Richard Silvester
May 22, 2015
Reading time:
7 min
Stamen maps
We’re all accustomed to the ease and functionality of Google maps but there’s one thing missing – individuality. Stamen have addressed this beautifully making best use of Google’s API and creating these treatments for you to adopt into your own maps.  There’s six to choose from mild to wild, thanks to Antonio Lulic, instructor at General Assembly for the find!
Red Bull
Talking of treatments our adrenaline junkie Maria stumble upon this beautifully executed animation combining data visualisation overlays with video footage.  As viz nerds we love the execution of this and it shows the science and discipline it takes to pull off a move that individually in footage may get overlooked.
The Upshot
Chances of Marriage
From catching waves to riding them out 🙂 Here’s yet another effective data visualisation from the NYT The Upshot  showing new data on how growing up in some places — especially liberal ones — makes people about 10% less likely to marry relative to the rest of the country. It will be interesting to see similar data for London and other major cities to compare and contrast.
Endagered Safari
Africa is probably home to some of the most impressive beasts currently wondering the planet, and it is saddening that many may not be around for much longer. This beautiful interactive piece from RJ Andrews shows where each critter can be found, and how critical their population levels currently are. Lets hope that generations from now can continues to marvel at these extraordinary animals in their natural home, rather than just on a computer screen in pieces such as this.
The Atlantic
Data Artist

The distinction between data presentation and data art is often fuzzy, especially as the growing availability of tools now allows practically anyone to begin visualising a wealth of information available to them. And with all of us leaving a trail of data footprints, there is plenty of information available to create the unultimate form of self-expression. An article from The Atlantic showcases many fantastic examples from those who have taken it upon themselves to do just that. Data art is often frowned upon, especially by those in academia, however it from those creative minds that we may discover new ways to bring data to life. The boundaries between practices are becoming increasingly blurred, however we are all free to draw the line wherever we choose.

Financial Times
Challenges of building taller skyscrapers is one thing, it also challenges lift manufacturers to develop the next generation of elevators, ones with record-breaking speeds of 4,000ft per minute! There’s something beautifully simplistic about watching this animation, especially the velocity as to when the lift gets near to the top. Imagine going up an elevator in one of these epic buildings and watching the visualisation in real time – perhaps not such a good idea for the quesy 🙂
The New York Times
California Draught
As California swelters and struggles through yet another summer drought, farmers, business owners, and residents have been asked to cut their water usage by 25%. Many will surely be surprised just how much Californian water the average American consumes. 300 gallons of each week in fact according to The New York Times in an absorbing new data led article.  It reminds us a little of Angela Morelli‘s wonderfully executed Water we eat. A small portion of beef will require 86 gallons to produce, a statistic made even more shocking when visualised using the photography and video on display here, leaving us thirsty for more articles of this nature.
Lewis Lehe and Dennys Hess
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Typical. You wait ages for a bus… then eight arrive all at once. As Londoners who rely on public transport to get about, bus bunching is an irksome yet intriguing phenomenon. This occurs when a bus gets delayed, leading to more people waiting at the next stop than anticipated. The extra passengers’ boarding time makes the bus even later, and so on in a vicious cycle. We can see how even the tiniest delay can have horrific consequences to our commute in this interactive by Lewis Lehe and Dennys Hess. The sooner London gets a 24 hour Tube service the better.