Why You Should Care About The Plan To Break Up California

California is the most populous state in the US, a fact some believe makes it ungovernable. The Six Californias Initiative would seek to make things more manageable by dividing the state into six parts. But what effect might this division have? How would each new state compare, demographically, to the other now-55… » 3/20/14 11:00am 3/20/14 11:00am

6 P.M. is the most dangerous time of day to be a pedestrian

At least in the winter. As the days get longer, the risk tapers off slowly, or gets pushed back an hour or two, as you can see in this chart of pedestrian risk over time. But, it's not just a chart — it's also a map. » 1/28/14 9:30am 1/28/14 9:30am

Make your own scientifically-accurate Earth ornaments!

Building on this instructional from Maker Mama, datavisualization expert John Nelson has created a template you can use to craft your very own paper globe ornaments out of satellite imagery from NASA's Visible Earth team (the same imagery used to create this animation of a breathing Earth). » 12/16/13 1:20pm 12/16/13 1:20pm

When tornados strike, which way do they travel?

These gorgeous maps have the answer. Created by datavisualization expert John Nelson, these "Tornado Travel Maps" depict the relative proportion of more than 60 years of U.S. tornadoes by their direction of travel. Notice a pattern? » 6/18/13 8:20am 6/18/13 8:20am

How well did NYC's flood analysis predict the reality of Hurricane…

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy's storm surge advanced mercilessly on New York City. Subway lines we inundated. City streets turned fluvial. Gawker's server host did its best impression of Niagara Falls. Shit got — as they say — real. » 2/05/13 9:33am 2/05/13 9:33am

Visualizing 5 years of traffic fatalities: what is the deadliest time…

Data visualization expert John Nelson uses graphic design to illustrate risk. In his latest infographic, he plots the perilousness of driving — something many of us will be doing a lot of in the coming weeks. Using traffic fatality data collected between 2006 and 2010, Nelson set out to look for daily, weekly, monthly, … » 12/21/12 8:30am 12/21/12 8:30am

This is the most accurate American election map we've seen yet

There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You've probably seen maps that depict America's blended political landscape before ("we are not that divided" writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you've never seen one quite like this. It was created by… » 11/14/12 8:41am 11/14/12 8:41am

This gorgeous world map depicts all of Earth's hurricanes since 1851

Data visualization expert John Nelson likes to illustrate risk. Usually he focuses on individual events, but in recent months he's directed his design talents towards a series of bigger projects, in the interest of communicating information about "general geographic trends in existential risk." Translation: beautiful… » 8/23/12 8:25am 8/23/12 8:25am

Map Reveals That Wildfires Release As Much Energy As Nuclear Power…

If we've learned anything from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, it's that major wildfires are devastatingly powerful. They're so intense, in fact, that their energy output can actually be represented in terms of nuclear power plant output. Now, data visualization wizard John Nelson has done exactly that. » 7/17/12 3:17pm 7/17/12 3:17pm

A Luminescent Map of the World's Earthquakes Since 1898

You're looking at the latest work of John Nelson, who is becoming well known for combining natural-disaster data with brilliant visualizations. The Michigan-based designer first captured our attention with a series of fantastic maps of U.S. tornado data. Now, he's used his talents to chart a century's worth of… » 7/06/12 1:44pm 7/06/12 1:44pm