking news isn’t trendy anymore (if it ever was?). It’s hard to innovate and experiment with new visualization-tools, when you know you have only a few hours before deadline. You never have the time or ressources you need. All that is part of the art – deliver while it’s hot. Like a glassblower you’ll blow life into your material, while it’s molten and constantly changing.

Byook: animated books


Category: News/Books
Implementation: NA
Date: Feb 2011

From Byooks are a new way of reading on an iPhone/iPad.
Using magic and codes defined by books and movies, they entice you to read beyond words. Pictures, animations and sounds bring great classics and today’s bestsellers to life.
Relax, open a Byook and reveal the true potential of imagination.

Deaths and Suicides in the Military


Category: News
Implementation: NA
Date: Jan 2011

From For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mountains of Fear


Category: Newsmedia
Implementation: Flash?, data from Google Insights and News Timeline
Date: 2010

From [1]: A spiced up, interactive version of Mountains Out Of Molehills. Now sporting filters, click-throughs to the data and a ‘scale by deaths’ button. Just like Bond villains have.

New York Magazine does it right!


Category: Review/Survey
Implementation: Web page
Date: Nov 2010

From There are lots of things that New York does well, but the thing it does best is its infographics. After Information is Beautiful's David McCandless had his infamous set-to with Neville Brody on Newsnight, the role of infographics has been increasingly questioned: many are beautiful but are they also meaningless? The infographics in New York are sometimes the former, but never the latter.

Designing books for Tablets


Category: Newsprint/eBooks
Implementation: Web page
Date: Jan. 2011

From Tablets are in many ways just like physical books—the screen has well defined boundaries and the optimal number of words per line doesn’t suddenly change on the screen. But in other ways, tablets are nothing like physical books—the text can extend in every direction, the type can change size. So how do we reconcile these similarities and differences? Where is the baseline for designers looking to produce beautiful, readable text on a tablet?

This essay looks to address these very questions. This essay also marks the release of an HTML baseline typography library for tablet reading. It’s currently iPad optimized. It’s called Bibliotype and the hope is for it to provide a solid base atop which we can explore. It’s very rudimentary, but rudimentary is a damn fine place to start.

Data Store at the Guardian


Author/Source: The Guardian, UK
Date: Dec. 2010

From The Guardian: Data journalism has become an increasingly big part of our work here at the Guardian - from Wikileaks to government spending, it's our job to make the key data accessible and easy to understand.
As Tim Berners-Lee said recently: "[Journalism is] going to be about poring over data and equipping yourself with the tools to analyse it and picking out what's interesting. And keeping it in perspective, helping people out by really seeing where it all fits together, and what's going on in the country."
So, we've pulled all our data journalism into one new place:

Journalism in the Age of Data

Category: Video/Multimedia
Implementation: Vimeo video
Date: 2010

A very nice overview of the state of data visualization. Some of the people interviewed: Martin Wattenberg, Fernanda Viegas, Ben Fry, Jeffrey Heer, Steve Duenes, Matt Ericson, Amanda Cox, Nicholas Felton, Eric Rodenbeck.

Although the video is available on Vimeo, watch it directly on the Stanford's site, where it is annotated.

Visualizing the World-Cup 2010


Category: News/Sports

Interactive Things, Zurich, Switzerland

Implementation: NA
Date: 2010

From The hard facts are given: A team has 11 players, the ball is round and a match takes 90 minutes. But what happens in between? We’ve compiled a list of applications and visualization that strive to provide insights into the FIFA World Cup 2010.


Category: News/Sports
Author/Source: NA
Implementation: NA
Date: 2010

From VisualSport™ is a service which allows you to enrich your sports experience through the sharing of custom and interactive visualizations. If you need to line-up your fantasy team, prepare your weekly bet or just comment your favourite players and teams performances, here is your place!

The idea behind VisualSport™ has been drafted from previous experiences started some years ago here at VISup, a passionate team which has always been in love with sports, stats and data visualizations.

What you have now in your hands is just a beta version of VisualSport™, which means that we do really welcome your suggestions and your feedbacks, to improve our service everyday.

CNN's Home and Away


Category: News, Government
Author/Source: CNN
Implementation: NA
Date: 2010

From: " and Stamen Design have launched "Home and Away" [], an impressive interactive data visualization that allows users to learn about and pay tribute to more than 6,000 fallen troops from more than 20 countries. Evolving from 2 separate lists of casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq, Home and Away tells the story of where and how the lives of these troops began and ended. The website also allows for personal memories to be continually added by family and friends."

Read more here...

Organizing for America

Category: News, Government
Author/Source: US Government
Implementation: YouTube Video
Date: 2010 reports on Edward Tufte "joining the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, which aims to track and explain $787 billion in recovery stimulus funds in the US."
The movie on YouTube shows infographics explaining the benefits of the recovery act over time.



Category: News, journalism
Implemenation: NA
Date: 2010

From VisualJournalism: Thomas Molén, who created the ‘Best of Show’-graphic in Malofiej this year, has good reason to smile. Now he can - unofficially at least - call himself ‘The best infographic artist in the World’. That is how tough the competition in Pamplona is. You submit your work and go up against the likes of New York Times and National Geographic, with only a small chance to win. But Thomas did it.

Naming Names

Naming Names
political/government, newsprint

Author/Source: NYT
Implementation: 2D, network
Date: June 21, 2008

From article in NYT, "Naming Names," on candidates naming each other names.

Visualizing the medals at the Olympics


Category: Newsprint, Geographic
Author/Source: NYT
Implementation: 2D

This is a dynamic display of the number of medals obtained at various olympics. This is nicely done, and uses some form of circle packing.

A String of Debates

A string of debates

Category: Political/Government, Newsprint
Author/Source: NYT
Implementation: 2D
Date: 2008

From the NYT, 12/15/2007 article: "A String of Debates", showing statistics on words/concepts appearing in candidates speeches

The Rest of the Genome


Category: Newsprint Graphics
Where: NYT
Implementation: NA
Date: 2008

Aritcle by By CARL ZIMMER Published: November 10, 2008

From NYT article of 11/11/08, on Thomas R. Gingeras of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He is a leader of Encode, an effort to determine the function of every piece of DNA in the human genome.

Bubble Chart from the NYT


Category: Newsprint
Where: NYT
Implementation: 2D
Date: 2008

From the Oct. 7, 2008 NYT article "Multimillion-Dollar Men" Link to the interactive display.

Note the overlap of the bubble, indicating excess and data too large in magnitude for the display...

In the Art of a DNA Graph

scientific, newspring

Author/Source: NYT Implementation: 2D
Date: 6/18/2008

“DNA Collage 1” is on the cover of the new issue of Connecticut Medicine. Dr. Ruaño called it a “snapshot” of variations in the genome sequences of 62 people, one to a column, from blood samples taken in clinical studies at the hospital.

DESIGN AND SCIENCE: The Life and Work of Will Burtin


Category: Newsprint
Author/Source: NYT
Implementation: NA
Date: 06/01/2008


Burtin was one of many designer exiles who fled the Nazis and Fascists, including the Bauhaus teachers Herbert Bayer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy […] Burtin was the art director of Fortune magazine in the late ’40s, responsible for introducing abstract and conceptual art covers. Burtin’s most impressive contribution was the marriage of science and design.

After a recent spate of graphic designer biographies, this detailed monograph is definitely overdue. Burtin’s virtually forgotten work, like the exhibition “Metabolism — the Cycle of Life,” prefigures the interaction design practiced today on the Web and reveals just how entertaining well-articulated graphic and exhibition design about science can be.

Visualizing 3D

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Category: Newsprint
Author/Source: NYT
Implementation: NA
Date: 5/13/2008

Article from the NYT on 5/13/08.
“Exploring the virtual universe is incredibly smooth and seamless like a top-of-the-line computer game, but also the science is correct”

The WorldWide Telescope results from careful planning and lengthy development in a research division. It has the richer graphics and it created special software to present the images of spherical space objects with less polar distortion. WorldWide Telescope requires downloading a hefty piece of software, and it runs only on Microsoft Windows.

Google Sky started as a Google “20 percent” project, in which engineers can spend time on anything they choose. Google Earth, where Google Sky began, requires a software download, but its Web-based version, which came out in March, does not. The Google culture encourages engineers to put new things onto the Internet quickly and keep improving them, a philosophy geared to constant evolution instead of finished products.

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