Sure, the internet and the information revolution has been fun. But before that there was the communication revolution. And before that, it was transportation:
(original source: 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, which has a number of other cool historical maps)
Apparently the forecasts for the current heat-wave in Australia are so hot that the Bureau of Meteorology had to add two new colors to it’s forecasting map:
And here is the NYT version of of the 2012 temperature map. I like the city histograms at the bottom.
An amusing map from 1927, showing which areas of California could be used to film movies that you wanted to look like other parts of the world.
Interesting analysis of metro traffic. But I am always left wanting by ordinal rankings. Perhaps coloring the stations themselves in a heatmap manner while desaturating the line colors would have been more useful.
On the same site is the awesome “Evolution of Metrorail” utility that let’s you cycle through the opening of new stations since 1976:
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation collects detailed information on global health issues, and produces a number of interesting visualizations.
How people died in 2010 – by cause, age, and filterable by sex and region:
Life expectancy in the US (1989-2009). Who knew it varied so much?
Drill-downable US Causes of Death (1970-2006)
and many many more.
I’ve always read how well designed HC Beck’s 1933 version of the London underground was. It only occurred to me the other day that I never had seen the old version for comparison. There are definitely significant improvements (…improvements that have proven very useful as the system grew further), but I can’t say it blows me away. Of course, that might be because we now view those design features as commonplace.
Hopefully these will be the last ones of the cycle – though these were nicely done by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Max Rust:
By margin of victory (technically, the same data as the “purple america” map that used blue/red hues).
by electoral votes:
By the talented Robert J Vanderbei
And here’s 2012 as calculated today:
Nice work by NPR – though I generally prefer non-contiguous cartograms.
Thanks to Fez for sending in the link!
From the generally impartial Pew Center:
Increase in federal support to states during recession:
Where the federal grant money went as percent of state revenue:
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