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2012 In Data Visualizations

Data visualizations. Infographics. Maps. Information design. No matter how you call it, 2012 was the year data science and design started going steady.

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From the big...

"The Internet map is an attempt to look into the hidden structure of the network, fathom its colossal scale, and examine that which is impossible to understand from the bare figures of statistics." The maps creators put it best. the small.

For over a decade Stephen Wolfram has collected data about his emails, keystrokes, text editing, calendar, phone calls, and physical steps. In March he analyzed them to find both his "daily rhythms" of work and the development rate of ideas. The results are fascinating and beautiful.

...and obsess over current twitter counts.

During the Olympics emoto ran as a real-time visualization revealing the emotions and frequency of Twitter activity about the games. Created by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment and Studio NAND emoto tracks Twitter for tweets on Olympic themes, then uses sentiment analysis on the text.

...but Nate Silver owned the night

A spot on prediction of the electoral college breakdown meant Silver won the night, but the New York Times graphics department dominated the election season with beautiful maps, thoughtful analysis and clear and consistent graphs for Silver on FiveThirtyEight blog.

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