We are visual animals that not only assess our surroundings continuously through sight, but are able to extract information and logical conclusions through abstract representations. This is why visual representation of data is a very powerful tool, which can communicate with almost anything more effective than text.
This skill – the ability to interpret data and analyze and communicate ideas about these data – has never been more important. 2018 brought a wealth of brilliant visualization works to the fore, and much of that changed our view of the world around us. Here are a few of the best.
The real size of the world powers? Not as great as you think
Move Mercator projection on the real size of each country in relation to all other countries.
– Neil Kaye (neilrkaye) 12 October 2018
You probably already know that countries such as Russia, Canada, the United States and even in regions like Europe are smaller than they appear in the Mercator projection. But this year, cartographer Neil Kaye has really developed a radically biased mapping process – through this animation that compares how states look on the Mercator map versus their actual geographic reality.
A terrifying case of our atmosphere
NASA's Earth Observatory has issued a shocking new version of the Earth's atmosphere map, with a new Mordor color palette. Comparable Companion: Viz displays aerosol suspensions in the atmosphere one day in August. Orange is a black carbon smoke produced by fire and coal burning, purple is dust, blue ocean salt is suspended in the air by storms. In short, it has been an impressive glimpse into our planet in crisis.
Tangled network of corporate corruption
78% of the top 50 companies in the S & P 500 are directly linked to one or more board members. From Disney to JP Morgan Chase, all these networks are a network of friends that raise corporate corruption and even economic crises, Review of Harvard Business. This perception by Eric Rod shows these links with shocking clarity.
Other environmental crisis
When Dutch artists and designer Dawan Rosigard learned that there were about 18 million pounds of litter that orbits the earth, not the working satellites, but scrap, Such as debris from old rockets, the cut-off of random spacecraft and dead satellites – decided to launch a project called the Space Waste Laboratory, which led to the visual perception above. Gives us a glimpse of an environmental crisis that is not even in this world.
Mad American Real Estate
As the economic bubble continues to expand, the gap between Americans continues to widen. According to the Trulia real estate platform, more than 3 million homes in the United States currently amount to $ 1 million or more, doubling the count from 2012. This interactive map shows where all these homes are concentrated throughout the country. You may not be surprised that you have learned that California is at the center of this affordability crisis.
The heartbeat of New York City
The designer and researcher Viz Justin Fung used data from the 2010 census, the rotating MST database, and a previous NYU study to estimate the population per block in Manhattan and create a fantastic moving map of how to change from hour to hour throughout the week. It really is like a living being.
How companies share your data
Another topic that has been widely discussed this year – Privacy – has also been more precisely defined by data. This perception by researcher Rebecca Rex appears
The extent to which companies share your private information on a large scale using data from PayPal in the EU. He is not only Facebook, though he is certainly a major criminal because of the sheer amount of information You are give her. But as Rex has shown, it is far from the only guilty party.
How Trump pockets your tax dollars
Donald Trump promised to "dry the swamp" and stop the corrupt "elite" from exploiting the hard work of "we the people". Because this chart is by watch ProPublica Shows, does the exact opposite. Based on 27 investigative sections, it shows how much federal tax money will go into Trump's own business and campaign.
Google Earth, but 750 million years ago
Then there were frankly exhilarating scenarios like Ian Webster. Webster believes that giving people the ability to track the location of their homes on our planet at any time during the past 750 million years is a great way to teach humans about geological history. I totally agree. Enjoy a little time traveling here.
The map you put all in perspective
Finally, something comfortable. You look at one of the most extraordinary maps ever created: a 10 x 10-foot digital picture of a world map of 60 hand-drawn papers in 1587 by Italian cartographer Urbano Monti – the world's largest map of the world. It's not the 2018 map, but a new interactive version this year has been uploaded to the historic David Ramsey Maps Collection at Stafford University after a fine digital process. It was a short break after a year of political, economic and environmental shocks.