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Find out what data is available about you online

Have you ever wondered how much of your personal information is available online? Here’s your chance to find out.

Graph Slider

Moving an element along a given path

Oslo Transit Diagram

In 2017, I made an unofficial transit diagram covering the Oslo region in Norway.

A visual guide to Eurovision

Songs, winners and history of Europe’s annual song contest.

A war on stars: alternate rating systems besides 5 stars

How was it that the 5-star rating became the de facto measure? And what if there is room for something else?

detectable: An Explorable Explanation of Signal Detection Theory.

Signal Detection Theory mathematically models our choices in terms of our detection sensitivity and response bias.

Many of us fight sleep. Here’s why we should stop

Scientists are finding that the timing of our sleep matters more than we know.

Data Visualization State of the Industry 2022 Report

We provide high-level summaries of findings and answer important questions about the future of data visualization.


Interactive article explaining the physics of a bicycle.

A Map of Places in the US with the Same Name

We calculated what place someone is most likely referring to, depending on where they are.

A Eulogy for Dark Sky, a Data Visualization Masterpiece

A deep look at how the Dark Sky weather app used simple but highly effective charts to report and contextualize the weather.

Why California is still in drought despite heavy rain and snow

The golden state is stuck in a years-long, ongoing drought.

Same data, different stories: How to manipulate graphs to support your narrative

The dark art of manipulating graphs to better support your story, without losing your credibility.

The U.S. has caused the most global warming. When will China pass it?

China will soon pass the U.S. as history’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter.

Visualizing direction and the use of arrows

How graphic arrows support our natural abilities and make us better wayfinders.

1 dataset. 100 visualizations.

Can we come up with 100 visualizations from one simple dataset?

Box office breakup

Rom-coms have seen a rise and fall in popularity at theaters in the U.S. Will the genre make a comeback?

Why Pele is considered the greatest football player of all time

A visual explainer of Pele’s remarkable legacy in football and his most famous moments.

Origin and development of a Snowflake Map

Reproducible code demonstrating the evolution of a recent data viz of CONUS snow cover

NYC Slice

Starting in 2014, I logged every slice of pizza I ate in New York City on the Instagram account NYC Slice.