Hacking money with graphics to draw attention to economic inequalities. I love that they included accurate titles and legends. (via Ritholtz)
These types of positive/negative word content analysis usually raise more questions than they answer (and there is discussion on that over at FlowingData), but they sure are pretty.
A nice interactive analysis of Chinese investment. Click on the sector symbols below the colored bar graph to filter the data.
Interesting photo timeline design idea. To be fair, they should have used a linear scale. (via; thanks to David Cramer for the link).
To be cliché: the truth may surprise you. This is a great look at the “loopholes” in our tax system, point by point. You can filter by kind of break, compare individual vs corporate, find out when they were first implemented, and see how they all add up. However, I really wish the lines in the main bar graph had matched width with the amount of the break (with the y-axis being billions of $) – at first glance that’s what I thought was going on. I’m also not sure how I feel about things like “employer contributions to health care” being considered a break. (related article)
An elegant multi-indicator graphic from the NYT on income inequality and jobs. It’s disappointing that it took so long for the story of these trends to get traction in the media. (related article)
Barry Ritholtz has another great post about the housing market over at The Big Picture. In addition to his analytical insights, he pointed out two great tools for looking at housing markets across the country.
The first is a Rent vs Buy interactive from Trulia:
Second is the Wall Street Journal’s chart of price-to-income ratios (compared to the 1985-00 average).
WTFnoway.com presents literal visualizations of how many Benjamins the US debt really amounts to.
Another beauty from xkcd. “Polar graph of what stuff happen on which days, based on number of google results… The relative frequency of <day> in <phrase> is shown by the distance from the center.”
National Geographic mashed together income-level and population distribution to make this beautiful map.
Animated evolution of the Latin character set from Phonecian. Other timelines are available.
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